Lionsgate, Hulu Acquire Comedy ‘Joshy’

Lionsgate and Hulu together have acquired North American rights to Jeff Baena’s comedy Joshy, which will be distributed through Lionsgate’s specialty film label Lionsgate Premiere. It also will stream exclusively on Hulu following its theatrical run. Joshy had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Completion section.

The move continues Lionsgate’s relationship with the online streamer; the company already has four original TV series on Hulu.

Joshy is about the emotionally inept nature of male bonding. After his engagement ends badly, Josh (Thomas Middleditch) decides to take advantage of his bachelor-party plans in Ojai, CA, with the few screwed-up friends still willing to join him. Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman and Jenny Slate also star.

It was produced by Liz Destro, Michael Zakin and Pally and executive produced by Starstream’s Kim Leadford and Charles Bonan and Bow and Arrow Entertainment’s Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro.

The deal was negotiated by WME Global on behalf of StarStream. It was negotiatedon behalf of Lionsgate by Geobert Abboud, EVP strategic and business development of worldwide of worldwide home hntertainment, Eda Kowan, Executive VP acquisitions and co-productions, and acquisitions executive Lauren Freeman.

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