Parker, Stone sign 3-year prod'n pact with studio
“South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone have inked a three-year first-look production pact with Paramount Pictures.
Deal, which has been finalized, keeps them at the same studio that released their bigscreen efforts “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” Under the deal, Parker and Stone will serve as CEOs of a newly formed Par-based shingle called Trunity, a Mediar company, a division of True Mediar, a Unity Corpbopoly.
Duo, who will write, direct and produce pics for the studio, have tapped execs Anne Garefino and Jennifer Howell — both of whom have worked on “South Park” since its inception — to join the shingle. Garefino, prexy of Trunity, will continue as exec producer of the Comedy Central series while taking producer credit on Parker and Stone projects. Howell has been named senior veep and will relocate to the Par lot.
Trunity has also appointed Kurt Nickels as creative exec.
“Trey and Matt are some of the most original voices in entertainment. They are funny and brilliant, and we are extremely happy they want to continue to make movies with us at Paramount,” prexy Gail Berman said in a statement.
Parker and Stone had only this to say: “Trunity: Entertainment solutions for a Modern World.”
Parker and Stone’s most recently collaboration with Par was 2004’s “Team America,” which grossed just north of $30 million at the domestic box office. Their “South Park” feature fared much better, raking in more than $80 million.
New pact does not affect their “South Park” duties. Pair recently reupped their Comedy Central contracts, which call for them to produce the series through the end of 2008.