VICELAND ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMMING SLATE
EMMY-NOMINATED NETWORK ROLLS OUT THREE NEW SERIES; RENEWS TWO POPULAR SHOWS; EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION WITH DIRECTV
November 15, 2016, Brooklyn, NY - VICELAND, the new channel from VICE Media and A+E Networks, is premiering three new series with "Payday," which just premiered on the network, and two others to follow in December: "Big Night Out" and "Bong Appétit." In addition, the network brings back two of its most popular shows for new seasons: "Kings of the Road" and "Weediquette."
Said VICE Media Founder and CEO Shane Smith: "I am just tickled pink to announce VICELAND's new series and also very happy with how our distributors across the board like DIRECTV are embracing VICELAND not only on traditional platforms but OTT as well. VICELAND continues to grow in audience and reach with our core cohorts being millennials. We are having a lot of fun with VICELAND and see this as only the beginning of our evolution as a brand. Vive la difference!"
DIRECTV recently broadened distribution of VICELAND to millions more potential viewers, offering the network on Select, Entertainment and Choice packages via their satellite platform. DIRECTV will also carry VICELAND on their entry-level package on DIRECTV NOW when that service launches later this year.
ABOUT THE NEW SHOWS
"PAYDAY" (Fridays @ 9:00 PM) follows four 20-somethings over the course of a single pay-period to see how they live, spend, struggle, and thrive, tracing the fortunes of this emerging generation. Each episode will focus on a specific city from all over North America. The series premiere highlights Reno, Nevada, following the frontier town's residents' fortunes from a valet-turned-rapper, a funeral director, a cam girl, and the Muslim Republican County Chairman. Other cities include: Memphis, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Houston, Toronto and Oakland.
"BIG NIGHT OUT" (debuting December 14 @ 10:00 PM) 2016 has been a rough year, but even in this bleak world, kids still dress up, gather, get loaded and dance to weird, loud music. Now Clive Martin - VICE UK's T.S. Eliot of rave culture - is traveling the planet to discover how partying has become an act of rebellion, sustenance and survival for young people everywhere.
"BONG APPÉTIT" (debuting December 15 @ 11:30PM) A combination that's equal parts Naked Chef, Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa... with weed. Hosted by VICE's Abdullah Saeed, "Bong Appétit" explores the making and consumption of high-end cannabis-infused foods with different chefs and party guests each episode.
In addition to new content, the network announced season renewals for its hybrid skateboard-reality competition show "KINGS OF THE ROAD" featuring Thrasher's annual scavenger hunt, pitting some of the best skaters in the country against each other on the adventure of a lifetime, putting their lives, limbs, and dignity in often ridiculous peril. Also returning for its third season, one of the network's breakout shows, "WEEDIQUETTE" with Krishna Andavolu, an on-going look at the role of marijuana in all points within the culture as the U.S. slowly begins to legalize it. Premiere dates will be announced at a later date.
Most TV channels are just a collection of shows - VICELAND is a collection of personal points-of-view. Everything at VICELAND has a reason to exist and a strong perspective. Our mission is to examine the world we live in, and explore the things that confuse us, make us curious, make us laugh, or awaken our sense of wonder.
VICELAND features series examining all things culture, including music, food, technology, sex, fashion and more. The channel is overseen by Oscar-winning writer/director Spike Jonze, a long-time VICE partner and creative director for the company, and features series hosted by VICE newcomers like Ellen Page, Ian Daniel, Michael K Williams and Hailey Gates, as well as longtime VICE hosts like Action Bronson, Thomas Morton and Eddie Huang and its new late night show "Desus & Mero."
About VICE MEDIA
VICE is the world's preeminent youth media company and content creation studio. Launched in 1994, VICE now operates in over 30 countries and distributes its programming to viewers across digital, linear, mobile, film and socials. VICE includes an international network of digital channels; a television and feature film production studio; a magazine; a record label; an in-house creative services agency; a book-publishing division; and a newly launched U.S and Canadian TV network, VICELAND.
VICE's award-winning programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabody Awards, Sundance Film Festival, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Frontline Club, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard awards, and Webby Awards, among others.