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Hulu launches doc arm, acquires authorized Beatles film

The digital streaming service has expanded its reach with the launch of its Hulu Documentary Films arm while unveiling its first acquisition: the tentatively titled feature The Beatles: Eight Days a Week from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
May 4, 2016

Digital streaming service Hulu has expanded its reach with the launch of its Hulu Documentary Films arm while unveiling its first acquisition: the tentatively titled feature The Beatles: Eight Days a Week from Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

Hulu Documentary Films, which has secured the exclusive U.S. streaming video on-demand rights to The Beatles film from Apple Corps, will serve as the home for premium original and exclusive documentary film titles coming to the SVOD platform.

The film, which was first announced in 2014, will utilize rare and exclusive archive footage to explore the band’s “inner world” and cover how they made decisions and related to each other, as well as how the members built their careers over the course of their touring years, which ended with a final public concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

It is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. The sound from the concerts is being restored by long-time Beatles collaborator Giles Martin.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is scheduled to premiere across the digital platform following its theatrical run this fall.

White Horse Pictures and distributor StudioCanal showcased the film to international buyers at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

White Horse’s Nigel Sinclair, Scott Pascucci and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment are set to produce alongside Howard. For Apple Corps, Jeff Jones and Jonathan Clyde serve as executive producers, along with Imagine’s Michael E. Rosenberg and White Horse’s Guy East and Nicholas Ferrall.

The film is coproduced by One Voice One World’s Matt White, Stuart Samuels and Bruce Higham.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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