May 26, 2022

Creators of ‘South Park’ Series Sign Major Contract with Paramount +

Hollywood’s greed for new content continues to grow. The creators of the satirical series South Park signed, Thursday, August 5, a juicy contract to make fourteen films broadcast on the streaming platform Paramount +. The contract also includes the creation of new seasons of the animated series South Park for Comedy Central until 2027.

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If MTV Entertainment Studios, owned as Paramount + by the ViacomCBS group, did not disclose the contract amount, Bloomberg News valued it at $ 900 million (761 million euros), which would make it one of the biggest contracts in the history of television.

Create new content “With fabulous talents like Matt [Stone] et Trey [Parker] is at the heart of our strategy for the development of Paramount + ”Chris McCarthy, president of MTV Entertainment Group, said in a statement.

Series South Park, which features the adventures of four elementary school children in a small town in Colorado, has been known for its crude language and humorous treatment of current affairs since its launch in 1997. It has already spawned a film and several video games.

A booming market

“Comedy Central has been our home for twenty-five years and we are really happy that they have decided to work with us for the next seventy-five years.”, commented the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

The Paramount + streaming platform, launched in March, must stand out in this expanding market, dominated by behemoths, like Netflix, Disney + and Amazon Prime, in constant search of new content.

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The announcement comes after the takeover of actress Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine by a large private equity fund and Amazon’s May acquisition of MGM Studios for $ 8.45 billion.

Paramount + said Wednesday it has 42 million subscribers, when the market leader Netflix has more than 200 million.

The World with AFP