Jon Stewart signs deal to be on HBO digital 'every now and again'

Other projects from Jon Stewart to come under four-year production deal with HBO.

HBO announced a four-year deal with Jon Stewart that will bring the former Comedy Central star to its digital platform initially for occasional pieces.

Other productions from Stewart have yet to be determined.

If it all sounds vague, that's because HBO does not know what it will get from Stewart. All it knows is that it has him for the next four years.

"In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism," the HBO release says.

"Working with the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., 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. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed."

Stewart is quoted in the release saying, "I'm so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], 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."

Here's the rest of the release:

Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded an exclusive four-year production pact, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The partnership marks the next phase of Stewart’s groundbreaking career, beginning with short-form digital content, which will be showcased on HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms, and includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures.

In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism. Working with the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., 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. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed.

"Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the ‘Daily Show,’” said Lombardo. "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."

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