The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to streaming initiatives in the U.S. from various networks and platforms.
* Netflix Inc. picked up rights to "Happy As Lazzaro" and "Girl" for North America and Latin America. Both movies premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, according to a May 19 news release.
* Netflix green-lighted "First Ladies," a political comedy starring Jennifer Aniston as president of the U.S. and Tig Notaro as the first lady. The series was written by Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, the company said May 18.
* Hulu LLC entered into a content licensing agreement with VICE Media LLC. The deal that marks VICELAND's first subscription video-on-demand partnership will add 15 series to Hulu's library of unscripted programming, including all past episodes of "Gaycation," "Woman," and "F*ck, That's Delicious," according to a May 17 news release. Hulu subscribers will be able to stream these shows starting June 8.
* In more Netflix news, the streaming company acquired rights to the "Lost Girls" movie. Starring Amy Ryan, the true-crime story is based on Robert Kolker's book of the same name, the company said May 16.
In other platform news
* AT&T Inc. plans to launch a new over-the-top DIRECTV-branded product by the end of the year, bringing the number of its subscription video services to five, John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said at a conference. Speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit on May 15, Donovan said the new service will differ from its current DIRECTV-branded OTT product DIRECTV Now by giving a more robust content offering that more closely resembles its satellite-delivered linear DIRECTV service.
* ESPN (US) teamed up with Netflix to produce a documentary series about NBA star Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls championship teams, Multichannel News reported May 15, citing the network's upfront presentation. Titled "The Last Dance," the 10-part series will feature the last of the team's six championships during the Jordan era.
* Netflix will stream original horror anthology series "Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight." In this live-action series, del Toro will present a collection of personally curated stories that are both sophisticated and horrific, the company said May 14.