Co-founder Shane Smith discussed the company's future plans at Digital Content NewFronts convention
Kanye West is reportedly in talks with Vice Media to helm a show on their new TV channel.
Speaking at the Digital Content NewFronts convention in New York on Friday (May 1), Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith discussed the company’s future plans. As The New York Times reports (via Fact), Vice are set to launch their own cable channel on A&E Networks, a television group owned by Disney. The announcement was “expected last week”, say the NY Times, but has not yet been confirmed.
it is rumoured that Vice are in talks with rapper West about potentially having his own show on the network, although no additional details on that project have been reported. It is also believed that the company is developing a show with actress Ellen Page, describing it as a ‘Gaycation’ travel show.
It isn’t the first time Vice have ventured into the medium of television. It currents produces a half-hour show for HBO, with a deal with the channel lasting until 2018.
Over the weekend, Kanye West announced that he was changing the title of his upcoming new album. West had previously been planning on calling the record ‘So Help Me God’, later having a change of heart.
Taking to Twitter last Sunday (May 3), West made the surprise announcement that he’s instead naming the record ‘SWISH’, though has reserved the right to change it again if he so desires: “I’m changing my album name to SWISH,” he wrote. “I might change it again but that’s the name now.”
A tracklisting and release date has yet to be announced, though possible songs to feature on ‘SWISH’ include ‘All Day’, ‘Wolves’ and the Paul McCartney collaboration ‘Only One’.
Meanwhile, West was recently voted one of the world’s most powerful people by Time magazine and made two cameo appearances at Coachella last month, first joining The Weeknd on stage before later surprising fans during Stromae’s set.