By Frank Pallotta, NCS Business
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators behind the long-running animated collection “South Park,” have signed a brand new deal with ViacomCBS that may hold the cursing youngsters of Colorado on Comedy Central via 2027.
The deal extends the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman via a thirtieth season. However, the extra notable information could also be what it means to ViacomCBS’ streaming endeavors.
The firm additionally introduced Thursday that the brand new deal will carry 14 authentic “South Park” movies to ViacomCBS’ newly rebranded streaming service, Paramount+. Two of these movies will debut in 2021.
The firm didn’t disclose the monetary particulars of the deal, however Bloomberg reported that the settlement comes with a massive price tag of $900 million.
“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 stated in an announcement.
“South Park,” which launched in 1997, is considered one of ViacomCBS’ most placing franchises.
The collection, which satirizes tradition through the profane world of its younger important characters, has all the time been a firebrand. Its take-no-prisoners method has earned it a loyal viewers and plenty of awards over its long term.
As Paramount+ rebrands from CBS All Access, the platform’s focus has been on the choices it has beneath its company umbrella. That consists of what it calls a “mountain of entertainment” of greater than 30,000 episodes and flicks from Paramount Pictures, CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and MTV. The service additionally has dwell programming reminiscent of sports activities and information — a rarity within the streaming world.
“South Park” is a vital extension of that technique.
The collection (alongside “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) helped construct Comedy Central right into a cable stalwart over the previous twenty years, so it is sensible that ViacomCBS would now use it to beef up its streaming efforts — a focus that has become vitally important to media companies all over Hollywood.
ViacomCBS introduced in its second quarter earnings report Thursday that it now has 42 million international subscribers between Paramount+ and its Showtime streaming service. The firm additionally stated that streaming income is up 92% from the yr prior quarter.
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