Jon Stewart is returning to the news-entertainment world — but this time, he’s producing digital content for HBO.
The news comes via Deadline, which reports the exclusive four-year production deal with HBO. Stewart’s deal doesn’t require him to launch his own show via HBO, like other newsy hosts Bill Maher and former Daily Show alum John Oliver, but that’s not totally out of the cards either.
Deadline reports that Stewart will start with “short-form digital content, which will be showcased on HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms, but includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures…
“In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will work with the cloud graphics company OTOY Inc. to develop new technology that will allow him to produce timely, current-events-focused short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day.”
“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family,” Stewart said, according to Deadline. “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.”
HBO seems like a natural fit for Stewart, who is smart, savvy and can drop an F-bomb like nobody else. We can’t wait to see what kind of hopefully hard-hitting, thoughtful content he helps the network develop.