Beginning immediately, the first eight seasons of “Hell’s Kitchen” are available for streaming on Hulu – but only for Hulu Plus subscribers. The streaming video site announced that it acquired the exclusive streaming rights to the Fox hit series from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury.
Produced by ITV Studios America, Hell’s Kitchen stars celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay running a rigorous culinary boot camp. Under the deal, the first eight seasons are available now to Hulu Plus subscribers. Current episodes from season nine and a rotating selection of library episodes will also be available on the free, ad-supported Hulu service.
“We are excited to expand the presence of Hell’s Kitchen’s with a premium video service like Hulu,” said Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein in one of those strange unison quotes that appear only in press releases. “Digital networks are an important and complementary part of the overall distribution mix for a top-tier series like this; increased programming demand from digital video services benefits not only producers and distributors, but viewers who gain access to quality shows on screens of all sizes.”
“There are many exciting opportunities to monetize our content across an expanding array of digital platforms worldwide. We’re delighted to be working with Hulu, a force in premium television programming, on this innovative distribution deal,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television distribution and digital.