Hulu Flies 'Black Sails' Flag

Streaming service Hulu has acquired Lionsgate’s Black Sails, now in its fourth and final season on premium cable network Starz.

All episodes from the first three seasons are available on the service starting Wednesday, with the fourth season coming later.

Pirate drama Black Sails, shot in South Africa, averaged 3.6 million multiplatform viewers over its run, according to Hulu. The series is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s TreasureIsland and follows the adventures of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his crew. In the final season, the pirates are at war in the West Indies.

The series also stars Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Ray Stevenson and Luke Roberts. It is created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine. Steinberg and Levine executive produce with Michael Bay. The series also is executive produced by Bay’s Platinum Dunes partners, including Brad Fuller and Andrew Form as well as Chris Symes, Brad Caleb Kane and Dan Shotz.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.