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 […]

YouTube, Vice, Maker and more for MIP Digital Fronts

Digital platforms and content companies including YouTube, Vice, and Maker Studios will be in Cannes for the MIP Digital Fronts. They will be joined by Dailymotion, AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio, Machinima, New Form Digital, Screen Australia, and Vox Media at the second version of the event, which sees digital specialists showcase their wares. Screenings will […]

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 […]

FremantleMedia sparks a Tiny Riot with new digital studio

The US division of FremantleMedia has created a new digital studio, Tiny Riot! FremantleMedia North America said the studio launch was spurred by the success of pet-themed YouTube channel The Pet Collective and a recent digital content deals with online fashion service StyleHaul and with hipster brand Vice. Gayle Gilman, formerly executive VP, digital content […]

Vice, FremantleMedia cook up foodie web channel for hipsters

Vice and FremantleMedia have joined forces to make culinary content for a new hipster food channel. Producer and distributor FremantleMedia and youth brand Vice will co-develop programming for the new online service, which was described by the partners as ‘a multichannel food platform for a millennial audience’. FremantleMedia is expected to sell the resulting content […]

Vice Media and Pulse Films form US partnership

Edgy youth brand Vice and UK-based producer Pulse Films have agreed a strategic partnership and will work together on a range of projects. The agreement will see Vice help Pulse further its US ambitions in the scripted, unscripted, digital and feature film realms with a raft of coproduced projects going out on Vice’s online channels. […]

Vice Media appoints Nutopia’s Franses, preps UK online channels

Vice, the publishing-to-TV media company, has hired Laura Franses to run its UK operation. Franses was the cofounder, along with Jane Root, of Nutopia, leaving the factual producer last September. She has also worked at Zodiak Media, Fox and Film Four in the UK. At Vice, Franses will take the managing director role as the […]

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 […]

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