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Jon Stewart Picks His Post-Daily Show Landing Spot: HBO

4-year deal begins with short-form digital content

Jon Stewart is moving from Comedy Central to HBO. Getty Images

After spending 16 years at Comedy Central as host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has found a new network to call home: HBO.

The comedian signed a four-year deal with the premium cable network, but he won't be making his debut on any of HBO's TV channels. Instead, Stewart will initially create short-form digital content for platforms including HBO Go and the OTT subscription service HBO Now. The deal also has a first-look option for film and TV projects.

HBO said Stewart is working with cloud graphics company Otoy Inc. to create "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."

"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," said Stewart in a statement.

Landing Jon Stewart is the latest coup for HBO, which in recent months has signed major deals to bring Bill Simmons, Sesame Street and a nightly news program from Vice to the network in the coming year.

"Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the 'Daily Show,'" said Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, in a statement. "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 previously appeared on the network in a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show, as well as the HBO standup special Jon Stewart: Unleavened.

After his poignant Daily Show finale in August, Stewart passed the hosting baton to Trevor Noah, who is settling in and making the program his own.

Stewart told CBS This Morning last month that he doesn't miss The Daily Show because "I feel like I completed it. It's when you feel like you complete a project to the best of your ability, when you've done the best that you think you're able to do ... so I can't regret. All I can do now is be happy that I had that opportunity."

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