Jon Stewart returns in HBO short-form deal
Comedian Jon Stewart has signed a 4 year deal with HBO to produce short-form digital content on current events. This is his first announced entertainment project since quitting “The Daily Show” in August.
HBO said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 3) that the four-year agreement will see Stewart producing content that will be shown on its digital platforms HBO NOW and HBO GO. HBO will also get the first look at other, unspecified, film and TV ventures from the comedian.
In the first project under the deal “Stewart will view current events through his unique prism” and work with a graphics company to produced timely short-form digital content that will be refreshed multiple times a day, the statement said.
No start date for the venture was announced but HBO officials said it was expected to get under way early next year.
Stewart’s irreverent brand of political and media satire made him a beloved figure on television and his influence reached far beyond the small 2-3 million nightly audience of “The Daily Show.”
Since leaving, he has kept a low profile, traveling to Los Angeles in September to accept an Emmy award and opening a farm sanctuary with his wife in New Jersey.
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