Hulu Gets 'South Park' Extension9 Jul, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lost in the July 8 announcement that creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone reached a new deal with Comedy Central to extend their cable series “South Park” by three seasons through 2019, was that Hulu (and Hulu Plus) will continue as exclusive digital distributors.
Specifically, South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Parker, Stone and Comedy Central parent Viacom, extended its deal with Hulu to cover all additional seasons and new episodes. Hulu is currently the streaming home of the entire “South Park” library of 18 seasons and 254 episodes.
“Nearly two decades later, ‘South Park’ today remains as important and influential as any series on any platform and has become one of the most recognizable brands to ever come out of television,” Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Music & Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “Through South Park Digital Studios we will continue to aggressively expand the reach of the ‘South Park’ brand by pursuing additional extensions and licensing opportunities worldwide.”
The extension comes almost a year after Hulu, which is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast, announced it had become the exclusive streaming service of the animated adult comedy. The deal was the streaming service’s biggest coup until it secured exclusive online rights this year to the entire “Seinfeld” series.
Hulu, which is on a mission to remain relevant in a SVOD market increasingly dominated by Netflix, recently partnered with Showtime Networks whereby Hulu Plus subscribers can add the Showtime over-the-top video service to their account for a reduced fee. Hulu Plus has similar deals with Suddenlink and AT&T U-verse.