The deal between “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and MTV Entertainment Studios, valued at $900 million by Bloomberg, will extend the series’ run at least through its 30th season in 2027 and also include 14 new movies for the ViacomCBS streaming platform Paramount+, according to an announcement from Comedy Central.
The “South Park” franchise has previously captured the interest of industry heavyweights. Viacom licensed the streaming rights for the series to Hulu in 2014 in an $87.5 million deal; that agreement would later be renewed for about $110 million, according to Bloomberg. Additionally, WarnerMedia inked a $500 million deal in 2019 to stream “South Park” on its streaming platform, HBO Max, over a five-year period.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, “South Park” didn’t air a traditional full season in 2020. Instead, two specials, “The Pandemic Special” and “South ParQ Vaccination Special” (which garnered nearly 3.5 million viewers) aired last year.
“Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humor to skewer the absurdities of our culture, and we are excited to expand and deepen our long relationship with them to help fuel Paramount+ and Comedy Central,” Chris McCarthy, president-CEO of MTV Entertainment and chief content officer of adult animation for Paramount+, said in a statement.
“Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they’ve made a commitment to us for the next 75 years,” Parker and Stone joked.
"We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional ‘South Park’ episodes, but now we can also try out new formats," Parker and Stone said. "It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us.”
Two of the “South Park” streaming films are expected to be released this year. To date, the “South Park” franchise has spawned one film, “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” which earned over $83.1 million at the global box office and scored Parker and Stone an Oscar nomination for best original song.
“We did a ‘South Park’ movie in 1999, and we’ve never done another one because the show has been so satisfying,” Stone told Bloomberg in an interview published Wednesday. “Now we’re older, and the idea of what streaming movies can be is pretty promising.”
“South Park” debuted in August 1997 on Comedy Central, making it “cable’s longest-running scripted series,” according to Comedy Central. The show has earned five Primetime Emmy Awards during its 24-year run. Stone said he and Parker are fortunate to have been given the creative freedom over the years to make the show they want.
“We do whatever we want, and they (Comedy Central) are pretty supportive of it,” Stone also told Bloomberg. “We’re the luckiest guys in TV in that way.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: South Park extended through 2027, gets 14 streaming movies in new deal