Viacom’s Comedy Central announced that it has reached individual agreements with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to extend their contracts to host “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.”
Stewart’s contract extension will keep him at the helm of “The Daily Show” through June 2013. He will continue to serve as executive producer, writer and host.
Colbert’s extension will keep him and “The Colbert Report” at the all-comedy channel through the end of 2012. Colbert serves as executive producer, writer and host for “The Report.”
“The Daily Show,” a nightly news parody, launched in the summer of 1996. Among the show’s many plaudits since Stewart took over on January 11, 1999 are a grand total of 32 Primetime Emmy nominations. It has received a record seven consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series; six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program; and Stewart has been nominated for five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. The series is also a two-time winner of the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.
Stewart, Rory Albanese and Josh Lieb are the executive producers of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” with Kahane Corn serving as co-executive producer. Supervising producers are Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz, Hillary Kun, Adam Lowitt and Jim Margolis. The series’ head writer is Steve Bodow and it is directed by Chuck O’Neil.
“The Colbert Report” features no-holds-barred discussions in which the important topics of our time and the daily news are treated with absolutely no seriousness whatsoever. Colbert preaches “truthiness” – his version of the truth and the only version that matters. Since the series’ launch on October 17, 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received a total of 15 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including four consecutive nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. The series broke through with its first Emmy win in 2008 when it received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Colbert has been nominated three times for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. The series was also honored with a Peabody Award for 2008.
“The Colbert Report” is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Production Inc. in association with Colbert’s Spartina Productions Inc. Stewart, Colbert and Tom Purcell are the executive producers with Meredith Bennett and Richard Dahm as co-executive producers. Jim Hoskinson is the director.