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BBC orders United States of Hate Islam doc

The BBC has greenlit United States of Hate: Muslims Under Attack, a one-off doc looking at US anti-Islamic groups as well as US Muslims who advocate a war on the west. The film will be made by Pulse Films, the UK indie that hipster brand Vice Media recently bought. UK pubcaster the BBC will put […]

Viceland poaches BBC exec in trio of hires

As Viceland sets itself to launch in Europe, the Vice Media-owned channel has poached a BBC documentaries development chief as one of three new hires. Dan Louw has joined the US-based firm as VP, development for Viceland UK, with Peep Show and Fresh Meat producer Debi Roach also joining as VP, TV production, EMEA. Cam […]

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 […]

A+E scores Pulse rep deal

A+E Networks has entered into a multiyear deal with Vice Media-owned Pulse Films. The deal will see A+E’s international arm selling Pulse’s unscripted and formats, as well as those from East Entertainment, the formats-focused joint venture UK-based Pulse and Israel’s Abot Halmieri launched last year. “Establishing A+E Networks as the distribution partner for Pulse and […]

Vice and ESPN form a sports team

Vice Media and ESPN have agreed a sports content deal that will see each provide content for the other’s channels. Hipster brand Vice has been seen as a challenger to sports net ESPN with sports content featuring on its linear Viceland channel and on its online offerings. ESPN is owned by Disney, itself an investor […]

Another ex-MTG exec joins Antenna

Former Modern Times Group COO Marc Zagar has joined Greece-based broadcaster Antenna Group as CFO. Zagar joins from telecoms group Millicom, where he was group CFO and head of financial planning. Prior to that he was on Scandinavia-based MTG’s executive committee board, holding various high-level roles. Antenna is gearing up for expansion, having recently hired […]

Ex-MTV, Fox content studio execs join Vice

The head of Fox-owned producer ADHD Studios and a former MTV creative director have joined Vice Media’s new cable channel in senior posts. Nick Weidenfeld and Cristián Jofré have become president of programming and creative director at Viceland and Viceland International, working under the network’s co-presidents Spike Jonze and Eddy Moretti and general manager Guy […]

10 MIPTV takeaways: #2 VR now a reality?

The television content business might be a sucker for a new medium to explore, but virtual reality programming might just be the real thing. MIPTV takeaways: #1 no Rising Star, but Roots established MIPTV takeaways: #2 VR now a reality? MIPTV takeaways: #3 Vivendi puts Europe in the spotlight MIPTV takeaways: #4 eclectic talent on the Croisette MIPTV takeaways: […]

Fullscreen, Vice lead MIPDigital Fronts line-up

Multichannel network Fullscreen and hipster entertainment firm Vice Media are among the biggest names presenting content at the third MIPDigital Fronts next week. The event is MIPTV’s international screenings showcase Fullscreen’s head of sales, Kevin McGurn, will be joined on stage by toyco Mattel chief content officer Catherine Balsam-Schwaber to discuss how the two companies […]

Vice buys producer Pulse

Vice Media has acquired transatlantic production studio and long-term collaborator Pulse Films. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, follows a four-year relationship between the pair, who share the same DNA as youth-focused media brands. TBI understands the acquisition materialised in recent weeks. Pulse, which Thomas Benski (pictured) and Marisa Clifford launched in […]