Bill Simmons Is Definitely Coming to HBO in October
Just because ESPN didn’t renew Bill Simmons‘s contract past September, doesn’t mean the Grantland founder is never going to appear on any media platform again. Hence why HBO announced its new multi-year, multi-platform deal with the sports media personality. Rumors of a deal between the two had been circulating since late June.
The network’s official PR Twitter account broke the news on Wednesday morning:
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) July 22, 2015
According to the press release, HBO Preident of Programming Michael Lombardo announced Simmons and HBO “have entered into a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming” sometime in 2016. Lombardo continued, saying the network has enjoyed “Simmons and his work for a very long time”:
“His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers. We could not be more thrilled for him to bring those talents to HBO and to become a signature voice at the network, spanning the sports and pop culture landscapes.”
Although the agreement takes effect in October after the ESPN concludes, Simmons’s new television show won’t appear until sometime next year. However, the “multi-platform” deal also includes content deals for HBO GO and HBO NOW subscribers, as well as “video podcasts and features” and consulting work with HBO Sports on “non-boxing-related programming”
Simmons, meanwhile, decided to piggyback on the official announcement with his own wordless Twitter repost of a YouTube link to the cable network’s original 1983 “Feature Presentation” intro:
Combined with Game of Thrones, True Detective, Last Week Tonight and just about every other piece of television programming that anyone actually gives a damn about, Simmons’s addition to the HBO roster ensures the network’s status as the Donald Trump of cable channels.
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