A&E Networks and VICE are joining forces. The media company will rebrand their H2 network and hand over the proverbial keys to VICE. The joint venture was announced on Tuesday, and, according to THR, the two companies are close to finalizing the deal which would bring VICE Channel to the masses in early 2016:
Vice likely will have editorial control of the channel, which is targeted to launch early next year and will feature Vice’s signature documentary programming. The pact will give Vice its first stand-alone linear channel amid a growing portfolio of digital destinations including the female-targeted Broadly, which is set to launch this spring.
The announcement comes on the heels of HBO’s own expanding partnership with VICE. Last month, the cable channel increased the series order which will have their VICE news series airing five nights a week, 48 weeks a year. As well, a VICE-branded channel will be available on the network’s HBO Now streaming service.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)