NEW YORK, March 31, 2003 — COMEDY CENTRAL and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have renewed their vows in a deal that will keep the dynamic duo at the cable channel through the end of 2005 with an option for additional year, it was announced today by Larry Divney, president and CEO, COMEDY CENTRAL. Anne Garefino, executive producer of the series, has also renewed her deal with the network and will remain onboard with the series.
This deal has Stone and Parker completing their existing agreement with the network which will run through 2003, and an additional two years for 15 episodes of “South Park” each year. The deal also includes an option for one additional year, and another 15 episodes, that will take the arrangement through 2006.
“‘South Park’, which remains our top rated show six years after its launch, is a huge part of COMEDY CENTRAL’s current and future success,” says Divney “I really love working with Matt and Trey. They are brilliantly creative producers and I’m just thrilled to have them commit to continuing our relationship well into the future. It’s great for our viewers, our affiliates and our advertisers.”
The deal with COMEDY CENTRAL for Parker and Stone was negotiated by their attorney Kevin Morris of Barnes, Morris, Klein & Yorn and Mike Simpson and Gaby Morgerman of the William Morris Agency. Anne Garefino’s deal was also negotiated by Morris and she is represented by Chris Silbermann of Broder, Webb, Chervin, Silbermann agency.
Launched in 1997, the Emmy-nominated “South Park” remains the highest-rated series on COMEDY CENTRAL. Now in its seventh season, the series will reach its 100th episode on April 9, 2003.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 82 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by Comedy Partners, a 50-50 joint venture of Time Warner Entertainment Company and Viacom. COMEDY CENTRAL is a registered trademark of Comedy Partners. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com.