Disney+ hasn’t even launched yet but it’s already lost one of its exclusive shows, the reboot of High Fidelity, which will be moving to Disney’s other streaming platform, Hulu.
The reason for this is because as the series has been going through production, the series was becoming more mature, which meant it no longer fitted the family friendly tone of Disney+.
The original movie was released in the year 2000 and was originally an R rated movie, but the series was being aimed at a TV-13 audience. So in order to protect the vision of the creators and to allow them to tell the story the way they envisioned it, Disney+ has opted to let the series go to Hulu.
Disney+’s Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, said in a joint statement. :
“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.”
Since Disney purchased 21st Century Fox last month, they now own a 60% stake in Hulu and is set to become the more “adult” focused streaming platform. More details on Disney’s Direct To Consumer platforms including Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ will be revealed at this weeks Investor Day, so we could see some more shows changing home.
Only this past week it was announced that Fox’s animated show, Family Guy would be starting to air on Disney’s Freeform channel later this month.
Beatrice Springborn, Hulu’s VP, Content Development also spoke on the move:
“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.”
With producer Midnight Radio’s Adrienne Erickson also saying:
“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.”
This move is expected to be a one-off, since the project obviously changed throughout its development. Though it does show how Disney are looking at each project individually and finding its perfect fit.
What do you think of High Fidelity moving from Disney+ to Hulu?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.