Vice Media has signed a multiyear deal with Verizon Communications to produce a slate of exclusive programming for the company.
The shows will be available on Verizon’s mobile-first platform and include an original series, shorts and biopics from across the globe.
The Brooklyn-based Vice highlighted a new interview series that will premier on Verizon called “Autobiographies,” which will take audiences “deep into the lives of some of society’s most interesting, high-profile personalities.” It did not reveal names of the subjects.
The company said it would also give Verizon access to a selection of videos from its digital channels that cover a broad range of topics, from culture and food to travel and tech.
“The media landscape is experiencing a seismic shift in storytelling, audience, immediacy and platforms,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition at Verizon. “Vice is connecting with an entire generation in a way that no one else is and Verizon will connect consumers to Vice in a way that no one else does by combining Vice’s storytelling with the most compelling mobile video platform.”
Verizon’s copresident James Schwab said of the deal: “It’s part of our commitment to push the boundaries of video distribution across all platforms; mobile is key to the emerging brave new world of video distribution, and with deals like this we are making sure we are staying at the bleeding edge of innovation in that space.”
This isn’t the first recent headline-grabbing deal for either media company.
In May Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion in a deal that would add a digital content component to the company. For its part, Vice has inked a host of media deals, including the expansion and extension of its HBO partnership in March.