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Viceland developing series with Timoner, Tyler The Creator

The six-month-old cable net has greenlit the docuseries Jungletown with Ondi Timoner (pictured), and is working with Tyler, The Creator and Whalerock Industries on a series based on the rapper's Golf Media App.
August 31, 2016

Viceland is prepping a late-night talk show and developing series with director Ondi Timoner and rapper Tyler, The Creator.

The six-month-old cable network’s first crack at late-night will be Desus & Mero, a nightly show hosted by Bronx natives Desus Nice and The Kid Mero from the podcast The Bodega Boys and the web series Desus vs. Mero. The show will debut in October.

Series in development include one from Tyler, The Creator and Whalerock Industries based on the rapper’s Golf Media App. Launched in 2015, the subscription-based app gives users access to “Tyler and his brain without restrictions and bullshit.” Its content includes music videos, interviews with celebs and series called The Shane ShowThe Jellies and Illegal Civilization.

Viceland is also developing the docuseries Jungletown with We Live In Public and Brand: A Second Coming helmer Ondi Timoner (pictured) and her company, Interloper Films. The two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner will embed herself with an entrepreneur and a group of idealistic students and staff members who have built a sustainable town in Panama called Kalu Yala (“Sacred Land”).

“She captures the conflict and catharsis that comes when their dream of a ‘sacred land’ collides with the reality that they are in the middle of the jungle and must make everything they need, literally building something from nothing – from basic shelter to a functional community,” the network said in a statement.

Additionally, Viceland has ordered second seasons of Huang’s World, featuring chef Eddie Huang, and States of Undress with writer and model Hailey Gates.

The Vice Media and A+E Networks-owned network launched in the United States in February. Its programming is headed up by long-time Vice partner Spike Jonze and chief content officer Eddy Moretti, who serve as co-presidents of the 24-hour lifestyle and entertainment channel. In April, the channel recruited Adult Swim exec Nick Weidenfeld as president of programming.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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