Jon Stewart Signs Deal to Do Current Events Programming for HBO
The comedian left "The Daily Show" earlier this year.
By LESLEY MESSER
November 3, 2015, 9:21 PM
• 3 min read
-- Jon Stewart is changing networks -- but he's sticking to familiar current events programming to start.
Three months after leaving Comedy Central, HBO announced that the comedian inked a four-year deal with the network that, to start, will allow him to create short-form digital content for HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms.
"I’m so excited to be working with... the entire HBO family,” Stewart said in a 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.”
Stewart, 50, hosted "The Daily Show" for more than 15 years. For his first project for HBO, Stewart will to continue to focus on current events and produce content that will be updated on HBO NOW throughout the day. Under the terms of the agreement, HBO will also have a first-look option for Stewart's film and TV ventures.
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the ‘Daily Show,’” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “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.”