Stephen Colbert & CBS Studios Enter Multiyear First-Look Deal


Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, has signed a three-year first-look deal with CBS Studios.

CBS Studios will have the first-look rights to produce all television and streaming content created and developed by Colbert’s Spartina Productions. Evelyn McGee Colbert, Colbert’s wife, will be a principal in the company, as will Chris Licht and Tom Purcell, executive producers on The Late Show.

Colbert said, “It’s great to make things. Making things with CBS has been great. I am grateful that together we’re going to make more great things. It’s just great.”

“CBS is proud to be the creative home for Stephen Colbert at both our network and studio,” said George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS. “His ambitions to build this new company and expand his producing repertoire coincide nicely with the growing content opportunities within ViacomCBS, and we’re excited to be his partner in the process.”

“Stephen has created remarkable content for CBS and several other ViacomCBS divisions,” said CBS Studios President David Stapf. “His comedic, social and political acumen are second to none, and his everyman qualities are beloved by critics and audiences alike. We are fortunate that he will be making the studio his production home for many years to come.”