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Hulu is said to pick a new chief executive

NEW YORK — The owners of the online streaming service Hulu are preparing to appoint Mike Hopkins, a veteran of Fox Networks, to be the next chief executive.

Hopkins would succeed Andy Forssell, who has been the acting head of Hulu since the service’s founding chief executive, Jason Kilar, left at the beginning of the year.

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Before Forssell stepped into the top job, he drove Hulu’s original programming strategy by commissioning shows like “Battleground” and “The Awesomes.”

Hopkins, on the other hand, is a distribution executive with 15 years of experience negotiating carriage deals for FX and other cable channels owned by 21st Century Fox.

Two of the owners of Hulu, 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Co., declined to comment Friday.

A Hulu spokeswoman also declined to comment. But Hopkins’s hiring was reported by Bloomberg and Reuters and was confirmed by a person with direct knowledge of it who insisted on anonymity because Hulu’s staff had not been notified of the appointment yet.

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