High Fidelity, the 10-episode series starring Zoë Kravitz is reportedly now moving from Disney+ to sibling streaming service, Hulu.

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that High Fidelity, a series originally being developed for Disney+ plus will instead make its debut on Hulu.
  • The series is based on the 2000 movie as well as the Nick Hornby book of the same title, this time though, told from a female perspective.

  • The original movie starring John Cusack, was rated R and featured more adult themes.
  • This series was initially pitched as lighter, PG-13 content, but Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva says, “As the development progressed, and especially after Kravitz came on board…the project evolved creatively to become more mature than what Disney+ would feel comfortable programming.”
  • Following the Fox merger, Disney now owns a 60% stake in Hulu, so moving this show to the streamer isn’t a loss.
  • The series was announced back in April of 2018 along with several other shows.
  • In September, Kravitz was cast as the lead and also named an executive producer.

What they’re saying:

  • Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, Disney+: “Developing High Fidelity with Zoe, Veronica, Sarah and the team at Midnight Radio has been incredibly exciting and we want to ensure they are able to make the show they are envisioning as Disney+ is dedicated to supporting our creative partners. To that end, as the series’ creative evolved, our Disney+ team, collectively with ABC Signature, recognized that the show would be better suited for another platform. Given Disney’s equity stake in Hulu, we’re happy High Fidelity will continue as part of our extended family.”
  • Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s VP, Content Development: “Hulu is home to stories that tap into pop culture and redefine genres, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring a seminal work like High Fidelity into the fold as a Hulu Original. We are over the moon to work with Zoe, Veronica and Sarah to bring viewers this fresh take on an enduring story that has resonated with millions of people over the past two decades.”
  • Midnight Radio: “The entire High Fidelity team is absolutely ecstatic about our move to Hulu and incredibly grateful to ABC Signature and Disney+ for being so supportive of the transition. Once Zoe came onboard and the show began to evolve, it quickly became clear we may be best suited for a different home. Everyone involved locked arms to help make this shift to Hulu, which is the perfect platform to reinvent this beloved timeless property.”
  • Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva on the move: “I hear the move of High Fidelity is considered a one-off and not a precursor to some active cross-pollination and closer integration between the two platforms.”

About the High Fidelity series:

  • “Kravitz stars as the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.”

Creative team:

  • The series was developed for television by:
    • Veronica West
    • Sarah Kucserka
  • Both ladies will also executive produce alongside Midnight Radio’s Scott Rosenberg.
  • Rosenberg co-wrote the original feature with:
    • Josh Appelbaum
    • André Nemec
    • Jeff Pinkner
    • Nick Hornby
  • Director and EP of the series pilot:
    • Jesse Peretz
  • Midnight Radio’s Adrienne Erickson will serve as producer.

ICYMI:

  • Disney+ announced today, the title and cast for their Monsters Inc. series. In 2020 fans will enjoy a whole slew of new adventures with Mike and Sulley when Monsters at Work premieres on the streamer. 
  • In the world of television, the now Disney-owned FXX network and ABC’s Freeform will begin airing reruns of Family Guy. Bob’s Burgers will also head to FXX later this year.
 
 

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