Vice closes France office, names finance duo as co-CEOs to replace Nancy Dubuc

Vice Media Group is closing its office in France and has named finance execs Bruce Dixon and Hozefa Lokhandwala as its co-CEO’s, replacing the outgoing Nancy Dubuc. Lokhandwala has been chief strategy officer at Vice since October 2018 and a JP Morgan banker before that, while Dixon – a former BBC Studios finance director – […]

News round-up: Vice joins Vuulr; Blue Ant expands FAST channels; ZDFS snags Irish thriller

Vice joins Vuulr Vice Distribution has struck a deal that will see 1,000 hours of its shows made available via online content marketplace Vuulr. Titles listed on Vuulr span investigative documentary, entertainment, sport and lifestyle content, including the hit wrestling show Dark Side Of The Ring, which explores the darkest stories from the golden age of […]

A&E & Pulse link for Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary

A&E Network has greenlit a two-hour documentary about the founding member of the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard (working title), from Vice-owned Pulse Films and US prodco Four Screens, will track the life of the famous rapper, who was born Russell Jones in 1968 in Brooklyn and died aged just 35 in 2004. The […]

Pulse Films hires BBC alum as global unscripted creative director

UK-based prodco Pulse Films has appointed exec producer and former BBC commissioning editor Diene Petterle as its global creative director of non-fiction. Petterle will oversee development and delivery of factual programming and docs for the Vice-owned prodco in the US and UK, as well as increased focus on expanding in Latin America. She will report […]

TBI Weekly: Exploring Germany’s fast-evolving scripted sector

Germany’s content business is booming, with scripted programming fast becoming a key tool for incumbent broadcast giants and more nascent streamers. Nick Edwards reports from the Berlin TV Series Festival to provide his take on the event and the issues facing the country’s drama industry. The Berlin TV Series Festival, now in its fifth season, […]

Fremantle’s Naked label hires Vice alum Tamara Howe to lead business development

Fremantle-owned UK label Naked has appointed former Vice exec Tamara Howe as director of commercial and operations. Howe, who was previously MD of international TV at Vice, will work closely with Naked MD Fatima Salaria to shape and deliver the company’s strategic plans, including leading on commercial business development, Overseeing day-to-day operations, Howe will work […]

Vice bets big on news as Studios arm lines up Netflix, Amazon projects

Vice Media Group’s head of international Dominique Delport is betting big on the youth brand’s news division, which is set for international expansion alongside its latest asset, women’s publisher Refinery29.   Speaking to the UK’s Broadcasting Press Guild on Thursday (28 November), Delport proclaimed that “news is back” and that there is renewed scope for […]

Vice buys women’s media publisher Refinery29

Vice Media has acquired female-skewing digital publisher Refinery29. The latter business will report into Vice Boss and former A+E Networks exec Nancy Dubuc, who joined Vice in 2018. Dubuc said the deal demonstrated how Vice was “doubling down on the power of brand, voice and experience – things our audience puts trust in – as […]

Showtime swoops for HBO’s cancelled Vice news show

US cable channel Showtime has picked up news magazine series Vice following its HBO cancellation. The ViacomCBS-owned channel has swooped for rights to the 13-part programme, which will debut next spring. HBO pulled the plug on the show, Vice News Tonight, back in June, ending a seven-year relationship with Vice. The series was nominated for […]

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