TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Today VICE Canada announced that they have acquired full ownership over their studio business and VICELAND content library, following the end of their joint venture with Rogers Media and the subsequent end of Rogers Media's minority position in VICE Studio Canada. VICE Canada will be announcing new partnerships in the Canadian market soon.
The core pillars of VICE Canada's business remain, including the award winning VICE Studio Canada, a thriving digital business that reaches millions of Canadians a year and VIRTUE the global creative agency, born inside of VICE Media, developing content programs and platforms for the world's largest brands.
"VICE will continue to grow in Canada in 2018. We have a lot of opportunity ahead of us and will be announcing some new exciting partnerships soon," said Ryan Archibald, President VICE Canada. "As we build VICE into the preeminent home for today's most impactful storytellers and bring those stories to viewers across the world though digital, mobile, and our award-winning studio, keeping VICELAND alive as a showcase of the content and people that shape our culture is a priority for us," continued Archibald. "Rogers Media's initial investment helped to establish our studio as a leading producer of some of the most engaging Canadian content out there and we thank them for their partnership."
First announced in October of 2014, with VICELAND launching in February of 2016, the Rogers Media/VICE Canada partnership produced over 130 hours of original Canadian programming. VICELAND's content recently received 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including, best comedy series (Nirvanna the Band the Show), best documentary program (RISE), best factual series (Payday), best lifestyle program (Dead Set On Life) and best news or information program (Terror).
In 2017 VICE Canada announced an exclusive deal with Bell Media to broadcast the Emmy award winning VICE News Tonight and later that year announced a partnership with W5 to produce two documentaries focused on the opioid crisis.
VICELAND will remain on air until March 31st 2018.
SOURCE VICE Canada
For further information: Chris Ball, Head of Communications, VICE Canada, P: 416-737-9559, E: [email protected]