Spike Jonze

How Viceland plans to reinvent what a cable network means in the 21st century

Viceland, the new cable network, is a very chill place. Ellen Page saw that personally when she got a job there almost by accident.

"Spike's a really good friend of mine, and I was literally crashing at his place in New York right before starting a movie," the 29-year-old star of "Juno" and "Inception" said, referring to Spike Jonze, director of such millennial touchstones as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Her."

"And he said, 'Oh, we're looking to launch a TV network, so if you have any TV ideas, let me know," she added. Within a couple of days she texted a pitch to Jonze, who's in charge of programming for the...