Shane Smith
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Canada

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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
  • Reality TV Impact
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Shane Smith: TV and Film Production Costs Don't Make Sense in the Digital Era

Shane Smith: TV and Film Production Costs Don't Make Sense in the Digital Era

This column is part of Variety's Broken Hollywood feature. For more execs and their opinions on the state of Hollywood, click here.I think the biggest issue for legacy media — both TV and film — is that it just costs too much money to develop a TV series or movie. And most of them don’t work. Then the one that works has to pay for the rest.If you look at film, distribution is pre-bought. If you’ve paid for the distribution, you...

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