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Huggers linked to Hulu top job

The head of Intel Media’s proposed over-the-top TV service has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring for the permanent CEO post at US VoD platform Hulu.

Erik Huggers, VP of Intel’s planned OnCue Internet TV service, has been linked to the vacant CEO spot at Hulu, according to the New York Post.

Hulu has been looking for a permanent CEO since March, when Jason Kilar left the company, with Andy Forssell holding the post in an acting capacity.

Other execs said to be in the running include departing NBCUniversal veteran Lauren Zalaznick, Fox Networks Group president Mike Hopkins and long-serving Disney-ABC digital chief Albert Cheng.

Huggers’ association with the Hulu CEO slot comes amid reports that Intel’s OnCue TV project is in jeopardy. The service is due to arrive before the end of the year but is yet to sign any major content contracts.

The New York Post also noted that Hulu could be learning towards an internal candidate, however. The site’s joint owners – 21st Century Fox, NBCU and Disney – abandoned a sale of the business this summer.

Hulu was unavailable for comment at the time of writing, as was Huggers, who joined Intel in 2011 as corporate VP and general manager of the company’s Digital Home Group, He was previously in charge of the BBC’s Future Media and Technology division, responsible for the BBC iPlayer.

The speculation comes as Hulu senior VP of advertising Jean-Paul Colaco becomes the latest high-ranking exec to leave the company, following others such as international chief Johannes Larcher out the door.

In related news, Hulu Plus, the company’s subscription service, today became available via Chromecast, Google’s new streaming media dongle.

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