HBO has just signed a new deal with the high-profile broadcaster who The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed calls “the most prominent voice in sports journalism,” Bill Simmons, who remains with the pay-cable channel with a new agreement focused on sports programming.
“He’ll continue to be focused on creating and producing sports-themed content across the portfolio, be it series, films or the kinds of documentary programming with which he had considerable success at his former home, ESPN,” THR reports. “The announcement arrives on the heels of his first foray into the latter at HBO with April’s ‘Andre the Giant,’ which quickly became the most-watched documentary in HBO Sports history with nearly 7 million viewers across the network’s linear and digital platforms.”
Simmons is quoted in the report saying: “I’m thrilled to keep going with the HBO family and can’t wait to get started on a couple of the more ambitious projects we’ve hatched. I witnessed it firsthand with our Andre doc — when you create something unique for HBO, they’ve built so much trust and equity in their audience over the years that it’s always going to be seen.”