Hulu acquires The Book of Negroes

The SVOD picked up the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the CSA-winning six-part miniseries.

Hulu has picked up the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to CBC’s six-part miniseries The Book of Negroes.

The deal was negotiated by Entertainment One’s head of U.S. and Latin American sales, Joey Sabella.

The miniseries premiered on CBC in January 2015, garnering an overnight audience of 1.681 million viewers (2+). The ratings haul made it the  highest-rated CBC program since the Little Mosque on the Prairie premiere on Jan. 9, 2007.

The Canada/South Africa treaty coproduction, which is based Canadian writer Lawrence Hill’s novel of the same name, went into production in February 2014 in South Africa. Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Allan Hawco, the series also shot in Nova Scotia. The six-parter also aired on BET channel in the U.S. and was co-written by Hill and Clement Virgo, who also directed the series.

The Book of Negroes is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Entertainment One Television and Out Of Africa Entertainment. eOne also handles the worldwide rights to the miniseries in all media.

Most recently, the series took home ten Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Performance prizes for both Ellis and Bent, as well as the best limited series prize.