Hulu is expanding its teen programming offerings, acquiring exclusive streaming rights to Freakish, a new 10-episode horror series from AwesomenessTV. The series is in production for premiere on Hulu later this year.
Freakish centers on a group of students at a small-town high school who must fight for survival when predatory mutant freaks take over after a meltdown at the local chemical plant. Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Aislinn Paul, Tyler Chase, Meghan Rienks, Melvin Gregg and Hayes Grier star. The cast also includes Chad L. Coleman, Mary Mouser, and Chachi Gonzales.
“Our Gen Z audience craves binge-worthy, on-demand entertainment, which is why we’re excited to be in business with Hulu,” said Shelley Zimmerman, executive producer and head of scripted series for AwesomenessTV. “Brian Robbins and I have had a longstanding relationship with Craig Erwich, and we look forward to collaborating with him and his team to bring Freakish to Hulu.”
Freakish was created by Beth Szymkowski (AwesomenessTV’s Runaways). The series is executive produced by Brian Robbins, Shelley Zimmerman, Beth Szymkowski, Matt Lewis, Chris Grismer and produced by Scott Levine. The series pilot was written by Szymkowski and will be directed by Grismer.
In a separate deal, Hulu recently acquired the exclusive U.S. streaming VOD rights to two feature-length pics from Awesomeness Films: Snervous, a documentary from YouTube and social media star Tyler Oakley, and Janoskians: Untold and Untrue, an uncensored mockumentary and concert special from the Australian comedy group. Both are streaming now exclusively on Hulu.