Great news for South Park fans: Comedy Central has agreed to keep the show going for at least five more seasons, after signing the creators to a three-year extension.
However, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have even greater cause for celebration as US streaming giant Hulu has agreed to cough up $192m (around £125m) to extend its exclusive online rights.
The existing deal with both the network and Hulu already had two seasons left to run, but now Hulu has moved to ensure it’ll maintain access to episodes new and old until at least 2019.
This record streaming deal, which beats the $160m Hulu paid for Seinfeld, ensures Amazon and Netflix won’t get their paws on Cartman and Co. for the foreseeable future.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, parent company Viacom will net half of the fee, while the rest will go to Parker and Stone. Part of that cash will go towards underwriting production costs over the next five years.
That’s somewhat of a reversal of the way streaming deals have traditionally worked, with companies bidding for the rights after the fact.
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The new accord, which spans an additional 30 episodes across three new seasons, will take South Park up to its 23rd season and past the 300-episode mark. The 19th season will commence in September.
Overall it’s been a good month for South Park loyalists. At E3, Ubisoft revealed a sequel to the hit Stick of Truth video game, which will be called The Fractured But Whole. Watch the trailer below.