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Disney ‘prepares Twitter bid’

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy social media platform Twitter. According to Bloomberg, the Mouse House sees Twitter as a key video distribution platform, and as such has hired the Bank of America to evaluate a deal. Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is the board of Disney, meaning the […]

Ackerman exit triggers rejig at Pulse

Pulse Films has hired a head of US unscripted from its Vice Media sister brand Viceland and handed Emma Cooper control of the UK division after the exit of Roy Ackerman. Fred Grinstein has been drafted in to lead Pulse US unscripted efforts from its LA office, while Emma Cooper (pictured below right) has been […]

Laughing matters at the Edinburgh Int’l TV Festival

Shane Smith and his plan to take over the media world dominated delegate chatter at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week. Jesse Whittock wonders what the Vice boss would make of the BBC’s latest comedy efforts. During his MacTaggart Memorial lecture on Wednesday, which met with a mixed reaction (at best), Vice Media CEO […]

Viceland tackles late night for first time

US cable channel Viceland has entered the late night programming space for the first time, ordered a series from rapper Tyler the Creator, and another from filmmaker Ondi Timoner. The late night series will be Desus & Mero, which is based on a web show of the same name and a podcast from The Bodega […]

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 & […]

Channel 4 names All 4 commissioning team

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed a trio of commissioning editors for its on-demand service, All 4. Joshua Buckingham, Pegah Farahmand and Thom Gulseven will curate digital-first content in their roles, reporting to managing editor Charlie Palmer. They will commission and curate a “range of themed collections”, which incorporates short-, mid- and long-form original and […]

Vice plots original video push after buying Garage

Vice Media has bought a majority stake in the art, architecture, fashion and design-focused title Garage Magazine, and is planning a subsequent push into video. With the deal, Vice said that it plans to “significantly grow” the print publication’s online presence through a new video-driven digital channel. While Garage’s bi-annual print run will continue, Vice […]

Viceland appoints Leidner for unscripted

Nomi Ernst Leidner has been upped at Vice Media and will oversee unscripted development at the Viceland channel. Leidner has been promoted from exec producer, a role in which she oversaw production on Vice series including Gaycation, States of Undress, and Woman with Gloria Steinem. Prior to Vice, the programming exec in development at the […]

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 […]