San Antonio in running for Hulu support office location

Judge Nelson Wolff: Up to 500 jobs likely if San Antonio chosen

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio is one of two cities in the running to be the newest home of the support offices of the video-streaming service Hulu.

A delegation from San Antonio made the trip to Los Angeles this week to try to bring the streaming service here.

While no decision has been made, those who made the presentation are feeling pretty good about San Antonio's chances.

Judge Nelson Wolff was part of the delegation that made the presentation to Hulu.

"We presented our whole case to them," Wolff said. "It was good vibes, I'd guess you would say, but the fact of the matter is, they haven't made a final decision yet."

Right now, San Antonio and a city in New Mexico are in the running for Hulu's viewer experience headquarters, which would also handle tech support.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation president and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera said San Antonio would be a good fit.

"They have committed to working with us and making sure that the broader investment makes sense for both entities," she said. "Hulu's culture is futuristic and innovative, and they are all about the aspirational future of the TV industry."

Wolff said the operating center would also bring in higher-paying jobs.

"They are almost approaching $13 million in subscribers now," he said. "It's a growing company. It'd be up to 500 jobs in a two- to three-year period, so it's a lot of jobs for San Antonio."

It would also be an asset to the city's already growing tech scene.

"It's a marquee name in tech and entertainment," David Heard, with Techbloc, said. "It would be a huge boost to our momentum to build out our tech ecosystem, and obviously, it's a type of company we need more of in San Antonio."

Wolff said Bexar County is offering Hulu  a 10-year 90 percent tax abatement. The value of it comes out to about $803,000. He also said they expect get a response in the next two weeks.

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