Shane Smith

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Shane SmithOwner, CEO

Shane Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of VICE
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I'm Shane Smith, co-founder of VICE, a magazine I started in Montreal in 1994 that has since become a global company operating in 30 countries. I also went to North Korea twice, and starred in the VICE Guide to North Korea, which featured footage of my trip. Most recently I went to Liberia, a war-torn country in Africa plagued with heroin dens, teenage prostitution, and even cross-dressing cannibals; and then to the North Korean labor camps hidden in the forests of Siberia.

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Press

  • VICE Media Cranks Up News Operations 

    Vice has blasted off from scrappy origins as a culture zine out of Canada to an online juggernaut of provocative media whose coverage spans the world's affairs.

  • How $1.4bn VICE is Changing the Media Guard 

    Edwin Smith speaks to Shane Smith, the man who is is revolutionising the content business

  • Vice Media Uses Gonzo Sensibility to Win Online 

    When basketball star Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in May, it had all the hallmarks of VICE Media: crazy stunts with a serious agenda, unguarded answers to naive questioning, reporter and viewer left thinking "Did that just happen?".

  • Goal: Be Bigger Than CNN 

    Rapid growth in consumption of the company's online video--and in the willingness of sponsors to pay for access to those viewers--is one reason Smith is so wildly optimistic about the brand's future growth. He says that while it took VICE magazine 10 years to reach one million subscribers, it took the brand's website only one year to reach 10 million unique views per month.

  • Why is Shane Smith So Influential? 

    Smith masterminded a plan to film his HBO news show in North Korea by using Dennis Rodman as bait.

  • HBO Renews 'Vice' 

    HBO has handed a second season to "Vice," ordering 12 episodes for the newsmagazine's second run and slating them for 2014.

  • Financial Times Has Lunch With Shane Smith 

    Lunch with the FT is a simple format: eat, drink, talk and the FT pays the bill. When I explain this to Shane Smith, hard-partying co-founder and chief executive of Vice Media, his response lifts the spirits on a gloomy winter’s day in southern

  • Shane Smith: 'I want to build the next CNN with Vice - it's within my grasp' 

    From his Brooklyn offices, where he is courted by everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Google, Smith tells Tim Adams what drives his new brand of gonzo, daredevil journalism

  • Shane Smith, by Spike Jonze 

    As one of the founders of Vice magazine,  Shane Smith helped usher in the PABST-soaked golden age of hipsterdom and give a particular demographic wave of over-educated, underwhelmed twentysomethings their very own Rolling Stone. Now, with a new series on HBO and a 24-hour online news network in the works, he and his cohorts are vying to give them their 60 minutes and CNN too.

  • Forbes Profiles VICE 

    Shane Smith is trying to order drinks. It’s not going well. “There was a bottle of red wine that’s kind of like a rosé that they chill down,” the CEO and cofounder of Vice Media tells the waitress at a retro-chic Brooklyn cocktail lounge that doubles as his company’s after-hours conference room, his thoughts victim to a boozy, just completed trip to his company’s offices in India, Hong Kong and Japan. “You know what I’m talking about?”

Articles By Shane Smith

  • Siberian Slaves

    "You'll love Siberia. Everything is so close and the people are so nice."

  • Freedom Run

    The first time I went to Libya, in 2010, I was arrested just two days into my trip.

  • Sofex Was So-So

    "You know, it's weird, man. It's like everybody's real cordial with each other. But, at the end of the day, we're, like, buying weapons to destroy each other. I don't want to, like, sound liberal or anything

  • Afghanistan’s New Capitalism

    The first thing you notice on the flight from Dubai into Kabul is that the business-class section of the plane looks like it is populated straight out of central casting: large, heavily muscled men in their 40s wearing North Face gear as if it were standard government issue.

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