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.
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."