Monday, November 21, 2016

Hulu Gains Exclusive Streaming Rights For Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls

Hulu has gained the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to the entire franchise of Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls. In an extensive multi-year agreement, the online streaming service will add the entire The Powerpuff Girls catalog of content which includes the new Emmy Award-nominated series that debuted earlier this year as well as all of the classic episodes from earlier years. Chowder, another Cartoon Network original, will also be added to Hulu’s kids programming as part of this arrangement.

To kick off the deal, Hulu has now made a collection of The Powerpuff Girls specials and fan favorite episodes from the original series - just in time for the holiday season. The special package, titled Best Friends Forever, includes the The Powerpuff Girls 10th anniversary special, as well as a holiday special, and is available to stream within the Hulu Kids environment.  As one of Cartoon Network’s most enduring original series, the initial run of The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, premiered in 1998 and quickly became a global phenomenon. Since its premiere, the series earned two Emmy® Awards along with five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78 episodes.

The brand new series continues to inspire children all over the world to learn to code through special episodes and programs. The newly reimagined The Powerpuff Girls made its global return in April and successfully won the night in all key demos and had over 81 million worldwide fans, making it the largest international event in the history of the Cartoon Network. The series was renewed for a second season, with episodes from the first season scheduled to become available to stream on Hulu in 2017, and subsequent seasons launching on Hulu after they air on Cartoon Network.

The newly reimagined series The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings (Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants) serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!) as co-executive producer. Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls franchise will join a full catalog of exclusive original programming from Cartoon Network that is now available to stream on Hulu through an existing output agreement with Turner Broadcasting. The extensive licensing deal made Hulu the streaming home to the largest selection Cartoon Network programming. Under the deal, Hulu acquired the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to full prior seasons of Cartoon Network juggernauts Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show and Steven Universe; as well classic animated titles. Hulu’s growing library of exclusive, top-rated kids programming includes one of the highest-rated kids television properties, CURIOUS GEORGE, as well as full libraries of Doc McStuffins, Gravity Falls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

A subscription to Hulu is $7.99 per month with limited commercials or commercial free for $11.99.  Hulu is doubling down on attracting parents by expanding its children's programming and creating a special Kids Portal for young audiences  The Kids Portal allows children's programming to be viewed commercial free even if a family is on the basic $7.99 per month plan.  The streaming service also has a Kids Lock feature which restricts viewing to only shows designated as children's programming which can be triggered through a TV, PC, or mobile devices.

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