HBO has secured a four-year deal with Vice that will take the network’s coverage of current events to new levels in what may very well be its most expansive content deal to date. “Shane and the Vice team have produced some of the most groundbreaking and dynamic journalism anywhere,” said Richard Plepler, CEO and Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming in a joint statement.
In its most expansive content deal ever, HBO has closed a four-year pact with Vice that will dramatically increase the network’s current events coverage. The deal includes the launch of a daily Vice newscast, consisting of five half-hour shows per week, 48 weeks a year. The deal also extends the Vice series through 2018, increasing from the current 14 episodes to 35 episodes a year. It also includes a four-year commitment for an increased number of Vice-produced specials, totaling 32 through 2018. Additionally, a Vice-branded channel on the HBO NOW streaming service will provide instant access to Vice content for HBO subscribers. The partnership builds off the success of the Vice series on HBO, which received the Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special last August.