HBO signs ex-ESPN personality Bill Simmons to exclusive deal including weekly talk show

07/22/2015 12:46 EDT | Updated 07/22/2016 05:59 EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. - HBO says it has struck a multi-year, multi-platform deal with the multi-faceted Bill Simmons.

Under the deal, which begins in October, HBO will be Simmons' exclusive television home, the network said Wednesday.

Among other projects, Simmons will host a weekly talk show premiering next year. It will feature stories and guests from across the sports and cultural landscapes.

He will also have a production deal to produce content for the network and its digital platforms, delivering video podcasts and features. In addition, he will consult with HBO Sports.

A top personality at ESPN until they parted ways in May, Simmons has served as a sports columnist, TV host and analyst, and bestselling author. He was also the founding editor of the website.