Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is making a documentary on former President Bill Clinton for HBO.
HBO announced Monday that Scorsese is producing and directing the film, with Clinton’s cooperation. The network did not announce an anticipated air date for the show on the nation’s 42nd president, who was in office from 1993 to 2001.
Earlier this year HBO aired a documentary on Clinton’s immediate predecessor, George H.W. Bush.
Scorsese has earlier made the documentaries Public Speaking and George Harrison: Living in the Material World for HBO.
Hulu revenue jumps 65 percent
Online video service Hulu says revenue this year will grow about 65 percent to $695 million.
Hulu says it has more than doubled the number of subscribers who pay $8 a month for Hulu Plus. The figure now exceeds 3 million. Hulu Plus gives users a broader selection of back episodes and access over mobile devices, game consoles and Internet-connected TVs. Both free and paid versions of Hulu come with ads.
In a blog post, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said Monday that the service has spent $500 million on content this year, boosting the number of titles it offers by 40 percent. Hulu also debuted its first scripted original series, Battleground, this year.
Hulu is owned by the parent companies of broadcasters ABC, NBC and Fox.
New network to target millennials
Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking.
The as-yet-unnamed network is set to start next summer with an initial reach of 40 million subscribers, the company announced Monday.
Targeting so-called millennials, Participant is developing a program slate with such producers as Brian Graden, Morgan Spurlock and Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company.
Tentative deal for Broadway workers
A union representing hundreds of Broadway theater cleaners, porters, elevator operators and bathroom attendants reached a tentative agreement with theater producers to avert a strike, both sides said Monday.
The potential deal must still be ratified by the 250 theater workers represented by the 32BJ union, a process expected to be completed by next week. Details of the deal were not immediately revealed.
Members of the union last week authorized a strike if an acceptable new deal wasn’t reached by the end of the year. The current contact ends Dec. 30.
Workers are seeking pay increases and better health care benefits.