Developing a television show is also very different from developing a web series. Michael Lombardo, the president of programming at HBO, said the network had worked very closely with Vice to shape the newsmagazine show into something it felt could build an audience on television. The conversations were not always easy, he said.
"When you're in the digital space and you're looking for clicks the idea is to just be noisy," he said. "That impacts not only the subjects of your story but the way you tell a story. It's different when you have someone sit down to a half-hour or hour show."
Last week, the talks over Vice's future moved from Brooklyn to Cannes, the site of an annual international media conference that attracts many of the world's biggest companies. Vice rented three villas for the occasion, and, hosted a couple of big parties. One had been scheduled for a French strip club, but the guest list grew so long that it had to be moved to a more conventional location, the Palais des Festivals.
—By Jonathan Mahler and Ravi Somaiya, New York Times