October 29, 2019
HBO Max, the upcoming streaming platform from WarnerMedia set to launch in May 2020, has secured exclusive streaming rights in the U.S. to Comedy Central’s “South Park.”
The multiyear licensing deal was completed with South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. All 23 seasons of Parker and Stone’s award-winning animated satire will become available exclusively on the streamer in June 2020 followed by three new seasons, which will debut on HBO Max 24 hours after each episode premieres on Comedy Central.
“‘South Park’ is unequivocally among the best — setting the satirical gold standard, with a consistent finger on the comedy pulse,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, and president of TBS, TNT, and TruTV. “Audiences have connected with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny — either alive or dead — for over 20 years, and we look forward to connecting these characters to new audiences on HBO Max.”
For the past six years, “South Park” has been the No. 1 primetime cable comedy among young adults, garnering 44 million viewers on cable last year alone. Since premiering in 1997, “South Park” has earned 19 Emmy Award nominations, five Emmy wins and a Peabody Award.
A Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter recently reported that Viacom and the “South Park” creators were poised to reap between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the irreverent animated series.