Comedian Jon Stewart has only been away from his desk at The Daily Show for three months, but today HBO announced an exclusive four-year production pact that will find the former late-night host joining the ranks of the popular premium cable network. The deal calls for Stewart to focus on creating digital content for HBO GO, the company’s digital streaming platform, and HBO NOW, HBO’s premium over-the-top service which allows users to view HBO shows without necessitating a cable subscription. It also includes a first-look option for potential film and television projects in the future.
In a press release from company, President of Programming Michael Lombardo praised the new deal, saying, “Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the Daily Show. He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”
Stewart joins the network behind his former correspondent John Oliver, whose Last Week Tonight pulls in a massive millennial audience, with successful social media campaigns and ‘day after’ video views, while fellow politico Bill Maher’s show skews to a slightly older demographic, booking Presidential candidates and cultural newsmakers. Earlier this year, the network signed Sports Guy Bill Simmons to a similarly expansive deal following his ousting at ESPN.
“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family,” Stewart said in a typically quippy statement. “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
The details of Stewart’s latest venture will see the writer/producer working with graphics company OTOY Inc. to develop a technology that will allow him to produce current events-focused short-form media as the news itself unfolds, to be updated throughout the day on HBO NOW.
Stewart is repped by ICM, UTA, and Dixon Talent.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer