Jon Stewart’s TV future has just come into focus, three months after he wrapped his long run on “The Daily Show.” The Los Angeles Times reports that the former Comedy Central mainstay will be working with HBO after signing an exclusive four-year production deal with the pay cabler.
“The partnership will find Stewart developing ‘timely short-form digital content’ for HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top subscription video service,” the paper reports. “The content will be refreshed multiple times throughout the day and will ‘view current events through his unique prism.'”
Production of the content will be handled in partnership with the cloud graphics company OTOY, the report notes.
“The content will also be available on HBO GO, the network’s streaming portal, and other platforms,” the Times reports. “The deal also includes a first-look option for television series and other potential projects, according to HBO.”
In an announcement, HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said: “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 quipped: “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.”