HBO's News Series VICE Debuts April 5 on HBO Canada

    --  VICE-led delegation, including Dennis Rodman, members of the
        Harlem Globetrotters and production crew, met with Kim Jong-un
        before thousands of North Koreans at basketball game last week

TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - VICE, a new weekly series from HBO, premieres 
Friday, April 5 at 11 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus 
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network 
(Eastern Canada), day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Featuring groundbreaking 
stories from around the world, VICE is hosted by Shane Smith, founder of the 
new media company of the same name, and is executive produced by Bill Maher, 
Smith and Eddy Moretti, VICE's chief creative officer. CNN's Fareed Zakaria 
serves as a consultant on the series.

Hosted by Smith and two VICE correspondents - former intern Ryan Duffy and 
"Dos & Don'ts" book editor Thomas "Baby Balls" Morton - VICE promises to smash 
barriers of decorum to cover stories such as out-of-control political 
assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has 
swept Senegal, and the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir.

Last week, VICE led a team of "Basketball Diplomats" to Pyongyang, North Korea 
to engage in a cultural exchange mission. VICE series correspondent Ryan 
Duffy,NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and select members of the Harlem 
Globetrotters filmed segments for the series including a widely publicized 
basketball game attended by Rodman and supreme leader of North Korea Kim 
Jong-un. Other activities during the trip included visits to national sites 
and monuments, the Pyongyang Skate Park, and the national animation 

About VICE
Founded in 1994 by Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi and launched as the "Voice of 
Montreal" in MontrealQuebec, VICE now operates in 34 countries worldwide and 
attracts tens of millions of viewers and readers to its network of online 
channels dedicated to music, fashion, travel, news and sports. VICE's 
international digital platforms and magazine are Gen Y's most popular and 
entertaining source for news, part of a global media powerhouse that also 
includes a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative 
services agency and a book-publishing division.



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(Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO 
Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for 
which HBO is known, together with new and never-before-seen programming 
including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes 
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media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty 
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