Hulu tapped to bring Canadian hit procedural to the US
Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 10-01-2012
Lionsgate, in an effort to leverage digital distribution to export Canadian content to the south, has sold season one of Thunderbird Films' crime drama Endgame to Hulu for distribution in the US.
The procedural, rabidly popular in Canada, will premiere in the U.S. on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service on 9 January.
"Having a U.S. partner on a procedural drama is an important boost in realising the long-term value of any franchise, and we believe that Hulu's commitment to the show will expand its audience and increase its value worldwide for many years to come," said Michael Shepard, Executive Producer and President of Thunderbird Films.
Endgame is a Canadian drama television series that premiered last March, earning five Gemini nominations, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmys, including Best Dramatic Series. It stars Shawn Doyle of Big Love, 24 and Desperate Housewives fame and centres on a brilliant chess master named Arkady Balagan. Traumatised by the murder of his fiancee, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel. To pay his bills, he works as a detective, solving mysteries with the help of an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics. Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, Balagan uses the skills that made him World Chess Champion to solve crimes that mystify others. He imagines events, interviews the living and even the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios – all in his head.
"The emergence of new digital partners like Hulu has dramatically extended the longevity and significantly increased the syndication opportunities for premium content like Endgame," said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer.