The New York Times reports on a new ad-revenue-sharing deal for the creators of Comedy Central's most lucrative franchise, "South Park." Matt Stone and Trey Parker just signed a new three-year contract that gives them both raises, as well as a guaranteed slice of DVD sale revenue, but more importantly creates SouthParkStudios.com. The joint venture, which will distribute South Park content online, to mobile and for video games, most strikingly gives Mr. Stone and Mr. Parker half of all the ad revenue the new entity generates.
CBS goes on the defensive over 'Kid'
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) will probe whether producers of "Kid Nation" violated their union contract with harsh treatment of amateur kid performers on the CBS reality show, set to premiere Sept. 19. Shot on location at a ghost town in New Mexico, the show assembled a group of 40 kids ages 8-15 who had to fend for themselves by cooking, cleaning and even forming their own local "government." Questions have been raised about medical care and other conditions during the six-week shoot, which wrapped May 10. CBS has defended its producers on the show and denied any allegations of mistreatment. But New Mexico authorities said earlier this month that they were looking into the situation, and AFTRA promised to investigate abuse reports.