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 […]

Viceland moves into late-night programming

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 Boys, […]

Sky boosts Sky Q online offering with food, comedy, e-sports

Sky is adding content from Tastemade, Comedy Central, Vice, Copa90, Ginx eSports TV and Machinima to the online video section of its Sky Q advanced TV offering. The latest raft of agreements add to a short-form content line-up that includes Funny or Die, Red Bull, GoPro and Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. […]

Viceland announces first scripted series

Vice’s linear TV channel, Viceland, has ordered its first scripted series through the Canadian feed of the network. 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 […]

Vice appoints head of content

Vice Media has upped Ciel Hunter to its US-based head of content. Hunter, who started as an intern at Vice eleven years ago, has been promoted from executive creative director.  She replaces Alex Miller who is returning to London to become creative director, Viceland EMEA.  In her new role at Vice, Hunter will oversee the […]

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 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 launched […]

Traditional media brands find Snapchat Discover success

US millennials usually view well-established media brands on Snapchat Discover, rather than media that targets their generation, according to Futurescape. The research firm said that its survey of 1,117 US Snapchat users will “reassure major media owners that their brands and content continue to be relevant to teen and young adult audiences” on the mobile social […]

Vice buys producer Pulse Films

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. Pulse, which Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford launched in 2005, will continue to operate as an independent following […]

Vice bows doc series on Apple Music

Youth-skewed content brand Vice has produced a new music-based docuseries The Score about different music scenes around the world. According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the six-part series is being streamed exclusively on the music subscription service Apple Music. Accompanying the series will be a new playlist featuring the music from each […]

Viceland names management team ahead of launch

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 […]