Bill Simmons, ex-ESPN personality, finds new home at HBO

Bill Simmons (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP).
Bill Simmons arrives at the world premiere of "Million Dollar Arm" at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Bill Simmons will take up with HBO after his ouster from ESPN, in a move that will have the revered sportswriter host a weekly talk show on the Time Warner pay-cable service starting in 2016.

Simmons will appear exclusively on HBO for all TV appearances, the network said Wednesday. The pact between the two, which becomes effective in October, sets up what HBO called "a comprehensive partnership on a variety of platforms between the network and Simmons."

The talk show, expected to feature guests from the worlds of sports and culture, will also appear on HBO Go, the company's on-demand service for subscribers, and HBO Now, its stand-alone broadband service.

Simmons is also expected to produce content for various HBO venues, including podcasts, and will consult with HBO Sports in the development of shows and documentary films with Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. He will not be involved in the company's boxing coverage.

"We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time," said Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, in a prepared statement. "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."