nextMEDIA  and the Banff World Media Festival  are pleased to announce that youth media company and digital powerhouse VICE  will be presented the Award of Innovation at the Festival on June 11, 2013 at the annual Rockie Awards Gala. In addition to accepting the Award, both Suroosh Alvi & Shane Smithi will be hosting a one hour interview  at the Festival on Wednesday, June 12 which will explore how they have lead the company to such success and where they will take it in the future.
“We are proud to present the Award of Innovation to VICE for its work in creating a 21st century media company,” said Mark Greenspan, Executive Director of nextMEDIA. “From its origins as a magazine publication based in Montreal to a global media player, VICE is a leading example of how a media company can leverage its connection to a target audience, harness technology and brand integration to create a highly successful media organization.”
The Award of Innovation is a high-profile award, recognizing exceptional career achievement in shaping the media industry. Last year’s Award was accepted by Google’s Chief Business Officer – Nikesh Arora, previously accepted by Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.