A Media Leadership Conference from

Shane Smith

Shane Smith

Founder and CEO,
VICE Media

Shane Smith is the founder and CEO of VICE, the global youth media brand. One of the industry’s most respected visionaries, Smith is also a critically acclaimed journalist, and the host and executive producer for the Emmy nominated news series, VICE, on HBO. 

Under Smith’s guidance, VICE, initially launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, has expanded and diversified to become the world’s leading youth media company; operating an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency, a book-publishing house and a feature film division.

VICE's video content covers news, culture, music, technology, sports and fashion from a unique perspective tailored towards a young international audience often ignored by mainstream media. To syndicate VICE’s content globally, Smith established a network of content distribution partnerships with leading platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Youku, CNN and others. VICE’s online presence has since exploded, with its network of channels reaching hundreds of millions of viewers a month. 

Smith has reported from the world's most isolated and difficult places, including North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir and Liberia. In 2013, Smith executive produced and hosted the Emmy nominated news series titled VICE on HBO that features VICE correspondents reporting from across the world.

Smith graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, with a BA in English Literature and Political Science. He enjoys cold white wine and long, bubbly baths—preferably in tandem.