Millennial-focused Vice Media is expanding in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of a new production hub in Singapore.
The content and commercial space will offer a studio for local documentary, scripted and film content production, and provide creative services through Vice Media’s creative agency Virtue Worldwide.
Hosi Simon, Vice global general manager, has been named the new CEO of Vice APAC and will relocate to Singapore to Vice’s new regional headquarters.
Simon (pictured) takes up his new role after serving as global general manager of Vice Media for more than a decade. During his tenure, he oversaw the strategy, growth and operations of the company’s digital global assets, including Vice owned and operated channels, publishing and large-scale brand partnerships and mobile and OTT platforms.
Announced earlier this year, Vice India will launch in 2018 in partnership with Times of India Group, which allows Vice to produce and distribute local programming for online, mobile and linear platforms.
The offices in Mumbai and Delhi will have full-scale operations, including a content studio producing scripted, film, news and culture content from India for television, SVOD, OTT and digital.
Vice has also expanded its partnership with the regional telecommunications company DOCOMO Digital in Japan to bring its content to Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand with further territories to be announced.
In Indonesia, the youth-focused company remains in close partnership with Jawa Pos TV which will air branded Viceland blocks as well as Vice News Tonight episodes and digital content in primetime slots beginning this month.
Vice has operated in the Asia Pacific region since 2003, and currently has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Jakarta.
“We believe there is a huge opportunity for Vice to build out a deeply relevant, highly local, youth media company across the Asia Pacific region,” said Simon, in a statement.