HBO, Bill Simmons strike up multi-platform deal

The U.S. premium cable net will be the "exclusive television home" for the Grantland founding editor and '30 For 30' co-creator (pictured), with a talk show set for 2016.
July 22, 2015

U.S. premium cable service HBO has struck a multi-year, multi-platform deal with founding editor and ’30 For 30′ doc strand co-creator Bill Simmons.

Under the deal, HBO will be the “exclusive television home” for Simmons. First fruits of the deal, which commences in October, include a talk show for 2016, which will air on HBO as well as via its digital platforms, HBO Go and HBO Now. The show will feature guests from sports and cultural fields.

Simmons, who generated the concept for ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ documentary strand and served as one of its executive producers, will also have a production deal to generate content for the network and its digital platforms, and will also work with HBO Sports president Ken Hershman to develop shows and documentary projects for the network.

“We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo┬áin a statement. “His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers. We could not be more thrilled for him to bring those talents to HBO and to become a signature voice at the network, spanning the sports and pop culture landscapes.”

“From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard [Plepler, HBO chairman and CEO], it was hard to imagine being anywhere else,” added Simmons.

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