Bill Simmons’ new job at HBO will include a website.
The former editor-in-chief of Grantland hired former NFL Network producer Eric Weinberger to serve as president of the Bill Simmons Media Group. One aspect of Weinberger’s job will be to develop a new content site.
“I can’t wait to start working with Eric. He’s a talented guy with an impeccable reputation, someone who is uniquely equipped to help me build an innovative multimedia company from scratch,” Simmons said in a statement. “We’re both beyond excited to start brainstorming about my show and other HBO Sports projects as well. I know from experience that you’re only as good as the people around you, and Eric is one of the very best.”
Weinberger will be one of the executive producer of Simmons’ HBO talk show, due next year. He will also assist building up the Simmons’ production company’s podcast efforts, develop scripted and non-scripted projects, short-form digital content, and more.
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Simmons’ ESPN contract was not renewed by the company in May, leading to his exit. He inked his HBO deal in summer and debuted his new podcast last month. The deal notably excluded any indication of where Simmons’ column would end up. Since the podcast’s release, it has garnered over 12 million downloads in just under two months.
Simmons founded Grantland, a sports and pop culture website under the ESPN umbrella, in 2011. It was shut down at the end of October. Four key Grantland staffers followed Simmons to HBO before the site stopped production last month.