Shane Smith (journalist)

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Shane Smith
Shane-Smith.jpg
BornShane Smith
(1969-09-28) September 28, 1969 (age 45)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian-American
Alma materLisgar Collegiate Institute
Carleton University
OccupationJournalist
Known forVICE co-founder
Net worthIncrease USD $400 million (2012)[1]
 
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Shane Smith
Shane-Smith.jpg
BornShane Smith
(1969-09-28) September 28, 1969 (age 45)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian-American
Alma materLisgar Collegiate Institute
Carleton University
OccupationJournalist
Known forVICE co-founder
Net worthIncrease USD $400 million (2012)[1]

Shane Smith (born 1970) is an Emmy Award-winning Canadian journalist and web entrepreneur.[2] He is the co-founder and CEO of the international media company VICE Media, 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.


Early life[edit]

Shane Smith was born in Ottawa, Canada to Irish immigrants. He attended the Lisgar Collegiate Institute and later graduated from Carleton University with a degree in political science.[citation needed]

Career at VICE Media[edit]

Main article: Vice Media, Inc.

Smith founded VICE along with Suroosh Alvi and Gavin McInnes as the youth magazine Voice of Montreal in 1994. After initially publishing print articles based on offbeat alternative culture, VICE moved to creating news content and social criticism on multiple media platforms in the mid-2000s. Smith remains an owner of the company, and The New York Times has described Smith as "a cross between a punk rocker and Fortune 500 Executive".[2]

As a journalist Smith has traveled to locations such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Liberia, and Greenland, initially for the 2006 online TV series VICE Guide to Travel.[2] In April 2013 VICE started a new series with HBO, Vice, where Smith and other VICE news reporters travel to places such as Afghanistan; Kashmir, India; Athens, Greece, and Spain. Stories have covered the use of depleted uranium arms by the U.S. military, to street warfare between Anarchists and Fascists during riots in Europe. On June 13, 2013, HBO announced a second season.[3]

In 2009, The Daily Caller reported Shane's appearance on the Charlie Rose TV show where Smith said VICE had an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,[4] that he had edited the interview that day and where Smith invited Rose to "come see it."[5] Rose surmised from the statements, that VICE had an "interview of some substance."[4] Smith said the interview would air in the last episode of VICE that year.[6] VICE never actually aired an interview with Kim Jong Un,[4] and in 2014, Smith told the New York Times "we did interview him, but we didn’t get it on camera," adding "we were supposed to get the footage from the North Korean television agency, but they didn’t give it to us."[7]

According to The Daily Caller, "in May 2007, Smith told Patrick Sisson in a Playboy interview that he was a wartime reporter for Reuters in Bosnia" and had also written for the Budapest Sun.[4] Reuters and the Budhapest Sun had no records to substantiate the claims.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Smith currently resides in Tribeca, New York with his wife, Tamyka, and his two daughters Martina and Piper. Forbes estimates his net worth to be at $400 million.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  2. ^ a b c Alex Williams (16 August 2010). "A Wild Man Grows Up (Just Enough)". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "HBO Renews ‘VICE’ For Second Season". Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "VICE founder, famous for truth telling, has history of lies". The Daily Caller, Charles C. Johnson, 7, 03, 2014. 
  5. ^ "VICE Is Sitting on a Blockbuster Exclusive Interview With Kim Jong Un". Gawker, John Smith, 6/17/13. 
  6. ^ "Why Is Vice Hiding Its Kim Jong-un Interview?". The Wire, Connor Simpson, June 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vice’s Shane Smith: ‘Have We Unleashed a Monster?’". New York Times, March 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ Forbes
  9. ^ Kamenetz, Anya. "Most Innovative Companies - Media". http://www.fastcompany.com/. Mansueto Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Dumenco, Simon. "Vice Is No. 9 on Ad Age's Magazine A-List". http://adage.com/. Advertising Age. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Dumenco, Simon; Toure, Malika. "Ad Age's Magazine A-List: Vice Media is Publishing Company of the Year". http://adage.com/. Advertising Age. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Harrison, Lily. "014 Environmental Media Association Awards: Nominees for the EMA Digital Video Award Announced!". http://ca.eonline.com/. E! Entertainment Television, LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.emmys.com/. Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences http://www.emmys.com/shows/vice |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Bazilian, Emma. "How Shane Smith Built Vice Into a $2.5 Billion Empire 2014 Brand Genius winner for media". http://www.adweek.com/. Adweek. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vice Media’s Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit". http://www.knightfoundation.org/. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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