Hulu will expand its original programming roster this year to include series from famous names like Eva Longoria and “Saturday Night Live” actor and writer Seth Myers, the company announced on its blog today.
Andy Forssell, vice president of content for Hulu, wrote on the blog: “In less than two years, Hulu has distributed 25 Hulu Original and Exclusive Series, offering viewers distinctive premium programming that can’t be seen anywhere else from top creative talent and 2013 is gearing up to be another great year for exclusive and original programming on Hulu.”
In the coming months, some of the programs that will debut on the video-streaming site will include its first animated series “The Awesomes” created by SNL writer Myers and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” executive producer Michael Shoemaker, a new series with Eva Longoria called “Mother Up!” and a documentary series called “Behind The Mask” where cameras film the lives of sports mascots. Hulu will also feature original programming from the UK, France and Israel such as the comedy “The Wrong Man,” reality series “The Only Way Is Essex” and the French crime series “Braquo.”
Under long-time CEO Jason Kilar, who announced he was stepping down last week, Hulu’s influence has grown considerably in the past five years as it tries to compete with rival streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video. It doubled the number of subscribers in 2012 from the previous year to reach the 3 million mark as it tried to introduce its own original programming as well as expand its reach beyond its computer base and into smart televisions and game consoles.