Following the acquisition of a majority stake in UK production company Pulse Films, and news it will launch TV channel Viceland in the UK and Ireland, Vice Media said today it will offer Viceland in France via a partnership with Canal Plus. The global youth media company’s new channel will be available exclusively to Canalsat customers across all platforms in the fall. This is part of an expansion plan that will see Viceland hit 10-15 of the largest TV markets globally in the next 12-18 months.
Oscar-winning film director Spike Jonze serves as Co-President of Viceland and is overseeing the development of the new channel. Viceland will focus on immersive original lifestyle and culture content for young viewers that will include a slate of new Vice-produced French programming. The 24-hour channel will be programmed, developed and produced entirely in-house by Vice’s young creative team.
Viceland launched in North America in February, with the UK launch due in September. The channel features hundreds of hours of original programming, including Gaycation; Huang’s World; Noisey; F***, That’s Delicious; Weediquette; and Balls Deep.
The launch of Viceland on Canalsat is the next step in the group’s international multiplatform growth, and follows the announcement last month that Vice France will become a joint venture between Vice Media and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes to expand the youth brand’s presence across online, mobile and linear.
Since launching in 2007, Vice France has evolved from a print magazine into a multimedia platform and operates a large content-creation studio, centered around a network of online channels covering news, fashion, food, sports, technology, arts and music.