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article imageJon Stewart signs 4-year production deal with HBO

By Business Insider     Nov 3, 2015 in Entertainment
Jon Stewart has just signed a four-year production deal with HBO.
Under the pact, Stewart gives the pay channel the first-look option on all his film and TV projects.
He will begin small with short-form digital content, which will be showcased on HBO Now, HBO Go, and other platforms.
"Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the 'Daily Show,'" HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a press release. "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."
Stewart added in a statement: "I'm so excited to be working with Richard" Plepler, HBO's chairman and CEO, "Michael, and the entire HBO family. 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.”
The short-form content — based on Stewart's take on current events — will be produced alongside the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc. Basically, the tech will allow Stewart to produce timely content that will be refreshed on HBO Now several times a day.
HBO didn't say when the shorts would begin posting. Additional projects will be announced later.
After shocking fans in February with the announcement that he would be retiring from "The Daily Show" after 16 years, Stewart said on Catie Lazarus' live podcast, Employee of the Month, that he was looking for "flexibility" in his next pursuit.
"I've got maybe four or five more years with [my two children] before they really don't want anything to do with me," Stewart said. "I'm just not there. You can't go 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for 16 years and think you can tell them, 'You're going to be able to not smoke pot.' But believe me, I feel like I'm going to work even more, I'll just be able to do it more near to them."
His last day on "The Daily Show" was August 6.
This article was originally published on Business Insider. Copyright 2015.
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