Hulu, Funimation expand global anime partnership | Deals | News | Rapid TV News
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In the leading OTT service’s largest deal for anime programming to date, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) company Funimation is to become a primary supplier for Hulu’s subtitled and dubbed anime content.

My Hero Academia 5Dec2018The multi-year partnership and output deal will significantly expand Hulu’s anime collection with new subtitled and dubbed titles each year from the leading anime distributor.

The new deal will grant Hulu a first look at US streaming video-on-demand rights to future anime series produced and released by Funimation beginning in 2019, and will make Hulu and Funimation the co-exclusive premiere destinations to certain new subtitled anime hits day and date with the worldwide premiere in Japan. It also broadens Hulu and Funimation’s previously-existing agreement and will make both Hulu and Funimation the co-exclusive US premiere homes to dozens of highly-anticipated, new anime titles each year.

Through its previous partnership with Funimation, Hulu has been home to an list of titles from Funimation. Funimation’s catalogue of anime titles currently includes more than 600 shows offering over 10,000 hours of subtitled and dubbed entertainment.

“This expansive agreement, which symbolises both companies’ shared commitment to anime, along with the support of SPT, further cements Funimation’s position as a global leader in anime distribution,” said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO at Funimation. “It will fuel the acquisition of new titles and provide both Funimation and Hulu subscribers with access to the very best in anime that Japan has to offer.”

“Funimation has been a long-time partner of ours, and together we have curated a full library of the most sought-after anime series from all over the world on Hulu,” added Lisa Holme, Hulu’s VP of content acquisition. “With this new deal, we are doubling-down on our investment to continue growing our world class anime offering with even more shows that we know our viewers love to watch.”