10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Bill Simmons Taps 'Daily Show' Alums for HBO Talker
Bill Simmons is bringing out the big guns at HBO. The sports and media personality has started filling out the creative team for his upcoming program at the pay cable network, and it includes several impressive Daily Show alums.
HBO and Simmons on Thursday announced that The Daily Show's Stuart Miller will serve as executive producer on the forthcoming talk show, set to bow later this year, while fellow Daily Show alum Jason Ross will serve as head writer and TV vet and essayist Kim Gamble will serve as co-executive producer.
“I learned from my Grantland experience how important a good inner circle is and now, we're building a terrific one for HBO," said Simmons. "These are three creative, innovative, curious people, and that's exactly the spirit of the TV show we want to create. My only regret is that none of them root for Boston teams."
The fruits of Simmons' 2015 deal with HBO are already happening online with his newly launched podcast network and plans for editorial content. The 46-year-old sportswriter and occasional lightning rod found himself on the market when ESPN opted not to renew his contract last year. The move has since resulted in the demise of his acclaimed Grantland website, though he's already tapped several of those writers to work at the Bill Simmons Media Group.
Miller and Ross were both key players at The Daily Show during Jon Stewart's tenure as host. Miller, who spent 12 years on the series and won two Emmys, last held the position of co-executive producer after beginning as a field producer in 2003. He is no stranger to HBO, having served as executive producer of Will Ferrell doc Ferrell Takes the Field, and joins Simmons and Eric Weinberger as executive producer of the yet-to-be-titled new show.
Ross has seven primetime Emmys under his belt for his writing. He was with The Daily Show between 2003 and 2013, helped launch the Jimmy Fallon era of The Tonight Show and worked on HBO's short-lived comedy The Brink.
Gamble's TV credits include Nikki & Sara Live and The Colbert Report. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Grantland and The Boston Globe.