Up to six companies are reportedly vying for the domestic streaming rights to Comedy Central’s long-running, irreverent animated series “South Park” in a deal that could go as high as $450-500 million reports Bloomberg.
Until now, the series has been available on Disney’s Hulu platform, but Viacom and the show’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone hope to secure a new deal by the end of the year. A winner could potentially be announced as early as this weekend in a deal expected to be more than double what Hulu paid in 2015.
Created in the late 1990s, the animated comedy is currently in its 23rd season – making it the longest-running show on Viacom’s Comedy Central and still one of the most-watched TV programs among young men. It has already been renewed for another three seasons.
Peacock, HBO Max, Hulu and CBS are all said to be pursuing the property, though don’t expect Netflix or Apple to be in the mix.