MIPTV: Viceland Launching in France with CanalPlus

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The channel will be available on subscription service Canalsat in the fall.

Vice Media's aggressive European expansion is picking up speed.

Following a partnership with French pay TV giant CanalPlus, announced on Thursday from MIPTV, the company's new Viceland channel is set to land in France. The channel — which launched in the U.S and Canada in February — will be available exclusively to Canalsat subscribers this fall.

The news comes just a month after Vice announced it had teamed with Sky to launch Viceland in the U.K. this September, and later expanded a deal with Greece-based broadcaster Antenna to set up hubs in seven Eastern European territories — including Russia — by the end of the year. Earlier this week, Vice appointed former Discovery exec Arjan Hoekstra to oversee the European expansion of the channel.

"We've been growing our production in France for the past several years preparing for a day like this — the chance to enter the French market with a 24-hour lifestyle channel, which prominently features domestic production," said Vice's chief creative officer and co-president of Viceland, Eddy Moretti.

"After launching Viceland in the U.S. and Canada in February — and later this year in the U.K. — it is a proud moment for the company that Viceland France, in partnership with CanalPlus, will be the first non-English-language version of the channel with many more to come. Vive la difference!"