In another sign of the deepening ties between Disney+ and Hulu, the first episode of Disney+'s new high-profile original series Percy Jackson and the olympians will be released on Hulu, simultaneously with the debut of two episodes of the series on Disney+ on December 20th. Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan at the series premiere in New York on Wednesday night.

The first episode will be available on Hulu until January 31, while new episodes of Percy Jackson will be released weekly on Disney+.

Disney used a similar strategy recently with the Disney+ Star Wars series Andor, whose two-episode premiere was also available on Hulu and with the Disney+ original series Goosebumps, the entire first season of which was shared across both streamers.

The changes come as Disney has just launched a beta version of the “one app experience” combining Hulu – now wholly owned – and Disney+ for bundle subscribers. The merged app will officially launch in March.

In the series, whose trailer has garnered 90 million views and nearly 2 million engagements, Percy Jackson must travel across America, outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, to return Zeus's master bolt and prevent an all-out war. With the help of his mission companions Annabeth and Grover, Percy's journey will take him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place and discover who he is destined to be.

The show stars Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood.

Created by Rick Riordan and Jonathan E. Steinberg, Percy Jackson and the olympians is executive produced by Steinberg and Dan Shotz alongside Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Bert Salke, Jeremy Bell and Gotham Group's DJ Goldberg, James Bobin, Jim Rowe, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anders Engström , Jet Wilkinson.

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