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We are thrilled to reveal that season two of the Emmy®-nominated Hulu Original Behind the Mask will feature one of the team’s most valuable players, the San Francisco Giants mascot, “Lou Seal” – among three more mascots who will uncover what it’s really like to balance real life between the pressures of game day.

Set to debut in February 2015, the hit docu-series will tell the story of four real-life mascots: the veteran Major League Baseball mascot, “Lou Seal”; a freelance mascot performer with autism whose many gigs range from “The Easter Bunny” to “Bucky the Blood Drop”; the show’s first female performer, Gilbert Arizona High School mascot “The Tiger”; and minor league hockey mascot “Tux” of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who returns from season one to continue his lifelong dream of going professional.

In its first season, Behind the Mask won over audiences and critics alike through the captivating stories its real-life cast of characters had to share, each with their own personal stories of juggling their everyday lives with their larger-than-life mascot personas. The Los Angeles Times called the series a “a triumph of storytelling,” while Forbes magazine described it as “an example of online content that doesn’t just match the quality of regular television and cable programing, it surpasses it.” NPR simply dubbed it “amazingly gripping television.”

 

About the Season 2 Mascots:

 

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Joel, dubbed the Cal Ripken of mascots, has never missed a single game in his 15 years as the ever-popular “Lou Seal,” and dreams of his team winning another World Series. He is married, with one 2-year-old daughter and a second one on the way. This season, Joel will need to find a balance between his two most important commitments: keeping his attendance streak as “Lou Seal,” and being the best father he can be to his children.

 

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Chris is a 25 year-old freelance mascot who struggles with his autism and severe anxiety. His passion for the job is in no small part due to the fact that Chris finds inner strength and confidence when inside a mascot suit, a mask that minimizes eye contact and removes the expectation that he has to speak. Chris’ mother and father are instrumental in his life and Behind the Mask will take viewers on Chris’ emotional journey as he relishes in the small victories and progresses towards real growth and independence, one suit at a time.

 

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The first female mascot to appear on the show, Navey is the embodiment of her “Tiger” character – fierce, confident and the king of her jungle: Gilbert High School. This season, she is competing to become the National High School Mascot of the Year and has her sights set on becoming a pro-mascot when she grows up. Navey is a tomboy with a sparkling personality, a zest for life and an absolute love of all things Gilbert High Athletics. While incredibly athletic herself, she chose to become a mascot so she could be on every field and every court and be a meaningful part of all teams at her high school.

 

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Returning from Season 1, Chad is giving it one last shot to make it to the pros. In his efforts to become a professional mascot, he’s sacrificed a great deal, including moving away from Canada and his teenage son Cody, whom he rarely gets to see. Chad wonders if he’s been selfish by chasing his dreams and constantly struggles with the inner turmoil revolving around his family and his pursuit of his own goals.

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This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time.  We are thrilled to be working with them and with Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu.

 

 

Also coming soon…

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HULU ORIGINALS PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE. PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR SALES REP FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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The ANA is hosting the 2014 Masters of Marketing Conference in Orlando, FL on October 16-18, 2014.

Hulu will have booth presence featuring a super cool touch/try demo station of Hulu Plus, a showcase of great content and research nuggets, as well as an interactive station where guests can personalize power packs (mobile charging sticks).

Be sure to pick up a copy of Hulu’s latest Original Content announcement: Stephen King’s Best-Seller 11/22/63, which represents a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time.originals_combined_email_720x100_v1

We will also be handing out free trials of Hulu Plus and hosting an unofficial Hulu Happy Hour at our booth on October 16th from 4-5pm. Please swing by as Hulu reps will be available to answer questions and highlight Hulu’s innovative advertising solutions.

Please reach out to your Hulu contact and/or swing by our booth if you plan on attending.

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Hulu’s animated original comedy, The Awesomes, launched its second season on August 4th with
presenting sponsor, Microsoft. Microsoft products are featured prominently throughout the
season as Concierge’s phone and tablet of choice. This season, Prock (Seth Meyers) and the gang
welcome a new super hero to the mix, the always-on-top-of-it Concierge. The fun has just begun!

 

Check out the Season 2 premiere below:

Reach out to your Sales rep to learn how to integrate your brand into a Hulu Original.

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At Hulu, we always strive to make watching TV an even more delightful and convenient experience for our users. We are super excited to introduce a focused and simple way to watch Hulu shows, clips, movies and more on the go with the re-imagined Hulu app for iPhone.

 

When we re imagined the app, it was also important for us to make sure that certain key features, no matter where you are in the app, are just a tap away. We’ve also redesigned search with contextually grouped results by category so you get to what you are looking for quickly. You can access all your saved videos in queue right from the action tray and, whenever you add new content to it, another ‘heartbeat’ will be added to your queue. And, if you want to cast your favorite shows from your iPhone to your TV using your Chromecast, PS3, PS4 or Xbox One, you can easily find the cast feature right on the Action Tray. Making it possible to toss your traditional remote for a more interactive experience on your phone that let’s you control your playback experience directly from your Hulu Plus app.

It is no surprise that video is at the very core of what we do at Hulu and we know how important it is to have crisp visuals and a seamless playback experience. That’s why we gave our Hulu player a complete facelift as part of this redesign. The player now has cleaner controls including the beloved 10 second rewind and the ability to scrub easily. To make things simple and clean, we’ve nested other rich functionality on the player such as captions, share and cast to TV within this extended menu in the player.

The updated Hulu app on iPhone is now available to download from the iTunes store, so give it a spin. And we are just getting started; stay tuned for even more updates and more contextual features to come…all for the love of TV!

 

That’s not all, folks. We are also pleased to announce an update to our Hulu app for Android that gives users a taste of our comprehensive library with a selection of free content on Android phones and tablets. In addition to the latest and past episodes of popular current TV shows, users will be able to enjoy a selection of content from Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies and Latino. The content available on the updated app will mirror the ad-supported Hulu.com with a few exceptions.

And so, finding out who got down on one knee on The Bachelorette or who is killing it on America’s got talent would literally be a tap away.

To access our full content library of current and back seasons of popular TV shows and movies and stream it across all connected devices from the living room to the desktop, users will be able to upgrade to Hulu Plus directly from the updated app.

So if you are like me and want to host a weekend party with your friends and watch 11 seasons of Top Chef or catch the full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine exclusively, you can simply upgrade to Hulu Plus from within the app in just one click and unlock the entire Hulu awesomeness.

The updated version of the Hulu app is now available for Android users on the Google Play store, check it out and we hope you enjoy it.

 

             

 

 

Reach out to your Sales rep to learn more!