Iger: no plans to extend Disney CEO tenure

The future leadership of The Walt Disney Company remains in flux after current CEO and chairman Bob Iger told investors he “currently” has no plans to extend his contract. Disney was expected to install Thomas Staggs in the top post when Iger’s contract runs out in 2018, but Staggs’ exit has thrown plans into chaos. […]

Vice ‘to launch channels in 20 countries’

Vice Media CEO Shane Smith said that the company will launch 20 TV channels around the world this year, at company’s Digital Content NewFronts event in New York on Friday. Smith, who began his short speech by lying on the floor and concluded it by singing a cover of Sham 69’s 1978 punk hit If […]

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 […]

10 MIPTV takeaways: #6 the many faces of Vice

The management team that make up Vice Media are not your traditional television executives. Shane Smith, heavily tattooed and fully-bearded, is as outspoken and cage-rattling as media CEOs come, while creative chief Spike Jonze is better known as the Oscar-nominated director of Being John Malkovich. Therefore, it was no surprise chief content officer Eddie Moretti […]

Vice launching Viceland with Canal+

Vice will launch its Viceland linear channel in France this year after teaming with pay TV operator Canal+. The channel will be exclusive to CanalSat, Vice chief content officer Eddy Moretti said here in Cannes this morning. He announced the channel roll out – in French – at the end of Vice’s digital fronts presentation, […]

Former Discovery exec to run Vice’s Euro channels

Hipster brand Vice has hired Arjan Hoekstra to run its fast-growing channels operation. Hoekstra took over running Discovery Networks Asia from Tom Keaveny in 2014 before exiting last March. Prior to that he was in charge of sports net Eurosport in Asia. At Vice he oversee the expansion of Viceland, the linear channel Vice has […]

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 […]

Viceland launching in UK, Ireland on Sky

Vice Media’s new linear TV channel is launching in the UK and Ireland on pay TV platform Sky in Spetember on a non-exclusive basis. The 24-hour Viceland will be offered to Sky’s basic tier customers live, on-demand and through mobile TV service Sky Go, and through SVOD offer Now TV. Selected Viceland programmes will be […]

Viceland channel names team

Vice and A+E’s new TV network, Viceland, will be led by Vice creative director Spike Jonze and chief creative officer Eddy Moretti as co-presidents. Announcing the management team ahead of the channel’s February 29 launch, Vice said that A+E executive Guy Slattery will also join as Viceland’s general manager. Jonze and Moretti will oversee all […]

Vice, Rogers launching Viceland channel

Canadian cable giant Rogers and Vice are teaming to launch the Viceland linear TV channel in Canada, where the hipster brand started out two decades ago. Vice Media, which counts A+E, Disney and Fox among its investors, recently announced the launch of a US cable net in partnership with A+E. That JV is limited to […]

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