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HBO and Vice expand their partnership into a nightly newscast and more
In what HBO is calling its most expansive programming deal ever, the premium cable network signed a wide-reaching partnership extension with Vice this week.
The new deal includes: The "Vice" daily newscast, a 48-week-per-year half-hour nightly news program, the weekly series, which has been expanded from 14 to 35 episodes per year and extended for four years, and 32 Vice-produced specials through 2018.
"Shane [Smith] and the Vice team have produced some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic journalism anywhere. From the front lines in the Ukraine, to the icebergs of Antarctica and the streets of Ferguson, Vice news has helped illuminate and expand our understanding of an increasingly complex world. This extension of the HBO/Vice relationship, which will include more shows, more documentaries and even a Vice daily newscast, is a natural evolution of our partnership. All of us at HBO couldn’t be more excited working with the Vice team and helping to tell the stories which define our world," blurb Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, and Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
Smith adds, "This deal, simply put, allows Vice the freedom to go after any story, anywhere we find it – and to do so with complete independence. This deal is a tremendous gift and a tremendous opportunity, and we at Vice realize this."
That's a lot of Vice.