ESPN is venturing into Viceland, agreeing to a partnership that will see Vice Sports produce new original series that will air exclusively on ESPN properties while select films from ESPN’s doc series 30 for 30 will air on the new cable channel Viceland. Other deal points include short-form animated series, select Vice Sports series including original episodes of The Clubhouse running across ESPN’s linear and digital channels and digital cutdowns of the Viceland series VICE World of Sports running on ESPN properties.
“Growing up watching ESPN I came to love the brand and their content. Maybe a little too much. The amount of manly tears shed over various 30 for 30’s throughout the years has been nothing short of embarrassing,” said Shane Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, VICE Media. “To be teaming up with ESPN, creating brand new sports shows for them, and then showing 30 for 30’s on Viceland is perhaps one of the favorite moments in my professional life. I can now die a happy man. No, wait, we have to take over the world first! Here it comes baby, Vice World of Sports!!”
“Evoking manly tears from Shane Smith is no small task, and I take immense pride in that,” said John Skipper, President, ESPN, Inc. and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks. “Shane and the team at Vice do an extraordinary job presenting stories through their own, very unique lens and working with them will help to bring a new perspective to our storytelling. I am confident that the content borne out of this collaboration will be a win for fans of ESPN, Vice and storytelling in general. And I applaud Shane for understanding that television is the smartest path to worldwide leadership.”