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VICE India hires Pragya Tiwari as content head and OML’s Samira Kanwar as head - video

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MUMBAI: Last year, the global news industry’s disrupter Shane Smith’s VICE Media announced a joint venture with the Jains' Times of India group. And, after that, there was silence from Shane and his gang of alternative newsmen.

But, apparently some progress has been made by Shane and Jay Rosenstock, if one goes by the buzz online.

Pragya Tiwari, a film maker, and former web editor of Tehelka, who recently got a masters degree in public administration from the London School of Economics, recently updated her Twitter profile stating that she is the editor-in-chief of VICE India. 

And she tweeted: “Good people, @VICE is coming to India! If you'd like to work with/write for us email me on indiapitches@vice.com. Also, pls spread the word?"

In response to the flood of applications and queries, she said that she had been appointed as the content head of VICE India and was looking for writers in Hindi and English.

Tiwari’s Linkedin profile states that she is a “Freelance writer and journalist" and that she writes on politics, policy and culture for many different Indian and international publications. She is also the editor-in-chief of The Big Indian Picture as well as creative director of balconytv.com, which she will leaving to others to run.

VICE India has also snared former Only Much Louder (OML) content director Samira Kanwar as the head of Vice - video.  The lady has oodles of experience having worked for  Channel [V] as a director/producer and as the CEO of OML division Babble Fish Productions.

“Rosenstock and Shane have been big admirers of the work that Vijay Nair’s OML team produce,” says a media observer. “Hence, it is no surprise that they roped in Samira.”

Tiwari has tweeted saying that VICE India is looking for journalists in Delhi and Mumbai – having both text and video journalism experience.  Not just full timers, but even freelancers.

And, she has further tweeted that VICE’s Indian version will launch soon.

Also Read:

Vice Media to build largest OTT platform, expand to 80 markets by early '18

VICE to launch digital service with ToI Group 1Q 2017

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