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South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone signed a massive deal Thursday to make 14 movies of their enduring satirical cartoon for streaming service Paramount+, as Hollywood's frenzied scramble for online content accelerates.
While MTV Entertainment Studios - which like Paramount+ is owned by parent corporation ViacomCBS - did not release any financial figures, Bloomberg News put the deal at $900 million (roughly Rs. 6,675 crores), which would make it one of the largest in television history.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone sign new deal to extend South Park through season 30 and make 14 original made-for-streaming movies exclusively for Paramount+, starting with two films in 2021. Read the full press announcement: https://t.co/vhlzu0E96F pic.twitter.com/uvPhRbVp7E— South Park (@SouthPark) August 5, 2021
In a statement, MTV Entertainment's Chris McCarthy said developing new content with "tremendous talent like Matt and Trey, is at the heart of our strategy to continue growing Paramount+."
South Park, set in small-town America and known for crude language and lampooning hot-button social issues since 1997, has already spawned one film, multiple video games, and other merchandise.
"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," said Parker and Stone in the joint statement.
"We can't wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats," they added.
While ViacomCBS did not immediately comment on the $900 million (roughly Rs. 6,675 crores) figure, it would put the deal on a par with Reese Witherspoon's sale of her Hello Sunshine company to a new private equity-backed media venture this week.
Other streaming platforms recently launched by major media and tech companies to join the so-called "streaming wars" include HBO Max, Peacock, and Apple TV+, each seeking vast content libraries to attract and retain subscribers.
ViacomCBS said Wednesday that it had reached 42 million streaming subscribers. Current market leader Netflix has more than 200 million.