Jon Stewart, HBO teaming up
NEW YORK — Jon Stewart is following the footsteps of another “Daily Show” alumnus: moving from Comedy Central to HBO.
Stewart, the long-time host of the satirical cable news program, has signed on with HBO for a “exclusive four-year production pact.”
Stewart will begin the deal by producing “short form digital content,” which will be programmed for HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms.
“In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism,” HBO said in a statement. The network hopers Stewart’s voice paired with a “pioneering graphics company” in OTOY Inc. will provide audiences with timely short-form pieces.
Stewart took over as host of “The Daily Show” in 1999. He stepped down from the show over the summer.
The move comes nearly two years after another “Daily Show” star, Jon Oliver, signed with HBO to host “Last Week Tonight,” a 30-minute, commercial-free program recapping the week’s news. Oliver had filled in as host of “The Daily Show” while Stewart was directing “Rosewater.”
The deal also includes “a first-look option for other film and TV ventures,” HBO said.