The next step in former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart's career comes in a four-year production deal with Time Warner Inc.'s HBO. HBO said on Tuesday the partnership will begin with Stewart producing short-form digital content for the cable network's HBO Go, and HBO Now platforms. There will be future projects as well, and the deal includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures, according to a company news release. This next phase comes nearly three months after Stewart handed the "Daily Show" reins to comedian Trevor Noah. Stewart had hosted the show since 1999. "Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," Stewart said in a statement. "I'm pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again." Using technology he is developing with cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., Stewart will produce timely digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO's digital platforms multiple times during the day.
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