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Bill Simmons Agrees To Multi-Platform Deal With HBO, Will Host TV Show Starting In 2016

In early May, ESPN abruptly ended its relationship with Grantland founding editor Bill Simmons, who had been part of the sports monolith since 2001. Today, HBO announced that they have signed a "multi-year, multi-platform" deal with Simmons.

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">@Billsimmons will also have a production deal with HBO to produce content for the net and its digital platforms, including video podcasts.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)

.@Billsimmons will also have a production deal with HBO to produce content for the net and its digital platforms, including video podcasts.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 22, 2015

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HBO put out a releaseabout the move.

Bill Simmons, one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media and the founding editor of Grantland.com, and HBO have entered into a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming next year, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time” said Lombardo. “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.”

Simmons is also excited about his new home.

“It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape,” Simmons said. “From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard (Plepler), it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”

Simmons can be a divisive figure at times, but he has hoards of die-hard fans. We're excited to see what he comes up with at a place like HBO, where the reins will likely be looser than they were at ESPN. HBO is a subsidiary of Time Warner, which could open doors for Simmons being included in other mediums as well.

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