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Update: VICE Media India appoints heads for video and content

Update: Speaking to MediaNama, Pragya Tiwari also said that she will be heading editorial functions for VICE in India and as such, VICE does not have an editor-in-chief and follows a similar structure in other countries as well. She added that the editorial team will be small, to begin with.

Meanwhile, Tweets suggest that VICE is looking to build its editorial operations through freelancers and is looking for stories from Hindi and English writers.

Earlier: VICE Media has roped in Pragya Tiwari as head of content for its India operations and Samira Kanwar as head of video production. Tiwari and Kanwar confirmed their appointments via a Tweet yesterday.

Tiwari is a veteran journalist and writes on politics and policy, culture and cinema. She was web editor for Tehelka Magazine from 2010 to 2012. She is also editor-in-chief of The Big Indian Picture, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Kanwar was a content director at Only Mouch Louder (OML) and previously was CEO of Babble Fish Productions, the video division of OML. She also worked as a producer and director at Channel [V] India.

VICE Media is entering India through a partnership with the Times Group’s Times Bridge. The two joint ventures will be formed between the companies with one for television and the other for digital. A news bureau and production house will be opened in Mumbai to create original content for distribution across television, mobile, digital, among other platforms. The partnership will also launch a television brand VICELAND as paid TV network in India.

VICE Media was supposed to start its India operations in Q1 of 2017 but it looks like it is still delayed. However, we did find a URL which asks for a login and password for VICE India. MediaNama has reached out to the Times Group for more details on VICE India launch date.

Vice Media also has other channels such as Noisey (music and reviews), Motherboard (technology news), Thump (for electronic music and culture), The Creators Project (a channel which covers a mix of creative arts and technology) and Fightland (a channel on mixed martial arts). It also has a TV documentary series on HBO which focuses on an immersionist style of documentary film making.

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