6.1.17 - DEADLINE
GUNPOWDER & SKY TEAMS WITH INDIGENOUS MEDIA ON “SOCIAL-FIRST” 4-FILM DEAL
Gunpowder & Sky has inked a deal with Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet’s digital studio Indigenous Media to co-develop, co-produce and co-distribute four films designed to be first distributed on social platforms. Gunpowder & Sky Distribution will handle marketing and distribution for the movies created in the pact.
5.29.17 - TUBEFILTER
GUNPOWDER & SKY TAPS FORMER ENDEMOL EXEC TO OVERSEE JUST-OPENED INTERNATIONAL HQ
If there’s one person who knows about the digital business space it’s Gunpowder & Sky’s Gunpowder & Sky has tapped former Endemol Shine Beyond U.K. exec Randel Bryan to serve as the managing director of its brand new international division. Bryan’s hire arrives at the same time that the one-year-old digital studio has opened its international headquarters in London.
5.11.17 - VIDEOINK
GUNPOWDER & SKY MOVES 1980’S THRILLER “SUMMER OF ‘84” INTO PRODUCTION
As Gunpowder & Sky continues its push to define itself as the modern day studio, the company has announced a new series addition to its slate — “Summer of ‘84” — a 1980’s thriller in production with Brightlight Pictures.A horror-thriller, feature-length project, “Summer of ‘84” landed a spot on 2016’s Blood List, a collection of the best “dark’ screenplays as selected by industry peers.
5.3.17 - TUBEFILTER
DAREDEVIL ZACH HOLMES TO STAR IN ‘JACKASS’-STYLE PROJECT FROM FORMER MTV EXEC’S STUDIO
On YouTube, Zach Holmes has starred in enough over-the-top stunts to catch the attention of Steve-O, the daredevil who made a nickname for himself as part of the Jackass crew. Now, Holmes’ antics have caught the eye of another man with ties to the Jackass franchise. Gunpowder & Sky, the studio co-founded by former Viacom exec Van Toffler, has teamed up with Holmes for a project called Too Stupid To Die, which it is currently shopping.
4.11.17 - VARIETY
DOCUMENTARY ‘RAISING BERTIE’ GETS EARLY SUMMER RELEASE FROM GUNPOWDER, KARTEMQUIN
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution and Kartemquin Films are teaming for the theatrical and digital release of Margaret Byrne’s documentary “Raising Bertie,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Raising Bertie” is a six-year portrait of three African American boys growing into adulthood in rural Bertie County in eastern North Carolina, exploring complex relationships between generational poverty, educational inequity and race. The film follows Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell through disappointments, heartbreak and triumphs.
3.17.17 - LOS ANGELES TIMES
AN MTV PIONEER LOOKS TO REMAKE MEDIA - AND HIMSELF -FOR THE YOUTUBE GENERATION
The former MTV executive Van Toffler walked through the West Los Angeles offices of Gunpowder & Sky, the digital startup he co-founded, allowing his eyes to linger on a pet dog, beanbag chairs and the millennial coders.
“It’s nice to be back making stuff again,” he said...
2.15.17 - INDIEWIRE
‘BETTING ON ZERO’ TRAILER: CONTROVERSIAL DOCU-THRILLER EXPOSES HERBALIFE AS PYRAMID SCHEME
Gunpowder & Sky has released the first trailer for “the film they don’t want you to see.” Writer/director Ted Braun (“Darfur Now”) tells the story of controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman, an activist investor on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Meanwhile, Herbalife executives claim Ackman is a market manipulator out to bankrupt them and make a killing off his billion dollar short.
1.26.17 - DEADLINE
GUNPOWDER & SKY ACQUIRES SUNDANCE PIC ‘THE LITTLE HOURS’
The Sundance Film Festival deals keep coming. Gunpowder & Sky has made one for low-seven figures for The Little Hours. Written and directed by Life After Beth helmer Jeff Baena, the film revolves around a young servant fleeing from his master who takes refuge at a dysfunctional convent in medieval Tuscany. Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon star.
1.12.17 - DEADLINE
GUNPOWDER & SKY CONTINUES EXPANSION, ACQUIRES SUPERGRAVITY
Gunpowder & Sky has acquired Supergravity Pictures. The deal comes after G&S made a strategic investment in the film and TV studio in July 2015 to create an equity financing and co-production relationship on film projects. The tie-up now will look to produce, market and distribute series and films directly to global audiences.
11.20.2016 - SPOTIFY
SPOTIFY LAUNCHES NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “DRAWN & RECORDED” WITH ACADEMY AWARD WINNER AND 13-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER T BONE BURNETT
Today, Spotify is launching its newest original series, Drawn & Recorded, featuring Academy Award winner and 13-time Grammy®-Award winning producer, artist and songwriter, T Bone Burnett. Drawn & Recorded is animated by Drew Christie, partly written by music journalist and producer Bill Flanagan, and produced by former head of MTV/VH1 and CMT, Van Toffler, under new digital content studio Gunpowder & Sky.
11.17.2016 - MULTICHANNEL NEWS
‘DUST’ GOES OVER-THE-TOP WITH SHORT-FORM SCI-FI
Add “Dust” to a growing group of multiscreen services that is focused on short-form sci-fi fare from both emerging and established filmmakers. Dust, a service from Gunpowder & Sky, is launching today across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and the web.
9.20.2016 - VIDEOINK
GUNPOWDER & SKY BUYS DISTRIBUTOR FILMBUFF AS VISION FOR GLOBAL STUDIO
What does a global studio for the digital age look like? According to Floris Bauer, co-founder and President of Gunpowder & Sky, it looks quite a lot like a Hollywood studio — owning production, marketing and distribution. And so, G&S has acquired FilmBuff, a global distributor helmed by Janet Brown, to serve as its distribution division aptly “Gunpowder & Sky Distribution.”
9.16.2016 - THE WRAP
GUNPOWDER & SKY BEEFS UP EXECUTIVE TEAM WITH HIRES FROM YOUTUBE, MTV
David Harris, formerly vice president of development at MTV’s digital-focused arm, MTV(other), will be vice president of development. Meerkat’s Laura Prangley will join him on the development as director. Ryan Nugent, formerly global head of creator trends and research, will be the new VP of content strategy. Lotte van der Veer will be G&S’ business development manager.
3.9.2016 - VARIETY
VAN TOFFLER’S GUNPOWDER & SKY INVESTS IN VIRAL-VIDEO STUDIO SHAREABILITY
Gunpowder & Sky — the newly formed digital-focused studio co-founded by Van Toffler, former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music Group — has invested in and struck a development partnership with Shareability, a startup specializing in branded viral videos.
2.10. 2016 - VIDEOINK
MEET CUT — GUNPOWDER & SKY’S FIRST BIG VIDEO INVESTMENT
It’s been just under a month since Otter Media, the co-venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, announced the formation of Gunpowder and Sky (G&S), a new digital studio headed by Viacom’s Van Toffler and Otter’s Floris Bauer. And now the subsidiary has made its first investment in short-form video production shingle “Cut”, the company’s Series A. Comcast Ventures has also invested in the round, which is said to help “Cut” scale production and expansion to other platforms.
1.13.2016 - VARIETY
VAN TOFFLER LAUNCHES DIGITAL STUDIO BACKED BY CHERNIN GROUP, AT&T
Van Toffler, a creative force at MTV and Viacom for nearly three decades, is funneling his energy into producing content for the digital-first generation. Toffler, former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music Group, has teamed with Floris Bauer, previously global head of strategy at Endemol, and Otter Media — the digital joint venture between Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group and AT&T — to form Gunpowder & Sky, a studio focused on cutting-edge entertainment for millennial audiences.