12.08.17

Deadline

Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera To Star In ‘Eat, Brains, Love’

Jake Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Angelique Rivera (American Crime), and Sarah Yarkin (American Horror Story) have been tapped to star in the indie comedy, Eat, Brains, Love, the Rodman Flender-directed film adaptation of Jeff Hart’s zombie road trip novel. In addition, Jim Titus, Patrick Fabian, Ty Headlee, Kristin Daniel, and Kym Jackson round out the cast.

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12.04.17

Deadline

George Lucas' Short "Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138" To Digitally Premiere on DUST

Gunpowder & Sky's sci-fi brand DUST has announced that it will digitally premiere George Lucas' 1967 student short film, Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. The short will make its premiere on Dec. 11 to align with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - a franchise that started as a brainchild of Lucas.

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12.04.17

Variety

Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup

Women's issues and black lives matter in diverse lineup of independent films that speak to contemporary concerns.

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12.04.17

Deadline

Slamdance Sets 2018 Competition Lineup, Inaugural Russo Fellowship Award

The Slamdance Film Festival announced its feature film competition lineup for the 24th festival edition along with the inaugural Russo Fellowship award from fest alumni Anthony and Joe Russo. The festival takes place January 19-25, 2018 in Park City.

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11.09.17

Variety

Nine YouTube Red Originals Roll Off Exclusive Status Under New Distribution Pact

YouTube Red soon may no longer be the only place you'll be able to watch nine original films and series - which until now have been exclusively available on the subscription service. Gunpowder & Sky, an indie studio and distribution company, has secured a worldwide distribution partnership for nine films and series from YouTube Red.

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07.31.17

Variety

Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand’s ‘Tragedy Girls’ Gets 2017 Release Date

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired rights to horror-comedy “Tragedy Girls,” starring Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand, for release to theaters later this year. The film, which debuted at SXSW, follows two death-obsessed teens played by Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) and Brianna Hildebrand (“Deadpool”) who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small midwestern town into frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.

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07.07.17

Videoink

How Gunpowder&Sky Stole the Box Office with Nun-tastic Film “The Little Hours”

“The Little Hours’” performance can be co-credited to great talent and content but also to savvy marketing, promotions and advertising leading up to the its release as Gunpowder & Sky activated the businesses its invested in — Cut.com and Shareability. Combined, the film, which G&S acquired at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, serves as an early signal that Gunpowder & Sky has its finger on the pulse of what a modern-day studio model looks like.

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07.02.17

Deadline

‘THE LITTLE HOURS’ BLESSED IN DEBUT

Gunpowder & Sky’s The Little Hours debuted this weekend with two standout engagements at the Specialty box office. The medieval nun rom-com easily owned the weekend among the newcomers, grossing $61,650 in a pair of theaters.

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06.01.17

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.

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05.29.17

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.

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05.24.17

Deadline

GUNPOWDER & SKY TEAM WITH MANDALAY SPORTS MEDIA FOR SPORTS-HORROR TITLE ‘LUCKY NUMBER’

Gunpowder & Sky has teamed with sports content and media outfit Mandalay Sports Media to create sports-themed horror titles, with Lucky Number the first project to come out of the partnership.

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05.09.17

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.

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05.03.17

Tubefilter

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.

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04.11.17

Variety

‘RAISING BERTIE’ 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.

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03.17.17

The 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...

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02.15.17

Indiewire

‘BETTING ON ZERO’ TRAILER: 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.

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01.26.17

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.

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01.12.17

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.

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11.20.16

Spotify

SPOTIFY'S NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “DRAWN & RECORDED” WITH ACADEMY AWARD WINNER & 13-TIME GRAMMY® 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.

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11.17.16

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.

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09.20.16

thevideoink

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.”

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09.16.16

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.

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03.09.16

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.

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02.10.16

thevideoink

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.

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01.13.16

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.

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