VICE Distribution announces first spring Slate
VICE Distribution, the global distribution division of VICE Media Group, has revealed its first slate of programming for Spring following the launch of the business last year.
The slate features 250 hours of new premium non-scripted content from across VICE Media Group including true crime, investigative documentary, current affairs and politics, as well as pop culture and entertainment. VICE Distribution launched in Summer 2020 with over 900 hours of documentary, lifestyle and news programming.
The new Spring slate comes from producers including VICE Studios, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning co-producers of ‘Flee’, VICE World News, the newly-launched content hub from VICE Media Group who produce hundreds of hours of international television, digital and audio news programming for a global audience, and high-end third party producers including Icon Films, 44 Blue Productions, Railsplitter Pictures and Insight Productions.
Bea Hegedus, Global Head of Distribution, VICE Studios: ‘Our Spring slate of premium and distinctive factual programming has international appeal and speaks to the issues and subjects which youth audiences truly care about. We look forward to bringing our unique content directly from our award-winning producers, production partners and channels to global audiences.”
The brand new Spring slate features true crime series including ‘Jack the Ripper: Hidden Victims’, a new three-part documentary from VICE Studios for Channel 5 in the UK, which debunks the myths and mistruths around the Jack the Ripper murders.
Produced by VICE World News,‘‘Criminal Planet’, which reveals the latest trends in global crime and the increasingly complex, high-tech and wide-reaching challenges faced by law enforcement and will air on VICE TV this year and Point Blank’ is an immersive cultural examination of Asia’s obsession with guns, examining gun culture as a way to gain a deeper understanding of the countries we visit.
VICE Distribution’s premium investigative documentary, politics and current affairs selection includes VICE Studios produced ‘QAnon: The Search for Q’ which chases down the mysterious figure behind the movement known as ‘Q' who has amassed a devoted following of online conspiracy theorists.
The series also more than tripled VICE TV's primetime audience and was the best performing content in nearly a year. From Efran Films and narrated by Jeffery Wright (Westworld) comes ‘While The Rest Of Us Die’, unpacking America’s national security spending and plan to suspend democracy in order to serve the interests of the elite class.
Produced by VICE World News, ‘Wet Markets Exposed’ goes inside the epidemic of wet markets for exotic wild pets and follows the efforts of the heroic people who are trying to shut them down in order to protect the planet’s biodiversity and ‘Border to Border’ investigates life at the junctions of crime, escalating armed conflict with a lense of local culture.
Pop culture and entertainment titles include a brand new season of VICE Studios highly successful wrestling documentary ‘Dark Side of the Ring’ as well as VICE TV’s recently announced expansion of the franchise with two new series, ‘Dark Side of Football’ and ‘Dark Side of the ‘90s’, which look at the untold stories of American football and the 90’s. From VICE World News comes the 6-part series ‘The Deep End: Fanatics’, which explores the space between interest and obsession in youth culture today and ‘Reset’, which reveals the origins of the global phenomenon of video games, from Millennial nostalgia for Super Mario Brothers and Zelda, and Gen Z’s obsession with Fortnite.
Other productions include the recently announced series from Icon Films, VICE World News and VICE TV, ‘Unknown Amazon with Pedro Andrade’, which explores the real modern-day Amazonia in all its complexity, as well as the third season of the VICE TV original ‘Hamilton's Pharmacopeia’, which follows journalist, documentarian, and scientific researcher Hamilton Morris on an incredible journey as he investigates the history, chemistry and societal impacts of the world's most extraordinary drugs.
VICE Distribution recently announced partnerships with SBS Australia for 700 hours of VICE Media Group content, and with Hulu in the US for over 100 hours of original VICE TV programming. VICE Distribution holds further content partnerships with Bell Media in Canada, AMC International in Iberia and Hulu in Japan.