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March 12th, 2012 by Alex Kruglov Content Acquisition

Since Hulu’s launch, our audiences have responded with great passion to the documentary films available on the Hulu service. And as lovers of great films, so have we. As early as 2008, our CEO Jason Kilar was celebrating Hoop Dreams coming to Hulu on our blog. Three years ago, we launched a Documentaries section to help people easily discover and enjoy the hundreds of doc titles we offer.

Since then, Hulu users have instantly streamed hundreds of acclaimed docs including Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me and Where In the World is Osama bin Laden, Criterion Collection’s Hoop Dreams, Grey Gardens, The Times of Harvey Milk, Salesman and General Idi Amin Dada, as well as other favorites like Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, Joy Division, Born Rich, The Endless Summer, Transcendent Man and Fuel.  Crawford even had its world premiere on Hulu.

I am thrilled to announce that today we have 30 new documentary titles coming to our Documentaries library, many of them exclusively.  Now, Hulu Plus users will have exclusive access to some of the most interesting and thought-provoking documentaries of recent years, licensed from our partner Snag Films, including Oscar-nominated titles Capturing the Friedmans and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, as well as Jesus Camp and We Live in Public.

March’s “Documentary of the Month” will be Amir Bar-Lev’s Re:Generation Music Project. Amir, (who directed The Tillman Story and co-produced the 2009 Oscar-nominated Trouble the Water), captures how admired electronic artists The Crystal Method, DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, Mark Ronson and Skrillex use technology to mix musical styles and genres to create original tracks.  Another upcoming “Documentary of the Month” will be Under African Skies, a movie that celebrates Paul Simon’s brilliant album Graceland. It’s directed by Joe Berlinger who was nominated for an Oscar this year for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. Other titles premiering this year include Billionaire, which blew me away at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Chasing Ghosts, which was nominated for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize.

I am also proud to announce that Hulu will be streaming Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will come to Hulu Plus on August 10th after a theatrical run later this spring.  Co-produced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Stan Lee, the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the fans, aspiring creators, and performers who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego to attend the world’s largest geek convention, “Comic-Con.” We’ll have it exclusively on the service for more than four years. Hulu users love Morgan Spurlock, and we are excited to make this announcement alongside the second season launch of his Hulu Original Series, A Day in the Life.

We strongly believe the world needs to hear these brilliantly crafted stories, and our audiences agree. We will continue to bring great documentaries to Hulu for our users to discover and enjoy whenever and wherever they want.