- Season 2 of VICE premieres on HBO Canada on Friday, March 21 at 11
p.m. ET/MT -
- Hosted by Canadian Shane Smith, Season 2 correspondents include Vice
Media's Suroosh Alvi, Rocco Castoro, and Thomas Morton, author Ben
Anderson, Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fazeelat Aslam (HBO's SAVING FACE), artist David
Choe, and filmmakers Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré) and Gelareh Kiazand (And the blue sky) -
"VICE has made an indelible impression on viewers tired of the familiar
nightly newscasts and curious about the world at large." - Alex
Strachan, Postmedia News
TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - HBO's original series VICE returns for a second season on Friday, March 14 at 11:30 p.m. ET/MT on TMN GO and via On Demand platforms of participating service providers. The
series makes its television broadcast premiere on Friday, March 21 at
11 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Hosted by Canadian Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary new media company Vice, the Emmy Award®-nominated series smashes barriers of decorum to cover groundbreaking
stories from around the world. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of
Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Bell Media's
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada).
Always unorthodox and at times irreverent, VICE takes viewers around the globe as its correspondents cover stories
often overlooked by traditional media outlets. When reporting on
today's most pressing issues, from anti-government rebellions and
hotbeds of terrorist activity to conflict and corruption, VICE uses an immersive documentary style to bring a unique perspective to
the events shaping the future. In Season 2, the series investigates a
broad range of topics, which include travelling to international
locations to report on everything from rampant U.S. military waste,
corruption in Afghanistan, extortion, torture, killing in Rio's
favelas, and terrorist training in Dagestan.
** Media Note ** - Download photos at http://mediacentre.corusent.com or BellMediaPR.com/Network/HBO-Canada.
In the Season 2 premiere of VICE, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion on reconstruction projects in
Afghanistan, the most spent on any country in history. But John Sopko,
special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, has found
that much of that money has been wasted, misused, and has even fallen
into the hands of the Taliban. Shane Smith heads to Afghanistan for a
tour of American taxpayer dollars gone down the drain. Meanwhile, Rio
de Janeiro is working hard to remedy its reputation as a drug and
murder capital in time for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. The
Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) has been charged with
pacifying Rio's slums (favelas), but BOPE's military occupation of increasing numbers of favelas has been criticized as heavy-handed. Some corrupt members of the BOPE,
together with ex-police, have formed militia gangs of their own and are
controlling many favelas by sinister means, openly extorting, torturing, killing, and making
Click here to watch a trailer for Season 2 of VICE.
This season also sees the addition of new award-winning correspondents
to the series' roster. Along with Shane Smith, correspondents include VICE media co-founder Suroosh Alvi; conflict-zone journalist, documentary
filmmaker, and author Ben Anderson; Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Fazeelat Aslam (HBO's
SAVING FACE); VICE media editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro; artist David Choe; filmmaker and
producer Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré); Iranian photojournalist and filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand (And the blue sky); and longtime VICE correspondent Thomas Morton.
Founded in 1994 by Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi (Cowboy Capitalists), Vice now operates in 35 countries worldwide and attracts millions of
viewers and readers to its network of online channels dedicated to
music, fashion, travel, news, and sports. Vice's international digital
platforms and magazine are Gen Y's most popular and entertaining source
for news, part of a global media powerhouse that also includes a
television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative
services agency, and a book-publishing division.
VICE is executive produced by Bill Maher (HBO's REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER),
Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti (Fishing Without Nets), and BJ Levin (SKIN TO THE MAX). Fareed Zakaria (FAREED ZAKARIA GPS)
serves as consulting producer.
In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.
In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO
Canada HD and On Demand, via mobile and online with participating
About HBO Canada
HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO's current slate of signature dramatic
and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen
programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events,
behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all
in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in
high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN
GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more
information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is
part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications
company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).
About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a
market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets
in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing
and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
SOURCE: Movie Central
For further information:
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada):
Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Danielle Sefton, 416.479.6094 or email@example.com