The next act of Jon Stewart‘s career will take place at HBO.
The former Daily Show frontman has signed a four-year production pact with the premium cabler. First up, Stewart will produce and star in “short-form digital content” that focuses on current events for HBO NOW, HBO GO and other platforms. The pact also includes “a first-look option for other film and TV” ventures.
“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on The Daily Show,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo 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’s previous HBO credits include the standup special Jon Stewart: Unleavened, hosting George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy and a recurring role on The Larry Sanders Show.
“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family,” added Stewart. “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 deal brings Stewart back under the same roof as former Daily Show colleague (and current Last Week Tonight host) John Oliver. Although, unlike Oliver, Stewart’s deal does not call for him to headline his own series — at least not yet anyway.