South Park creators pledge 14 films for Paramount+, as service prepares to launch in UK
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 06/08/2021
The creators of the long-running and often controversial cartoon South Park have penned a new deal to bring 14 more movies to screens.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker have also seen their show renewed through to a 30th season in a deal thought to be worth about $900 million (£650 million).
The pair will make at least two movies a year featuring Kenny, Cartman and the gang for streaming platform Paramount+ – despite the show’s back catalogue featuring on rival service HBO Max.
South Park’s 25th season will launch next year, and has been running since 1997.
The announcement comes as ViacomCBS revealed that Paramount+ would be coming to the UK next year.
Sky, the parent company of Sky News, has teamed up with the American entertainment giant, to bring the service to customers.
As well as the newly announced South Park movies, shows such as the new iCarly and Rugrats reboots, Star Trek: Prodigy and HALO will feature on the service, as well as films from the Mission: Impossible and Transformer franchises, to name a few.
The multi-year deal also means that channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon, all owned by ViacomCBS, will be continue to be carried by Sky.
Stephen van Rooyen, executive vice president and chief executive of the UK & Europe at Sky said: “This is another example of how we are innovating for our customers and further aggregating all the best apps and content together in one place on Sky Q, giving them more great TV to watch than ever before.
“Paramount+ is an excellent service with a huge range of fantastic films and TV series, and our new, broader agreement with ViacomCBS will benefit both businesses.”
It will join Comcast’s Peacock service, which will also launch on Sky soon.
Paramount+ is the latest streaming platform to join the UK market as it attempts to take on the likes of Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and BritBox.
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