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Vice acquires Pulse Films to bolster their programming capabilities


March 2016


Digital media and content

Deal Type


Our Role

Sell side & fundraising

About Pulse Films

Pulse Films is an award-winning modern-day studio encompassing the development, production, financing and distribution of cross-platform content for audiences worldwide. Pulse’s “artist first” mantra has allowed the company to build a thriving talent management component to the business that completes its holistic approach to content creation.

About VICE Media

VICE was launched in 1994 as a ‘punk zine’​ and has since expanded into a leading global youth media company with bureaus in over 30 countries. VICE operates the world’s premier original online video destination, VICE.COM, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a magazine, a record label, an in-house creative services agency and a book-publishing division.

About the deal

Vice Media acquired a controlling stake in Pulse Films to bolster Vice’s programming capabilities across linear, digital and mobile. Vice and Pulse first partnered on the film “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” which received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. This led to the forging of a strategic partnership in the U.S. between the companies the following year.

Our work

We advised the management and shareholders of Pulse Films on their sale of a majority stake to Vice Media.

The assistance and advice we received from WY Partners were crucial to successfully closing the deal.

Sam Sniderman


Pulse Films




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