Shane Smith

Vice CEO: ‘chaos’ headed for global media

Vice Media chief executive Shane Smith used his MacTaggart lecture last night in Edinburgh to claim the television and wider media world is set for a “bloodbath” of M&A activity and a “dose of chaos” as new business models emerge. Smith said that the changing digital landscape meant “mainstream media companies” – which he categorised […]

Viceland adds UK originals ahead of debut

The upcoming British pay TV channel Viceland UK will feature series from emerging local talent, plus a number of US originals that have already played in North America. The UK feed of Vice Media’s linear TV channel has commissioned four unscripted shows. These are Big Night Out, Hate for Beginners – Jamali Maddix, Needles & […]

Vice confirms 50+ channel launches

Vice Media’s programming has found distribution in 44 new territories, making a major step forwards for its linear Viceland channel. Vice had previously revealed plans to launch its services in 12 territories following linear net Viceland’s US debut this year, but will in fact be in 51 following today’s announcement of the batch of new […]

Vice appoints head of content

Vice Media has upped Ciel Hunter to its US-based head of content. Hunter, who started as an intern at Vice eleven years ago, has been promoted from executive creative director. She replaces Alex Miller who is returning to London to become creative director, Viceland EMEA. In her new role at Vice, Hunter will oversee the […]

Vice CEO to keynote Edinburgh TV Festival

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. The keynote is traditionally a significant event in the UK television calendar, and has been delivered in the past by the likes of Ted Turner, Peter Bazalgette, Rupert Murdoch, Kevin Spacey and, last […]

Vice ‘to launch channels in 20 countries’

Vice Media CEO Shane Smith said that the company will launch 20 TV channels around the world this year, at company’s Digital Content NewFronts event in New York on Friday. Smith, who began his short speech by lying on the floor and concluded it by singing a cover of Sham 69’s 1978 punk hit If […]

More international rollouts for Vice

Vice Media has teamed up with Greece’s Antenna Group to expand further in central and eastern Europe, rolling out operations in Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia. The move follows the pair’s existing collaboration in Greece, Serbia and Romania. Vice will launch new editorial and production operations to create and distribute its […]

Viceland launching in UK, Ireland on Sky

Vice Media’s new linear TV channel is launching in the UK and Ireland on pay TV platform Sky in Spetember on a non-exclusive basis. The 24-hour Viceland will be offered to Sky’s basic tier customers live, on-demand and through mobile TV service Sky Go, and through SVOD offer Now TV. Selected Viceland programmes will be […]

Vice-branded A+E channel due next year

The planned rebranding of A+E Networks’ H2 channel as a Vice Media-branded proposition is expected to happen early next year. According to various US reports, an announcement confirming a cable network that will be carried in 70 million homes is expected today. The plan came to the fore after A+E invested US$250 million in youth […]

Vice to create 12 European channels

Vice plans to make an “aggressive move into TV in 2016” with channel launches across Europe and in the US. Ahead of Vice’s IAB Digital Upfront event in London this evening, the youth-skewing digital media brand said that it planned to compliment its position across online and mobile with a push into linear television. Though […]