Bill Simmons Gets New Talk Show
The controversial talking head, formerly of ESPN and founder of Grantland, Bill Simmons has found himself a new gig.
Simmons tweeted this video this morning:
HBO sent out a press release this morning announcing the major multi-platform deal with Bill Simmons. Simmons signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal including a weekly talk show. It's only been two months since ESPN and Simmons parted ways.
“We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “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.”
“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, HBO chairman and CEO], it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”
The agreement begins in October, but the talk show will premiere in 2016. Simmons will also be creating digital content including video podcasts and features, and will be a consultant for HBO Sports developing non-boxing content.
Bill Simmons has served as a sports columnist, TV host and analyst, two-time New York Times bestselling author (“Now I Can Die in Peace: How the Sports Guy Found Salvation Thanks to the World Champion (Twice!) Boston Red Sox” and “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy,” which was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list), Emmy® Award-winning documentary film executive and podcaster. He was the founding editor of the landmark Grantland.com website, which launched four years ago and was recently nominated for three National Magazine Awards, and wrote the groundbreaking “Sports Guy” column for the past 14 years for ESPN and then Grantland.