The South Park creators Trey parker and Matt Stone have signed a huge, $900 million deal with ViacomCBS Inc.
The deal serves as one of the richest deals in television history. Parker and Stone will use the $900 million over the next six years to make new episodes for Viacom’s Comedy Central network. They will also create a whole slew of spinoff movies for the Paramount+ streaming service. The first project is a movie set in the South park world. It will debut before the end of the year.
ViacomCBS is hoping this deal will accelerate its growth, as the famous series is still one of the most popular shows on Comedy Central. This deal runs through to 2027 and covers six more seasons of South Park. It also includes 14 made-for-streaming movies.
A couple things to know about this deal:
> They are making 6 more seasons of South Park.
> They are making 14 South Park movies for Paramount+
It also extends beyond the end of Viacom’s licensing deal with HBO Max. The goal is to bring all of South Park to P+ (in time).
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“We did a South Park movie in 1999, and we’ve never done another one because the show has been so satisfying,” Stone explains, according to Bloomberg.
“Now we’re older, and the idea of what streaming movies can be is pretty promising.”
MTV Entertainment Group president and chief executive officer Chris McCarthy approached Parker and Stone about extending their Comedy Central deal. Parker and Stone first created the series based on a short film they made in college. Debuting in 1997, the show was an instant hit and put Comedy Central on the map. By season three, the pair no longer got notes from the network on how to change or improve it.
“We do whatever we want, and they are pretty supportive of it,” Stone says. “We’re the luckiest guys in TV in that way.”
South Park is one of the longest-running series in television history, as its been on air for 24 years. Now, the forthcoming Paramount+ movies will expand on the show’s existing world and introduce new characters.
Lead photo via SouthParkStudios.