A+E Networks and VICE Media have announced a joint venture that will offer VICE as a new 24-hour channel programmed and produced exclusively by VICE.
A+E Networks’ channel H2 will be transitioned to VICELAND (working title). VICELAND will be distributed in approximately 70 million homes, and will feature hundreds of hours of completely new programming developed and produced entirely in-house by the young creative minds that are the heart and soul of VICE, and the driving force behind its success over the last decade.
“It feels like most channels are just a collection of shows,” comments Spike Jonze. ”We wanted VICELAND to be different, to feel like everything on there has a reason to exist and a strong point of view. Our mission with the channel is not that different from what our mission is as a company: it’s us trying to understand the world we live in by producing pieces about things we’re curious about, or confused about, or that we think are funny. And if it doesn’t have a strong point of view then it shouldn’t be on this channel.”