HBO has picked up irreverent news magazine series VICE for two more seasons. A 14-episode Season 3 will debut in 2015 and Season 4 will premiere in 2016. Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary global youth media company of the same name, VICE explores everything from civil unrest and hotbeds of terrorism, to unchecked government corruption and looming environmental catastrophes. VICE kicked off its 12-episode second season March 14, debuting new editions Fridays at 11 PM, following new editions of Real Time With Bill Maher. VICE is executive produced by Maher, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti and BJ Levin; consulting producer, Fareed Zakaria.
Johnathon Schaech has joined the cast of sci-fi thriller Vice. Director Brian A. Miller’s film is set on a futuristic resort where the rich can live out their darkest fantasies and the lifelike staff are actually synthetic beings. Schaech will play Chris, an adviser to resort owner Julian (Bruce Willis) who can predict usually how Julian will react and tries to stay one step ahead of him. Schaech recently did arcs on Showtime’s Ray Donovan and Lifetime’s The Client List and next appears in the features 7500 and The Prince. He is repped by APA and the Schiff Co.
Dan Bakkedahl has been cast in Agent 47, Fox’s reboot of Hitman that originally was going to star Paul Walker. Rupert Friend stars as Agent 47, the bald, cloned assassin-for-hire made famous in the Square Enix video game. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware also star. Bakkedahl will play Sanders, a U.S. State Department official in Vienna who interrogates Agent 47. He is a regular on the FXX comedy Legit, and his TV credits also include Veep, Community and United States Of Tara. He also appeared in the 2013 big-screen comedy The Heat. He is repped by Paradigm and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Vice’ Attracts Berlin Buyers; Umedia Takes ‘Six Dance Lessons’; ITV To Launch New Channel
Proving yet again the affinity global distributors have for Bruce Willis, K5 International has enjoyed a strong sales run at Berlin with Vice. The Willis-starrer has nearly sold out with more than 37 territories biting. The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films picture, produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Adam Goldworm, was picked up across Scandinavia, Russia, Benelux, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Czechoslovakia and France. The film had previously sold to Germany, Poland, ex-Yugoslavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and India. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the movie that’s set in a resort where the rich live out their most perverse fantasies via synthetic humanoids. When one becomes self-aware and breaks out, she seeks her revenge. Willis plays the resort’s owner and Ambyr Childers is the renegade android. Thomas Jane is also in the cast. Brian A. Miller is directing from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore.
K5 International has boarded international sales on futuristic actioner Vice, starring Bruce Willis. K5 Media Captial has also come aboard to finance with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the movie that’s set in a resort where the rich live out their most perverse fantasies via synthetic humanoids. When one becomes self-aware and breaks out, she seeks her revenge. Willis plays the resort’s owner and Ambyr Childers is the renegade android. Thomas Jane has also joined the cast. Brian A. Miller is directing from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore. Randall Emmett, George Furla and Adam Goldworm are producers. K5’s Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur are exec producing with Grindstone Entertainment’s Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb. Lionsgate is releasing in the U.S.
Tom Hiddleston will play the lead in High-Rise, the upcoming film from producer Jeremy Thomas. Ben Wheatley (A Field In England) directs the picture that’s based on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 thriller. Amy Jump adapted the book that centers on a luxurious London residential tower so advanced, it’s a world apart. But things begin to degenerate and the tenants turn against one another. Hiddleston plays a young doctor seduced by the building who finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Wheatley, whose …
Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films
EXCLUSIVE: Lone Survivor producer Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is set to produce and finance Vice, an Andre Fabrizio- and Jeremy Passmore-scripted futuristic action thriller that will star Bruce Willis. The $15 million-budget pic will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films. The movie is set in a city in which humans can enact their most perverse fantasies onto androids. One android becomes self-aware and breaks out, only to become intent on shutting down the organization. Ambyr Childers, most recently seen in 2 Guns, Ray Donovan and The Master, will play the android, and Willis will play Julian, owner of the Vice resort that caters to the depraved. Pic begins shooting March 15 in Alabama and more casting is pending. George Furla, Randall Emmett and Adam Goldworm are producing. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will executive produce, and Tim Sullivan is co-producing.
Emmett/Furla is fully in the Bruce Willis business these days: He just finished shooting director Brian A. Miller’s action thriller The Prince alongside Jason Patric, John Cusack and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, also penned by Fabrizio and Passmore. Willis also was recently set to star in Captive, a Brazil-set action thriller directed by Simon Brand that shoots later this year.
Willis is repped by CAA, and E/F/O Films is with WME.
Feature writer Michael Diliberti (30 Minutes Or Less) has set up two TV projects through his double blind script deal at ABC Studios. He has teamed with Shine America and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite for comedy Skin Deep, which has sold to ABC, and with Fake Empire for Vice, a drama set up at CBS. ABC’s Skin Deep centers on an idealistic young beauty salon owner forced to take on a brash and opinionated male stylist. Diliberti is exec producing with Electric Dynamite. CBS’ Vice revolves around a pair of inexperienced young cops who must confront their own vices when they stumble into high-profile undercover work in the City of Angels. Diliberti and Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein exec produce. Diliberti is with WME, Brian Levy and David Kritzman.
Madonna, VICE, and BitTorrent have unveiled secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute short film Madonna has been teasing online for months. The multihyphenate, who most recently helmed 2011’s W.E., co-directed the short with Steven Klein for the Art for Freedom project which launches September 24 at 2 PM ET. That’s when secretprojectrevolution will be made available for free as a BitTorrent Bundle. The download will include stills from the film, three HD film trailers, and with an email gate an exclusive HD 2K interview with Madonna by VICE’s CCO Eddy Moretti along with a handwritten note from Madonna. The Art for Freedom initiative is a public art project that encourages participants to submit video, music, poetry, and photography expressing the meaning of freedom and revolution. Said Madonna: “My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression. I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.” The BitTorrent Bundle gives content creators access to BitTorrent’s 170M users and is in its Alpha stage, with access to open further to approved creators opening wider on September 24.
EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning The Act of Killing garnered wide acclaim and the year’s best nonfiction debut this summer. But the filmmakers believe the docu, in which ex-death squad leaders of the 1965-1966 Indonesian genocide reenact their own atrocities for the camera, can’t have a traditional release in the country where said mass murderers are still celebrated as national heroes. So the film’s most significant release will come in September when Drafthouse Films, VICE, and VHX open the pic in Indonesia – for free.
The 1965 genocide that killed an estimated 500K to 1 million accused leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese is rarely talked about in the country and isn’t taught in history books. It’s so sensitive within Indonesia that the 60+ Indonesian crew members on The Act Of Killing are credited as “Anonymous” for fear of retribution. Filmmakers fear that, if submitted to the government-run film board, the docu would likely be banned and subsequent screenings would invite violent attacks by paramilitary groups. Instead, Drafthouse, VICE, Signe Byrge Sørensen’s Final Cut for Real ApS, and VHX will release Act of Killing within Indonesia on September 30 via www.actofkilling.com, where local viewers can download the 159-minute directors cut for free from a site exclusively geo-blocked for Indonesia.
The deal just came to light although it was made before the end of June when News Corp split into separate entertainment and publishing companies. But it gives 21st Century Fox a foothold in a trendy digital media, TV, and publishing company that has captured the imaginations and financial support of former MTV chief Tom Freston, WME’s Ari Emanuel, WPP, and The Raine Group as well as comedian Bill Maher. Vice plans to use the cash and connections with Fox to expand overseas, especially India. “We get to make all the content we want? With the best platforms in the world? Grow our brand exponentially? Become the next global media brand? And all the while own the vast majority of the company and vote 95% of the board? Where-do-we-fucking-sign?!” Vice founder and CEO Shane Smith says. Vice was founded in 1994 as a music magazine, and now offers cutting edge news that critics say too often includes stunts. Supporters and critics feasted this year on Vice’s controversial effort to gain access to North Korea for its documentary series on HBO by arranging an exhibition basketball game featuring Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman and some members of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Financial Times, which broke the news of the investment, says that Rupert Murdoch ignited speculation that Fox might buy Vice last year when he said on Twitter that the company is a “wild, …
LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2013 – HBO has renewed the news magazine series VICE for a 12-episode second season, with debut set for 2014, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the revolutionary new media company of the same name, VICE smashes barriers of decorum to cover the kinds of stories often overlooked by mainstream media outlets.
“VICE’s fearless, irreverent style of news coverage has produced a uniquely provocative show,” noted Lombardo. “We look forward to more of their groundbreaking reporting in season two.”
VICE is expanding its current season from eight editions to ten editions and is devoting its entire June 14 season finale to the show’s recent week-long trip to North Korea. VICE founder and series host Shane Smith had previously reported from within North Korea on two occasions, but was barred from returning to the country because of his critical documentaries on the regime. Determined to return and chronicle the reclusive country under its new leader, Kim Jong-un, Smith sent a team of correspondents and a production crew, including VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, and three players from the Harlem Globetrotters on a cultural exchange in late February. VICE kicked off its season on April 5 at 11 PM. Viewership for the second edition of VICE, which debuted Friday, April 12, improved 78% over its premiere, attracting 931,000 viewers at 11 PM.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
HBO isn’t in the habit of doing traditional newsmagazine shows, and its new magazine Vice (premiering April 5) is like no series of its ilk that mainstream TV has ever seen. It’s sort of Rolling Stone-meets-The-BBC-meets-Real Time With Bill Maher. And it’s certainly not coincidental that Maher is an exec producer on the globe-trotting newsmagazine fronted by host Shane Smith. Vice is also the name of the media company that produces the show that practices a New Age-style journalism that Smith called “Immersionism” during an afternoon panel at TCA. “We have local stringers, we dress the part (of the locals), and we try not to be intrusive,” Smith explained. “We also try to be smart about it. We aren’t action junkies. We just try to get a good story. Being able to have smaller crews helps.” Smith’s Vice partner and exec producer Eddy Moretti, who joined him on the panel, stressed that the show isn’t like a traditional news crew in any way. They will hang out with story subjects for days before even beginning to record, to cultivate trust. “Because we come as storytellers, rather than journalists, we’re often welcomed into these communities. It gives us an access that allows us to tell a rich human story.”
The weekly news magazine — to be called VICE — will be hosted by Shane Smith, who co-founded VICE Media and helped to build it into a youth oriented multi-media entertainment company. Smith, Bill Maher, and VICE Chief Creative Officer Eddy Moretti will be executive producers and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria will be a consultant. They plan to showcase unusual but engaging stories from around the globe. For example, they’re already working on segments about Taliban child suicide bombers; North Korean slave labor camps; New York’s underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest. “VICE has emerged as a premier new media brand through a savvy combination of irreverence, smarts and fearlessness,” says HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “We are excited to offer a forum for their groundbreaking style of news coverage and look forward to a show that’s like nothing else on TV.” Last year former Viacom chief Tom Freston became a major backer of VICE Media.
NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2011) – Vice today announced it has formed major investment partnerships with some of the most influential leaders in the media business: Tom Freston, MTV Founder and former Viacom CEO; WPP, the world’s leading communications services group; and The Raine Group, a top media merchant bank. Vice Founder Shane Smith described the new partnership as an “unholy alliance that will ensure no other media company will ever stand a chance against Vice’s relentless onslaught.”
Vice also announced a strategic partnership with powerhouse talent agency William Morris Endeavor.
Freston, WPP, and The Raine Group will acquire seats on Vice’s board of directors. The company and its board will remain independently owned and controlled.
The set of partnerships strategically positions Vice to continue its transformation into one of the world’s leading youth media companies. Vice will leverage the new resources and relationships to aggressively expand globally, focusing on emerging markets such as Brazil, China, India and South Korea. Vice is in the process of building a network of international studios and creative facilities to produce and distribute content from directors, writers, artists and musicians.
Vice will also expand its news and sports divisions, increasing its coverage of international stories for a young audience. Additionally, Vice will continue establishing new digital channels and verticals with large brands.
Shane Smith said, “Vice has long been accused of having ambitions for total global domination. Today, we acknowledge the truth: we want the whole ball of wax. Sir Martin Sorrell and WPP, Ari Emanuel and
EXCLUSIVE: Platinum Studios, a producer of the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens, has joined forces with Andrew Lazar and Top Cow Productions to turn the Top Cow comic Vice into a live action feature film. Vice tells the story of hard-core teen felons who join the FBI’s Critical Response Unit as a way to clear their records. Their bad attitudes and formidable powers make them as dangerous as the bad guys they pursue. Top Cow president Matt Hawkins created the comic in 2005. Lazar will produce with Platinum Studios chairman/CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, and Randy Greenberg will be exec producer with Hawkins and Marc Silvestri.