Jon Stewart inks 4-year deal with HBO to create digital content

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film,"Rosewater," in New York. Stewart says goodbye on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, after 16 years on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that established him as America's foremost satirist of politicians and the media. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

(NBC NEWS) – Jon Stewart’s retirement as “Daily Show” host has allowed him to change channels — to HBO, that is.

The comedian and premium-cable network announced a four-year deal Tuesday that will include Stewart creating exclusive digital content for HBO NOW, HBO Go and other platforms, NBC News reported.

The production pact also gives HBO the first-look option for any film and TV projects by Stewart, the network said in a news release.

“In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism,” the network said. “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.”

OTOY, a Los Angeles-based graphics startup, works with 3D and virtual reality streaming technology. The company tweeted Tuesday that it’s “thrilled to be helping Jon build out this vision.”

Stewart said in a statement that he’s ready for his next adventure — although whatever he produces will be shorter than his satirical Comedy Central show.

“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me,” Stewart joked in a release. “I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”

Stewart left “The Daily Show” in August after 16 years as emcee.

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