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Jon Stewart, HBO ink multi-year production pact

Comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart (pictured) has inked a multi-year production deal with U.S. premium cable network HBO to produce short-form digital content.
November 3, 2015

Comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart (pictured) has inked a multi-year production deal with U.S. premium cable network HBO.

The four-year partnership will see Stewart focusing his talents on short-form digital content to be showcased on SVOD services HBO Now and HBO Go, as well as other platforms.

Under the agreement, which includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures, Stewart will work alongside LA-based cloud graphics company OTOY to “develop innovative technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content.” Completed productions will be refreshed on HBO Now multiple times throughout the day.

Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed.

Stewart stepped down from his position as host of the award-winning late night political comedy series The Daily Show with Jon Stewart earlier this year – a post he had held since 1999. The nightly series is now hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah.

“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on The Daily Show,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, in a statement. “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.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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