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Hulu Takes Three European Series From StudioCanal

The streaming video service picks up U.S. SVOD rights to Scandinavian crime dramas ‘Below the Surface’ and ‘Midnight Sun,’ as well as U.K. drama ‘Trust Me’ in its first-ever licensing deal with the studio.

Hulu has inked its first-ever TV deal with European production group StudioCanal, taking exclusive U.S. streaming rights to three of its European TV series.

Under the agreement, unveiled Monday, Hulu will stream the Scandinavian crime thriller Below the Surface, French/Swedish drama Midnight Sun and U.K. series Trust Me on its U.S. service.

Below The Surface, produced by StudioCanal’s SAM Productions, is an eight-part drama centered on a hostage situation aboard a subway train beneath the Danish capital Copenhagen. The original idea for the series came from Borgen creator Adam Price and Soren Sveistrup (The Killing) and was written and created by Kasper Barfoed (Those Who Kill).

Midnight Sun, produced by Atlantique Productions and Nice Drama for France’s Canal+, Sweden’s SVT and Filmpool Nord, is a high-concept thriller, in which a glamorous Parisian cop is sent to an isolated mining community in northern Sweden as part of a murder investigation. Forced to team up with the gruff local investigators, they find the killings conceal a deeper conspiracy.

Trust Me, from StudioCanal’s RED Production Company for BBC One, stars Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) as a hard-working nurse forced to take drastic measures when she loses her job. The Scotland-set drama was written by Dan Sefton (Mr. Selfridge).

Hulu is riding high on the success of The Handmaid’s Tale, which garnered 10 Emmy wins for the streamer, including for best drama, and has helped lead to a spike in subscriptions.

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