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Code/Media Is Going to Be Even More Awesome, Because Vice's Spike Jonze Will Be There, Too

He has made your favorite movies, videos and TV shows. Now he's launching a network.

Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

This month’s Code/Media conference is going to be great, because it’s jam-packed with the most interesting people at the intersection of tech and media.

But we were looking at the lineup and we realized we didn’t have an Academy Award-winning writer, director, actor and cultural force on the agenda yet.

Now that’s fixed: Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg and I are very pleased to announce that Spike Jonze will be joining us onstage in a couple of weeks.

Jonze has plenty to talk to us about, since he has made some of the most interesting movies of the last couple decades — “Her,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich” — as well as some of your favorite videos. Jonze also co-created the so-dumb-it’s-awesome Jackass TV and movie series, and helped found Dirt and Grand Royal, two of the coolest, if short-lived, magazines of the 90s.

Oh. Also: He’s creating a TV network, too.

Jonze is a longtime creative director at Vice Media, and now he’s helping CEO Shane Smith program Viceland, the company’s cable network scheduled to launch this month. (UPDATE: A Vice press release now informs us that Jonze is a co-president at Viceland. “It’s a pretty crazy moment for us that someone’s giving us a TV channel,” Jonze says.)

And since Smith is already slated to join us onstage, why not have Jonze come on, too?

So there you go. Spike Jonze, Shane Smith and many, many more amazing speakers, all gathering on Feb. 17 and 18 in Laguna Niguel, Calif., for candid, insightful, unscripted interviews about the future of the media business.

Only one thing can make that better: You can join us there. See you very soon.

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