Vice Media has expanded its British portfolio with the acquisition of a majority stake in Pulse Films.
The UK film, TV and digital production firm, which has produced various documentaries including When Bjork Met Attenborough and The Cruise Ship, was founded in 2005 by Thomas Benksi and Marisa Clifford.
The companies have worked together in the past on feature documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits.
They also formed a strategic partnership in 2013 to co-produce US-focused projects.
“Pulse are one of the few companies in the world that consistently produces content we admire,” said Andrew Creighton, Vice Media’s co-president.
“Thomas has built an incredible team and company based around making stories that have a point of view and style that actually move audiences.
“Vice’s acquisition of Pulse is a natural step in a relationship that has been enormously productive for both companies. We couldn’t be more excited to take our partnership to the next level.”
Vice, led by CEO Shane Smith (pictured), recently announced the launch of TV channel Viceland in the UK and Ireland, as well on pay-TV platform Sky. The channel will begin airing on Sky and Now TV in September.
Benski added, “This deal will bolster our respective commitment to create relevant, brave and popular films, TV shows and digital content.
“Leveraging our complimentary skills, talent and resources will not only amplify our output and reach, but provide us the resources and freedom to continue to grow while retaining our culture and identity.”