Friday, November 18, 2005

Parker and Stone sign with Paramount

'South Park' Guys Parked at Paramount
Friday , November 18, 2005
09:11 AM PT
LOS ANGELES ( Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the mad scientists behind "South Park," have reportedly signed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.
According to the industry trades, the duo will become CEOs of a new shingle. The name of the confusingly titled entity? Trunity, a Mediar company, a division of True Mediar, a Unity Corpbopoly. Yes, that's funnier than anything that's happened on "South Park" this season.
"Trunity: Entertainment solutions for the modern world," appears to be the pair's only comment.
Parker and Stone have long been housed under the Viacom umbrella. In addition to their many years of pumping out new episodes of "South Park" for Comedy Central (their current contract runs through 2008), they've also released the features "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" and "Team America: World Police" through the studio. The "South Park" feature brought in a strong $80 million domestic gross, but "Team America" was something of a disappointing, doing only $30 million.
The new deal calls for the pair to write, direct and produce features. They've brought in regular collaborators Anne Garefino and Jennifer Howell as president and senior vice president at Trunity.


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