10:15am PT by Rick Porter
Discovery+ Adds Vice Series to Nonfiction Roster (Exclusive)
Discovery+ is bolstering its roster of nonfiction series in the United States with some 90 hours of programming from Vice Media.
The streamer has acquired six series — Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, pro wrestling docuseries Dark Side of the Ring and its companion show After Dark, F*ck That's Delicious, Hate Thy Neighbor and Weediquette — that originally aired on the Vice TV cable channel (formerly Viceland) in a deal with Vice Distribution, which launched last year. They'll begin streaming on Discovery+ in April, with specific dates still to be determined.
"As we continue to build the definitive streaming service for nonfiction content, we are thrilled to partner with Vice on their acclaimed series," said Lisa Holme, group senior vp content and commercial strategy for Discovery. "These thoughtful, engaging shows perfectly complement our own original series and further reinforce that Discovery+ is home to the best real life stories."
In addition to a host of original shows, many of them based on existing Discovery Networks franchises, Discovery+ also has a deal with A+E Networks, under which a host of unscripted series from A&E, Lifetime and History run on the stream. The Vice Media deal is separate from that, although A+E Networks is majority owner of Vice TV.
"We are proud to bring these compelling, powerful and distinctive series to Discovery+, a platform which shares our commitment to and passion for premium nonfiction content," said Bea Hegedus, head of global distribution for Vice Media Group. "This partnership marks another milestone in our rapidly growing distribution business, as we continue to take Vice programming to even greater audiences around the world."