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In Groundbreaking Move, Hulu Secures Rights to New Drama Series

Jul 29, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Hulu’s premium service did something it hasn’t done before in obtaining exclusive streaming rights to a new drama series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, WGN America sold the rights to “Manhattan” to the online video streamer.

What makes the arrangement a first for Hulu is that the deal was made before the show debuted Sunday night. The streaming service’s head of content commented on the move in a blog post.

“‘Manhattan’ may have just premiered last night, but it is already gathering acclaim with both critics and fans alike. That’s why it was no question for us to commit to the series before a single episode even aired to the public — making it the first time Hulu has stricken such a deal,” Hulu’s Craig Erwich wrote.

New episodes of the show’s first season will be available to stream on Mondays following WGN America’s Sunday night airing of the drama, which is about the race to build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, N.M.

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