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Jon Stewart to Take ‘Daily Show’ Break to Produce Movie

Host Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's
Host Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He is taking a break from the show to produce a feature film. Photographer: Ethan Miller/Getty Images via Bloomberg

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Jon Stewart will take a 12-week summer break from hosting Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” to produce “Rosewater,” a film based on a book by Maziar Bahari.

Contributor John Oliver will host the show for eight weeks and four weeks will be reruns, Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani said today in an interview. The show has won Emmy awards in the variety, music and comedy category annually since 2001, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Bahari, a BBC journalist who covered Iran’s elections in 2009, was arrested and accused of spying, in part because of an appearance he made on the “Daily Show,” according to Deadline Hollywood, which reported the project earlier today. After his release, Bahari wrote of his captivity and interrogation in “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival.”

The movie is being produced by Stewart and Scott Rudin, along with Gigi Pritzker, whose OddLot Entertainment is financing the project, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Comedy Central parent Viacom Inc., a media company controlled by Chairman Sumner Redstone, gained 1.9 percent to $60.69 at the close in New York. Class B shares of the New York-based company have risen 15 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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