Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith had a conversation with Variety Co-Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wallenstein at the Variety Dealmakers breakfast on Wednesday. “In a way, Trump is fantastic for our business,” he said during the interview.
Wallenstein and Smith discussed Vice’s rapid international expansion. “We’re talking to some banks and we’re getting ready,” Smith said, adding that executives would present the case for an IPO at a scheduled company board meeting in January. “Next year is going to be a banner year and now is the time to do it.”
Linda Michaelson, a partner at Sheppard Mullin Entertainment, and Paula Murrell, the head of marketing and PR at ACF Investment Bank, stopped for a photo at the event at Spago in Beverly Hills.
Entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw with Variety Deputy Editor Peter Caranicas attended the Dealmakers breakfast.
Robert Hammer and Matthew Erramouspe, the co-chair of O’Melveny & Myers, were also in attendance.
Smith said the key to Vice’s global push was the introduction of the cable network Viceland.
Bank of America’s Daniel Timmons and Marissa Roman Griffith, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, were in attendance at Variety‘s Dealmakers breakfast on Wednesday.
Roadside Attractions co-president Eric d’Arbeloff and Jason Berman, VP of Mandalay Pictures, at the Dealmakers breakfast.
Justin Siegel, a founding member and co-managing partner of Parq Advisors, and Seth Cohen made an appearance at the Dealmakers breakfast.