Shane Smith

Vice boss hails new ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ as Dubuc takes CEO role

Vice Media’s CEO Shane Smith has confirmed A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc will succeed him at youth-skewed media brand, calling them a “modern day Bonnie and Clyde” partnership. Smith is to transition to executive chairman when Dubuc (below left) takes up her new role as CEO after leaving cable channels group A+E in April. News emerged […]

Nancy Dubuc to replace Shane Smith at Vice Media

Nancy Dubuc is leaving her post as president and CEO of A+E Networks and is set to replace Shane Smith as chief executive of Vice Media. A+E’s chairman emeritus and former CEO, Abbe Raven, will return as acting chair while a replacement is found, with Dubuc (pictured right) leaving her post on April 16. It […]

Vice plans scripted push after $450m investment

North American millennial content giant Vice Media has received US$450 million from investment firm TPG, and plans to use the funds in part to push into scripted programming. Vice CEO Shane Smith told CNBC to deal values Vice at $5.7 billion. Part of the investment will go on establishing Vice Studios, which will produce “scripted […]

Vice targets Asia with major mobile expansion

Vice Media is making a major mobile push, expanding its offerings in a bid to reach “hundreds of millions of new mobile subscribers” around the world. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, Vice founder and CEO, Shane Smith, said the deals include a vast rollout in Asia Pacific in partnership with mobile […]

WPP boss predicts Google and Facebook ad ‘duopoly’

The CEO of advertising giant WPP, Martin Sorrell has predicted that Google and Facebook will be its two biggest media investments by 2018. Speaking alongside Vice Media CEO Shane Smith at German trade show Dmexco, Sorrell described Google and Facebook as a “duopoly” that will soon account for 75% of digital advertising and incremental digital […]

Vice CEO: global media headed for ‘chaos’

Vice Media chief executive Shane Smith used his MacTaggart lecture last night in Edinburgh to claim the television and wider media world is set for a “bloodbath” of M&A activity and a “dose of chaos” as new business models emerge. Smith said that the changing digital landscape meant “mainstream media companies” – which he categorised […]

Vice announces 20 TV channel ambitions

Vice Media CEO Shane Smith said that the company would 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 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 (€190 million) in the business.  In an interview with the Financial Times, Smith also hinted at stock market floatation, saying: “We would be […]

Vice Media sets sights on news and TV expansion

Vice Media is reportedly planning to launch local language news services in seven more countries and is also looking to make TV deals. Speaking to Reuters, Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith said that the firm was planning to launch news services in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Australia in the next six […]

A+E beats Time Warner to US$250m Vice stake

A+E Networks will acquire a 10% stake in hipster content brand Vice Media, beating off competition from Time Warner, according to various reports. Disney-Hearst joint venture broadcaster A+E is likely to announce the deal this week, with a value of US$250 million (€190 million) placed on it. This means Vice is worth US$2.5 billion, more […]