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Showtime Pulls ‘Vice’ Episode on Ron DeSantis

Showtime quietly pulled an episode of its Vice newsmagazine last week — one that featured a report on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ time as a U.S. Navy lawyer serving at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The episode, the fourth in Vice’s fourth season, had been slated to air May 28. Showtime pulled the […]

Vice Media, Writers Guild East Reach New Contract Deal

Vice Media and its Writers Guild of America East-affiliated union have reached a new three-year contract agreement that consolidates four previously separate contracts. Vice Media’s 160-person bargaining unit has voted to ratify the contract. The agreement, which the guild announced on Friday and said was a “landmark” deal, raises minimum salaries to $63,000 by the […]

Showtime Talent Calls on Vice CEO to Reach “Fair and Equitable” Contract With Guild Writers

Ziwe, Desus Nice, The Kid Mero, Lilly Wachowski and other Writers Guild of America East members that work on Showtime titles are calling on Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc to reach a “fair and equitable” contract with the union. The new Vice contract, which is currently in its last days of scheduled negotiation, will consolidate […]

Vice Media Union to Top Execs: Severance Terms for Laid Off Staffers Are “Unconscionable”

The Vice Media union’s labor management committee has requested the company improve its “unconscionable” severance terms for the 17 staffers at Vice Digital and Refinery29 who were laid off in late August. In a letter sent to top executives, including Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc, this week, the committee demanded that the media company increase its […]

Vice Raises $135M in Funding From James Murdoch Firm, Existing Investors

Vice Media’s dreams of going public appear to be on hold for the time being, with the company choosing instead to raise $135 million from some of its existing investors, including James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, TPG and TCV, as well as Sixth Street and Antenna Group. The cash infusion will be used “to fund its […]

Vice Media Union Calls Layoffs “Macabre Annual Ritual” Amid Pivot to Video Strategy

After 17 staffers at Vice Digital and Refinery29 were laid off on Thursday, the Vice Media and Refinery29 unions decried the staff cuts as “a macabre annual ritual” at the company and took aim at the media company’s recent “pivot” in strategy to focus on videos and visual storytelling. “We have worked in this industry […]