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Vice Media is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to develop, produce and distribute work from emerging directors drawn from the Vice network.
December 9, 2014

Vice Media is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to launch Vice Films, a joint venture that is to develop, produce and distribute work from emerging directors drawn from the Vice network.

Each company will contribute resources to the label, with plans to produce at least two films internally each year. According to a release, Fox will bring “its best-in-class global film development, production and distribution capabilities in all media,” while Vice will oversee the creative development and global marketing, and contribute its international network of digital channels.

As part of the projected distribution model, the films are to receive both theatrical and digital releases. Moreover, Vice will have a first-look production deal with 20th Century Fox that will allow the company to develop “larger budgeted films.” Similarly, Fox will also be able to develop material based on Vice’s library of content.

The label is said to be the “brainchild” of 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Vice CEO Shane Smith and chief creative officer Eddy Moretti, though it will be Moretti who will head Vice Films.

Meanwhile, Vice executive creative director Danny Gabai will helm development and oversee creative on production and marketing, while Sanford Panitch, president of Fox International Productions, and Salil Mehta, president of content management, will oversee Vice Films for 20th Century Fox.

Vice previously co-produced the skateboarding doc All This Mayhem and the narrative film Fishing Without Nets, and is also distributing the forthcoming Iranian drama A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

“Vice Films is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Vice,” said Moretti in a statement. “The success of Fishing Without Nets, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and All This Mayhem showed us that we can play a vital role supporting exciting, bold, and visionary filmmaking.

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