Warner Bros. Discovery filed a lawsuit against Paramount, claiming the rival media company does not respect the “authority,” as Eric Carmen, the dirty cartoon kid on “South Park,” would say, of an exclusivity contract.
As reported by CNN, in its lawsuit filed Friday, Warner alleged that Paramount breached its half-billion-dollar contract with its subsidiary HBO Max by airing adult cartoons on its own streaming platform, Paramount+, which owns Comedy Central, which originally aired the popular show dating back to the 1990s.
In 2019, Paramount and “South Park’s” creators jointly auctioned the streaming rights to the show’s first 23 seasons plus three new 10-episode seasons to HBO Max, according to CNN.
In March 2021, Paramount launched Paramount+ and “planned to divert as much of the new ‘South Park’ content as possible to Paramount+ to strengthen the nascent streaming platform,” according to the complaint obtained by CNN.
“We believe that Paramount and South Park Digital Studios engaged in a multi-year scheme of unfair dealing and fraud, and blatantly and repeatedly breached our contract, clearly giving HBO Max exclusive streaming rights to the existing library and new content from the popular animated film .comedy South Park,” HBO Max said in a statement.
Paramount says these claims are “without merit.”