VICELAND to Launch on CANALSAT in France


CANNES: VICE Media and CANAL+ Group have entered into a partnership that will see the channel VICELAND become available exclusively to CANALSAT customers when it launches in France this fall.

VICELAND will feature original lifestyle and culture content for young viewers that will include brand-new VICE-produced French programming covering people, fashion and culture. The 24-hour channel will be programmed, developed and produced entirely in-house by VICE’s creative team, and the channel will be exclusively available to CANALSAT customers via their basic TV subscription packages either live, on-demand or on-the-go.

Oscar-winning film director Spike Jonze serves as co-president of VICELAND and oversees the development of the new channel, including show creation, production and brand identity. VICELAND launched in the U.S. and Canada in February and is due to launch in the U.K. and Ireland in September. The channel features hundreds of hours of original programming, including Gaycation with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, Huang’s World with Eddie Huang, Noisey with Zach Goldbaum, F*ck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson, Weediquette with Krishna Andavolu, Balls Deep with Thomas Morton and more.

Eddy Moretti, VICE’s chief creative officer and co-president of VICELAND, said: “We’ve been growing our production in France for the past several years preparing for a day like this—the chance to enter the French market with a 24-hour lifestyle channel which prominently features domestic production. After launching VICELAND in the U.S. and Canada in February—and later this year in the U.K.—it is a proud moment for the company that VICELAND France, in partnership with CANAL+, will be the first non-English-language version of the channel with many more to come. Vive la différence!”

Jean-Marc Juramie, the managing director of CANALSAT, added: “We are very excited to be partnering with VICE, one of the most inspiring and engaging brands among a whole generation—and beyond. We believe VICELAND’s incredible storytelling and programming will bring a new audience to CANALSAT, showing that Millennials are eager to watch TV like anyone, provided that we offer them content they like. We’re proud that the partnership will see CANALSAT bring VICELAND exclusively to French audiences.”

The launch of VICELAND on CANALSAT follows the announcement last month that VICE France will become a joint venture between VICE Media and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes (LNEI)—independently controlled by VICE Media—to expand the presence of the youth brand across online, mobile and linear.