Shane Smith
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Canada
2018

Vice Media

Shane
Smith

Founder / Executive Chairman

Faced with complaints of pervasive bro culture at Vice and a reported $100 million revenue shortfall in 2017, Smith stepped down in March from his post as CEO in March and handed the reins over to Nancy Dubuc, who until that point had been former CEO of A&E Networks, boasting in typical outlaw style that they would be a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde as they took everyone’s money. While Dubuc handles the big corporate picture, onetime punk rocker Smith, now named executive chairman, laser-focuses on content development and strategic dealmaking — not a small task given that the millennial-focused company encompasses a network of digital outlets, a TV studio, feature film and books divisions, an in-house creative services agency and the cable channel Viceland.

Career

  • AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
  • JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND
  • VICE NEWS TONIGHT

Education

  • Carleton University (Canada)
  • Lisgar Collegiate Institute (Canada)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Reality TV Impact
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Hot Docs director of programming Shane Smith, who is a juror at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, thinks audiences today have a growing hunger for documentary films, at a time when a wide range of fests and platforms have made the movies more accessible and the form’s storytelling capabilities are more essential than ever before.“We’ve never had more information in our lives, but at the same time we’ve never had less insight into what’s…really going on,” he says. “Those...

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