Viceland


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 […]

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 […]

Disney plans ESPN web net after $1bn spend

The Walt Disney Company is gearing up to launch an ESPN-branded subscription streaming service, after buying a US$1 billion stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech. The deal marks a major over-the-top push by Disney, which said BAMTech will be a key partner for delivering streamed video and other digital products from both ESPN and […]

Discovery hires McDonald’s exec in Asia rejig

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has hired a senior exec from fast food brand McDonald’s as part of a restructure that sees Korea folded into a larger regional group. Jay Trindad (pictured) has been named senior VP and general manager of Discovery’s northeast Asia business. Korean country manager Hee-Man Lee and his team will be folded […]

The QYou moves into Asia Pacific

Youth-focused broadcaster The QYou has signed a deal with Asia Pacific channel distributor Multi Channels Asia. The agreement will to bring The QYou’s TV formats to Asia Pacific for the first time, continuing the company’s growth across more than 35 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Moving into the Asia Pacific market is a […]

Vice confirms 50+ channel launches

Vice Media’s programming has found distribution in 44 new territories, making a major step forwards for its linear Viceland channel. Vice had previously revealed plans to launch its services in 12 territories following linear net Viceland’s US debut this year, but will in fact be in 51 following today’s announcement of the batch of new […]

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 […]

Viceland orders first scripted series

Viceland’s Canadian feed has ordered its first scripted series. Nirvanna the Band the Show will comprise one of six new series from Canada that the network, which Vice operates locally with Rogers Media, has commissioned. The others are 16-part doc series Cyberwar, skateboard ten-partner Abandoned, eight-part Dead Set on Life, Indigenous community-themed RISE, and millennials-focused […]

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 […]