Vice is continuing its global media takeover by launching television networks in the U.S. and Europe in the next 12 to 18 months. Vice CEO Shane Smith discussed the plans with CNBC and The Guardian earlier today, confirming one channel for the U.S., entitled Vice TV, and a dozen across Europe.
Some have speculated that A+E Networks will be Smith’s partner for the U.S. channel, though nothing has been confirmed yet. He told CNBC that he is in talks with Netflix, ITV, Sky and Discovery about partnering on the European channels. “There is a bit of a bidding war going on,” he told The Guardian. “In the U.K. there are potentially a number of partners. There are lots of deals on the table. It’s pretty fast and furious.”
Vice first transitioned to television with its HBO docu-series in April 2013. Head over to the CNBC website for all of Smith’s interview.