Less than three months after signing off from “The Daily Show," Jon Stewart has signed an exclusive four-year production deal with HBO, the network announced Tuesday.
The partnership will find Stewart developing “timely short-form digital content” for HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top subscription video service. The content will be refreshed multiple times throughout the day and will “view current events through his unique prism.”
It will be produced with the assistance of cloud graphics company OTOY.
Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, announced he will be leaving his popular late-night show. In this photo gallery, we look back at Stewart’s career.(MTV; Comedy Central; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
If you made the rounds of the New York comedy clubs in the 1980s, you might have caught Jon Stewart doing stand-up. After working as a busboy, and before becoming a television sensation, Stewart performed at the Bitter End and the Comedy Cellar.()
Jon Stewart kicked off his TV career by hosting shows on MTV and Comedy Central. Those shows led to “The Daily Show” in 1998, Stewart’s best-known enterprise to date. Stewart writes, produces and anchors the irreverent news show on Comedy Central.()
At one point Jon Stewart made a special appearance on the talk show supermodel Cindy Crawford helped host, MTV’s “House of Style.” They had a “girl day,” as it was called. The two are photographed at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.(Tabacca / AP)
Jon Stewart sure knows how to get noticed; in 1998, he named his first book “Naked Pictures of Famous People.” Next, in 2004, came “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.”(Amy Rachlin)
With Angelina Jolie, Dennis Quaid and Gillian Anderson, pictured, Jon Stewart played Trent, one of 11 Angelenos hoping to find love in the 1998 film “Playing by Heart.”(Peter Sorel/ SMPSP / Miramax Films)
As host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart interviewed all kinds of people, solidifying his role as one of the most-loved satirical talk show hosts. He’s pictured here interviewing former Sen. Bob Dole in 1999.(Al Levine / Associated Press )
Led by Jon Stewart and fellow satirical talk show host Stephen Colbert (in character as a political pundit), the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear took place in October 2010 in Washington D.C., with an aim to understand politics at the larger level.(Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)
President Obama visited Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” three times as president. As Stewart bids adieu to his program, he booked some of the biggest guests, including the president.(Evan Vucci / AP)
After a 16-year run as host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart bid farewell and was surrounded by what seemed like every correspondent and contributor to ever be on the show. Stephen Colbert was the final guest, praising Stewart for the careers he launched and the legacy he left behind.(Brad Barket / Getty Images for Comedy Central)
The content will also be available on HBO GO, the network’s streaming portal, and other platforms. The deal also includes a first-look option for television series and other potential projects, according to HBO.
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the ‘Daily Show,’” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo in a news release. “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.”
With his move to HBO, Stewart is following the footsteps of former “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver, who scored his own show, “Last Week Tonight,” at the network following a well-received run as Stewart’s fill-in.
The Stewart collaboration is the latest in a string of programming coups for the premium-cable giant, including partnerships with the producers of “Sesame Street” and former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons.
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