Shane Smith

IFC teams with Vice on doc comedy

US cable net IFC and hipster youth brand Vice have joined forces to launch new comedy series Documentary Now!. The show will premiere on today, ten days before it hits linear channel IFC in a 10pm slot. The series stars Jack Black who plays a character based on Shane Smith, the founder of Vice. The […]

Vice launching daily news and OTT channel with HBO

Youth content brand Vice is launching a daily news service on HBO in the US and a branded channel on the premium cabler’s upcoming OTT service HBO Now. The half-hour Vice daily newscast will be stripped through the week on HBO as part of a renewed, wider programming deal between and Time Warner’s HBO and […]

Vice reportedly planning 2015 ‘deal spree’

Vice Media CEO Shane Smith has said that the youth-focused media company aims to go “on a deal spree in 2015” after A+E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures each recently invested US$250 million in the business. In an interview with the Financial Times, Smith also hinted at stock market floatation, saying: “We would be stupid […]

Vice and Rogers team for C$100m Canadian studio

Youth content brand Vice Media and communications giant Rogers are joining forces to create a new C$100 million (US$89.2 million) Canadian studio that will make factual and entertainment content for TV, the internet and mobile devices. The pair will also launch a Vice TV channel in Canada. Vice will have creative control of the studio’s […]

Vice, FremantleMedia launch Munchies, report sales interest

Hipster youth brand Vice has teamed with FremantleMedia to launch a new online food channel, Munchies. The pair has said traditional TV partners are already expressing an interest in licensing its programming. The pair had already announced they would launch a youth-skewed foodie channel, but unveiled programming details and the channels name at MIPTV in […]

News brief: HBO recommissions VICE squad

US premium cablenet HBO has recommissioned its magazine series VICE for a second season. The new 12-part season will launch in 2014. It delves into stories traditional media outlets often overlook, mirroring the editorial policy of the long-running magazine of the same name. “I honestly don’t think there is another network in the world that […]