By Evan DeSimone
As Hulu continues to ramp up its focus on original content, the streamer has added longtime NBCUniversal dealmaker Philip Matthys to its growing originals team.
Prior to joining Hulu, Matthys spent nearly 13 years at NBCU working in legal or business affairs. He was most recently SVP of business affairs for the company’s cable entertainment and cable studio unities. He will now assume the title head of business affairs for Hulu’s originals division. This new role will put the former IP lawyer at the head of all of Hulu’s development and production deals.
Hulu has been stepping up it’s original programming efforts in recent months, renewing its breakout hit “Difficult People” for a second season and ordering a fresh pilot from “The Interview” duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Unlike rivals Netlix and Amazon, Hulu has taken a slower approach to original programming in the past, preferring to focus on licensing content or picking up broadcast network castoffs. The announcement comes at a time when Hulu is also getting more aggressive on revenue with the launch of its own programmatic ad market earlier this week.