Netflix Signs Comedian Chelsea Handler, Expanding Battlefront With HBO

June 20, 2014 6:50 PM

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Today, Netflix (NFLX) further encroached into HBO’s (TWX) territory, announcing that the company had signed a deal with Chelsea Handler. The comedian will produce a range of new programming for the streaming network, including a stand-up performance, four “docu-comedy” specials, and a talk show.

How will the talk show format, forged over the past half-century on broadcast TV, translate to an on-demand network? Netflix provided scant details in today’s announcement. The company’s giving itself plenty of time to work out the kinks: Handler’s show won’t premiere until 2016.

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