The multifaceted media company Vice is bringing their hard hitting documentaries to your home screen through HBO. You may not know that Vice is responsible for sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea to wine and dine with their dear leader Kim Jong un as part of their upcoming docuseries that will premiere on HBO. The docuseries will feature stories that are overlooked by the mainstream media. The first episode alone will feature footage of failed suicide bombers in Afghanistan and a rogue gun market in the Philippines.
“It has to be a good story, it has to be interesting,” says Vice co-founder and host Shane Smith “It doesn’t have to be blood and guts and guns.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of blood and guts anyways.
Vice made its debut as a company in the 90’s when it ran a risqué magazine, but has since branched off into multiple different mediums, including a record label, a video division, a popular Youtube channel and a fashion magazine, with bureaus in 34 countries.
Smith says that although they aim to bring provocative and interesting stories to their viewers, they do have some limits. “We don’t want to die,” says Smith, who has had to canceled three trips to Somalia in the past because of safety concerns. “The first time we went we were going over from Yemen and a crew was shot at the day we were supposed to arrive.”
The docuseries has a crew that counts Bill Maher as an executive producer and CNN’S Fareed Zakaria as a consulting producer. Vice premiers this Friday, April 5th, at 11 p.m. on HBO.