HBO Max’s mum or dad firm, Warner Bros. Discovery, is suing Paramount(Opens in a new tab) for allegedly failing to honor a part of their $500 million deal over the streaming rights to South Park, Selection reviews.
The Warner/HBO and Paramount deal was sealed in 2019, when it was decided the favored animated comedy would stream completely on HBO Max. In 2021, nevertheless, MTV (a Paramount subsidiary) made a separate deal(Opens in a new tab) — for $900 million(Opens in a new tab) — with present creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for no less than 5 extra seasons of the present for Comedy Central, and 14 authentic films for Paramount+. 4 of these “films” have already run on Paramount+: South Park: Put up Covid, South Park: Put up Covid: The Return of Covid, South Park The Streaming Wars Half 1 and Half 2.
Now, Warner/HBO filed a swimsuit on Friday that alleges that Paramount undermined their deal in makes an attempt to bolster their very own streaming service. “When Paramount determined to launch a brand new streaming platform of its personal (“Paramount+”), its priorities modified drastically,” the swimsuit alleges, “and [Paramount] launched into a multi-year scheme to unfairly benefit from Warner/HBO by breaching its contract and stealing its content material.”
A Paramount International spokesperson advised Selection:
We imagine these claims are with out benefit and look ahead to demonstrating so by the authorized course of…We additionally observe that Paramount continues to stick to the events’ contract by delivering new South Park episodes to HBO Max, even though Warner Bros. Discovery has failed and refused to pay license charges that it owes to Paramount for episodes which have already been delivered, and which HBO Max continues to stream.
South Park is at present airing on HBO Max for its twenty sixth season, with Warner Bros. Discovery contemplating the present an “anchor” that is “central to branding and advertising.”