Jon Stewart & HBO Team Up For A "Short-Form Content" Deal, & Chances Are, It's Gonna Be Big
Our national nightmare is coming to an end very, very soon: We may get our Jon Stewart back soon after all. (Well, sorta.) Three months after he signed off The Daily Show with no concrete plans for what he would do next, Jon Stewart and HBO have teamed up for a four-year production deal. The major partnership, which was announced today by the network, will cover multiple platforms from HBO GO to HBO NOW — and will allow Stewart to create content for the upcoming presidential election. So we won’t be lost without him after all! (Although you know there's a few candidates may be shuddering at this news.)
“The partnership marks the next phase of Stewart's groundbreaking career, beginning with short-form digital content,” HBO announced today. Stewart’s "timely short-form digital content" will start rolling out online early next year. The network added in a press release about the Stewart collaboration, “In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism... He is developing new technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day.”
In his own statement, Stewart said the HBO gig is ideal. “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," said Stewart. "I'm pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again." And most people reacting to the news online seem to agree the partnership is perfect...
Jon Stewart + HBO. 4 Year Deal. Sounds awesome.— Alex (@alexpenn) November 3, 2015
Jon Stewart + HBO + Short Form Digital Content? Fab. Excited for HBO to embrace digital more and spread the awesome— Sam Barlow (@mrsambarlow) November 3, 2015
HBO now has Jon Stewart, John Oliver and Bill Simmons so I'm pretty sure they've won entertainment— Dylan Pollack (@dylon728) November 3, 2015
Beyond the online content, the deal grants HBO the “first-look option” with Stewart’s projects — which basically means they get first dibs on his ideas. As for what those could be, Stewart didn’t provide many clues about his plans when his tenure with The Daily Show wrapped in August, instead saying he was just enjoying the break. However, Stewart’s resume includes directing a film, covering hard news and doing standup... So just about anything is possible.
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