The co-creators of South Park are set to launch a new production studio today that will combine all of their “creative work and future projects into one company,” according to a press release issued Monday.
Important Studios, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new production company, will produce television, theater and feature film projects and is funded largely by revenue from the pair’s most successful franchises, South Park and The Book of Mormon.
One notable investor is The Raine Group, a bank focused entirely on sports, entertainment and digital media. They have reportedly invested about $60 million for approximately 20 percent of the company.
Why, after 16 years, would Parker and Stone want to have their own independent studio?
“Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” said Parker and Stone. “We hope to work with ourselves for a long time and are excited to now work with ourselves in a much greater capacity,” according to the press release.
The longest running animated series on cable, South Park has been on the air for 16 years and since 1997 it has won four Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
The Book of Mormon has won nine Tony Awards, has expanded to productions in three cities and one touring version and is now completing its second year, according to The New York Times.