Online streaming service Hulu’s CEO Mike Hopkins is stepping down from the company to become chairman at Sony Pictures Television.
In his place, Fox Network Group president and COO Randy Freer has been named the new CEO of Hulu.
Hopkins (pictured), has been the CEO of Hulu since 2013. Under his leadership, the company built its original slate of programming, including the Golden Globe-nominated comedy Casual and drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, which recently won eight of Hulu’s 10 Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
Hopkins also shepherded the company’s expansion into the pay-TV space earlier in 2017 with the launch of its live news, entertainment and sports package.
Prior to Hulu, Hopkins was president of distribution for Fox Networks, where he oversaw the distribution strategy, sales and marketing for the company’s 45 linear and non-linear U.S. channels, as well as on-demand and digital extensions. His team also developed many of the television industry’s leading authenticated and digital video products, including BTN2GO and Fox Now.
Hopkins will begin his role at Sony Pictures in late November, reporting to Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
While Hopkins leaves Hulu, Freer, who currently serves on the Hulu Board, will start in his new position effective Monday (Oct. 30) and will be based at Hulu’s headquarters in LA.
As president and COO of Fox Networks Group, Freer oversaw revenue, distribution, operations, business development and strategy for all areas of the Fox Television Group, FX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Partners.
Prior to his current role, Freer served as co-president and COO, FOX Sports Media Group, where he expanded FOX Sports’ portfolio of league, conference, and team media rights. He also oversaw the negotiations which led to long-term agreements with the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and the USGA, as well as with the Pac-12, Big 12, and Big East Conferences. Freer also played a key role in Fox’s acquisition of the World Cup and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“We want to thank Mike for his leadership in steering Hulu to its current era of growth and success,” said the Hulu board, in a statement. “Randy has a unique knowledge of Hulu and expertise building consensus among its owners, and an excellent track record leading a complex organization at the nexus of the television business. There’s no better candidate to lead Hulu as it embarks on its next chapter.”