Paramount Pictures has entered into a three-year first look deal with SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, setting them up as ceos of their new company Trunity. Trunity, a Mediar company, a division of True Mediar, a Unity Corpbopoly, will be based on the Paramount lot.
Parker and Stone will develop projects for Paramount that they will direct, write and produce, as well as develop and produce projects with other artists as well. Executives Anne Garefino and Jennifer Howell, who have worked on SOUTH PARK since its inception, will join Parker and Stone at Paramount. Garefino will continue to serve as the exec producer on SOUTH PARK. She is president of Trunity and will serve as a producer on Parker and Stones projects. Howell has been appointed svp of Trunity and will relocate to the Paramount. Kurt Nickels has been appointed 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, said Paramount president Gail Berman.
Parker and Stone said, Trunity: Entertainment solutions for a Modern World.
Parker and Stones most recent film, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, the action/adventure feature with an all-marionette cast, was released by Paramount in 2004. Parker and Stone also created the critically acclaimed 1999 feature, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT, for Paramount, which grossed more than $80 million worldwide.
The feature deal will not impact Parker and Stones SOUTH PARK television commitment, which they are signed to produce for Comedy Central through the end of 2008. Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct, edit and give their voices to most of the main characters on every episode. The show, airing since 1997, continues to be Comedy Centrals highest-rated show, delivering an average of 2.6 million viewers each week. Seasons 1 through 6 have sold a total of more than 3.5 million units on DVD.
Parker and Stone are represented by attorney Kevin Morris of the law firm Barnes, Morris, Klein, Mark, Yorn, Barnes & Levine and by the William Morris Agency.
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