GUNPOWDER & SKY IN THE NEWS

03.24.21

Deadline

Gunpowder & Sky Strikes First-Look Doc Deal With HBO Max & HBO

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03.01.21

SXSW

Kid Candidate World Premiere at SXSW 2021

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12.17.20

deadline

‘After The Murder Of Albert Lima’ Set At Crackle In Screen Media Deal

Screen Media has acquired U.S. digital rights to After the Murder of Albert Lima, a true-crime documentary thriller directed and produced by Aengus James and which counts Meredith Vieira among its executive producers. With the deal, it will be released as a Crackle Original in the first quarter of 2021.

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12.01.20

deadline

Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST Partners With Balboa Productions For Sci-Fi Sports Drama ‘Meshed’

Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi arm DUST has teamed with Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood’s Balboa Productions to develop the sci-fi sports drama series Meshed based on the short story by the same name by Rich Larson. Edward Ricourt (Jessica Jones, Wayward Pines, Raising Dion) is on board to adapt.

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11.20.20

indiewire

'69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez’ Review: Tekashi 6ix9ine Gets the Troubling and Tragic Doc He Deserves

Vikram Gandhi's surprise Hulu documentary about the provocative rapper doesn't break any news, but it's a sobering look at modern-day fame.

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11.12.20

deadline

Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust Developing ‘The Island Of Dr. Moreau’ TV Series, ‘X-Men: First Class’ Scribe Zack Stentz To Write

Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi label Dust is developing a modern take on the classic H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. The series will be titled Moreau and will be written by Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor, Rim Of The World, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

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10.12.20

deadline

Van Toffler, Susanne Daniels & Lyor Cohen Talk YouTube’s ‘Released’, A Reimagining Of MTV’s ‘TRL’

Van Toffler's Gunpowder & Sky teams up with former MTV colleague Susanne Daniels and Lyor Cohen to launch YouTube’s 'Released', a reimagining of 'TRL' for a new generation. The first episode features K-pop stars Blackpink.

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09.14.20

variety

Werner Herzog, Rudolph Herzog Team With Gunpowder & Sky on ‘Last Exit: Space’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Werner Herzog and his son, Rudolph Herzog, will partner with Gunpowder & Sky on “Last Exit: Space,” a new documentary examining mankind’s push to colonize space. Rudolph Herzog will direct, with Werner Herzog attached to executive produce the film, as well as narrate the picture in his inimitable German-accented growl.

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09.01.20

deadline

‘Chrysalis’: Corey Hawkins, Toni Collette, Lance Reddick & Haley Joel Osment Set For Season Three Of Dust Sci-Fi Podcast

Chrysalis charts an AI awakening to the destruction of the human race by an unknown alien species. Dust will drop the first two episodes in the 14-part season on September 16. You can check out the first trailer above.

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08.18.20

deadline

Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust, John Davis, Black Label Media Developing Feature Based On Korean Short ‘Time Agent’, ‘John Wick’s Derek Kolstad To Write

“The Dust team lives for amplifying the voices of diverse storytellers and when we first came across Jude’s short film, we knew we had something special,” said Eric Bromberg, General Manager of Dust.

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07.29.20

THEWRAP

UFC Doc ‘Origins of the Octagon’ From ‘Last Dance’ Producer Pinned by Gunpowder & Sky

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the worldwide rights to “UFC 1: Origins of the Octagon,” a documentary from the producers of “The Last Dance” about the beginnings of the pro mixed martial arts league UFC, it was announced Wednesday.

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07.01.20

rollingstone

St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson Announce New Audible Projects

St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson and Alanis Morissette will release new projects via Audible in a new deal between the audio company and Gunpowder and Sky. The collaboration will begin with St. Vincent’s project, St. Vincent: Words and Music, in which Annie Clark will chronicle her lyrics and music and reflect on her influences.

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06.26.20

vanityfair

Watch the Celebrity-Filled Fan-Film Version of The Princess Bride

What is this…? In The Princess Bride, a little boy played by Fred Savage asks this question when his grandfather, portrayed by Peter Falk, starts reading him the offbeat fairy tale. It’s also what fans may wonder when they hear that there’s now a new version of that 1987 movie, created in a deliberately awkward but charming way.

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05.06.20

deadline

Gunpowder & Sky Expands Exec Team With Anne Loder And Jason Goldberg; Vikram Gandhi, Geoffrey James Clark And Donny Tourette Ink Deals

Gunpowder & Sky is seeing some major growth. They are expanding their unscripted game with their newly announced Anne Loder the VP of Unscripted Development. Jason Goldberg has also been named as Director of Scripted Development.

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05.01.20

channel4

GUNPOWDER & SKY’S DUST EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL REACH LAUNCHING ON CHANNEL 4’s ON-DEMAND SERVICE, ALL 4

Gunpowder & Sky announced today that DUST, the leading sci-fi brand, is broadening its reach by launching this Saturday, May 2 on Channel 4’s on-demand service, All 4.

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04.28.20

deadline

Gunpowder & Sky, Circle of Confusion Form Joint Venture To Produce Sci-Fi & Horror Projects

Entertainment company Gunpowder & Sky has entered a deal with Circle of Confusion to develop and produce films and TV projects, which will be mined from writers, directors, and producers who have had their work released on Dust or Alter, Gunpowder’s sci-fi and horror brands, respectively.

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04.22.20

variety

‘Divergent’ Writer Sets Thriller Series ‘Horror Accidental’ at Quibi (EXCLUSIVE)

Evan Daugherty, who is best known for penning blockbuster fare like “Divergent” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” is taking a crack at the short-form thriller format. Quibi is developing “Horror Accidental,” a “terrifyingly addictive” psychological thriller anthology written and directed by Daugherty.

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04.03.20

slashfilm

’50 States of Fright’ Trailer: Sam Raimi and Quibi Are Ready to Scare You

We are in April now, which means the dawn of Quibi is almost upon us. The streaming service is devoted to short-form content – 5 to 10-minute episodes that you can quickly watch on your phone. Some of the programs Quibi has lined-up seem…odd, to say the least (there’s one show where chefs get shot in the face with food cannons).

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03.17.20

syfy

DAN STEVENS SOARS IN EXCLUSIVE DUST: FLIGHT 008 PODCAST TRAILER/CLIP

After SYFY WIRE exclusively debuted its first season's trailer, the top-rated DUST podcast is coming back with a new anthology premise and plenty of stories to tell. Whereas DUST Horizons brought new and classic radio dramas to life, season two — Flight 008 — has a common thread linking its sci-fi stories.

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03.10.20

fastcompany

The 10 most innovative video companies of 2020

The streaming wars are finally upon us, which has led to a full flowering of tech and other programmatic innovations to stand out or power others seeking to compete in this new landscape.

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02.09.20

ew

Sophie Turner fights to Survive in intense Quibi series teaser

Quibi released the first teaser for another of its “Movies in Chapters,” starring Turner and Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins. The pair play Jane and Paul, the only survivors of a plane crash on a remote snow-covered mountain, who must rely on each other as they battle brutal conditions and personal traumas to make it back to civilization.

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11.22.19

hollywoodreporter

Sci-Fi Series 'Alt' Set at Gunpowder & Sky's Dust Platform

The drama stars 'The Haunting of Hill House's' Catherine Parker as a woman searching for her missing father. Gunpowder & Sky's sci-fi platform Dust has begun production on a series called Alt.

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11.21.19

variety

‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ Lead Spirit Awards Nominations

Female lead nods went to Karen Allen for “Colewell,” Hong Chau for “Driveways,” Elisabeth Moss for “Her Smell,” Mary Kay Place for “Diane,” Alfre Woodard for “Clemency” and Renée Zellweger for “Judy.”

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10.24.19

deadline

Gotham Awards Nominations: A24’s ‘The Farewell’, ‘Uncut Gems’, Netflix’s ‘Marriage Story’ Lead Way

Nominations for the 29th Gotham Awards, the annual indie-heavy honors from the Independent Filmmaker Project, were unveiled Thursday morning, marking the sort of unofficial kickoff to the movie awards season.

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10.23.19

deadline

Quibi Adds Hip-Hop News Show From Gunpowder & Sky And Complex To Daily Essentials Slate

Quibi, Gunpowder & Sky and Complex Networks are teaming on a daily curated news show about the hip-hop industry and culture that will be part of the upcoming short-form video site’s Daily Essentials programming.

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10.11.19

syfy

EXCLUSIVE: DUST HORIZONS PODCAST EMBARKS ON A TRIPPY JOURNEY INTO SPOKEN-WORD SCI-FI

If you’ve had your radar up lately for the more esoteric side of science fiction — you know, the kind of thing you aren’t likely to get from a basic cable subscription or even from a healthy menu of streaming services — you probably already know about DUST, the boutique sci-fi brand from Gunpowder & Sky that’s been serving up a curated collection of original content on multiple platforms since first debuting back in 2016.

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10.03.19

variety

Rachel Brosnahan to Star in Quibi Horror Anthology Series

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” herself Rachel Brosnahan is the latest to get in on the act, signing on to star in a horror anthology series at the short-form content platform titled “50 States of Fright.”

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09.06.19

CORDCUTTERSNEWS

Sci-Fi Channel DUSTx Expands to More Platforms in US and UK

Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi brand DUST announced today that its sci-fi channel, DUSTx, will now be available to an even larger audience. The channel is launching on additional OTT platforms, including Comcast FLEX, Vizio TV and Sling TV, as well as on Samsung TV Plus in the UK, serving sci-fi fans in the UK for the first time.

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09.04.19

variety

Gunpowder & Sky’s Van Toffler, Floris Bauer on Making Movies for Millennials

Gunpowder & Sky co-founders Van Toffler and Floris Bauer knew that the entertainment landscape was shifting under their feet. Younger consumers were cutting the cable cord in favor of streaming services or YouTube shows, and they were going to fewer movies in the theaters.

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06.12.19

The Hollywood Reporter

Amblin Picks Up ALTER Short Film 'The Blue Door'

Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Partners picked up the ALTER exclusive short film THE BLUE DOOR. Van Toffler and Floris Bauer of Gunpowder & Sky will executive produce the feature film version of the BAFTA-nominated short film.

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06.11.19

TheWrap

Inside Gunpowder & Sky’s Growth to 50 Million-Plus Monthly Viewers

“It’s a great time to be an independent premium content provider,” co-founder Van Toffler says. Van Toffler and Floris Bauer’s Gunpowder & Sky is seeing rapid growth as an independent studio with a focus on genre-oriented content — and a broad approach to both platforms and running times.

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05.09.19

Variety

Lil Peep Documentary ‘Everybody’s Everything’ Bought by Gunpowder & Sky

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired worldwide rights to the Lil Peep music documentary “Everybody’s Everything.” The film, directed by Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan, premiered at South by Southwest in March. Gunpowder & Sky will release the film later this year.

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04.18.19

Variety

SXSW Comedy Thriller ‘Villains’ Acquired by Gunpowder & Sky, MoviePass for U.S. Release

The film stars Bill Skarsgård (“Deadpool 2,” “It”) and Maika Monroe (“It Follows,” “The Fifth Wave”) as a pair of amateur criminals who break into a suburban home. There they stumble on a dark secret that the two sadistic homeowners — played by Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT’s “The Closer”) — will do anything to keep from getting out.

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01.18.19

Entertainment Weekly

Rory Culkin is a real-life black metaller in murderous Lords of Chaos trailer

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, Lords of Chaos details the bizarre and tragic tale of the Norwegian black-metal scene of the early ’90s, and you can get a taste of the movie’s harrowing nature in a just-released trailer.

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12.04.18

DEADLINE

‘Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson’s ‘Demon Golf Ball’ Still Bouncing

The sci-fi channel Dust and the USC School of Cinematic Arts are partnering for a showcase of student short films, including the 1996 student short made by Rian Johnson, the future writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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11.05.18

DEADLINE

DUST EXPANDS ITS SCI-FI REACH WITH NEW PLATFORMS, NEW HIRES

Gunpowder & Sky, the content studio, is expanding the reach of Dust, its science-fiction channel, with platform launches this month on Twitch, STIRR (the new Sinclair streaming service), NBC’s WatchBack and Vizio.

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10.04.18

THE WRAP

Elisabeth Moss Drama ‘Her Smell’ Lands at Gunpowder & Sky

Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the domestic rights to Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” starring Elisabeth Moss, the content studio announced Thursday.

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10.01.18

SCIENCEFICTION.COM

EXCLUSIVE: See The Trailer For ‘Esperanto,’ The Newest Episode Of Sci-Fi Series ‘Glimpse’ On Facebook Watch

ScienceFiction.com is proud to exclusively present the poster and trailer for the newest episode of DUST and Futurism’s streaming series, ‘Glimpse.’

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09.25.18

DEADLINE

Sam Raimi Brands Katzenberg’s NewTV Series '50 States Of Fear'

Sam Raimi will be the architect of one of the early entertainment content shows for NewTV, the new short form venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg. Van Toffler and Gunpowder & Sky will produce alongside Tony DiSanto who developed the project through DiGa Studios.

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09.17.18

VARIETY

Pedro Pascal’s ‘Prospect’ to Launch in Theaters From Sci-Fi Dust Label (EXCLUSIVE)

Gunpowder and Sky’s sci-fi label Dust will launch adventure “Prospect,” starring Pedro Pascal, Sophie Thatcher and Jay Duplass, on Nov. 2 at Regal theaters nationwide.

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08.08.18

VARIETY

Gunpowder & Sky to Launch DUSTx, Free Sci-Fi Streaming Channel on Roku

Content studio Gunpowder & Sky is launching a free-to-stream channel on Roku devices for DUST — its content division dedicated to edgy sci-fi entertainment — stocked with films, TV shows and original short films.

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07.24.18

VARIETY

Netflix Buys Fantasia Festival Thriller ‘Cam’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix is getting a head start on festival season by acquiring the thriller “Cam.” “Cam” was one of the big winners of the festival, taking home awards for best first feature and best screenplay.

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06.18.18

SCREEN ANARCHY

Exclusive Trailer: BAD PETER, Chilling Sci-Fi Short

Impressive at Tribeca a couple of months ago, Zach Strauss’s near-future short Bad Peter now gets a trailer. We’re excited to debut it here, ahead of Thursday’s bow of the film itself on DUST.

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05.30.18

deadline

SeriesFest Unveils Initial Lineup, Sets World Premiere Of NBC Drama ‘New Amsterdam’

Gunpowder & Sky's "Breakarate" will make its world premiere at international television festival, SeriesFest, on June 26.

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05.23.18

DEADLINE

Sky Arts Acquires ‘Sounds Like Home’; ‘Vera’s On The Case For Season 9 – Global Briefs

Sky Arts has acquired Sounds Like Home, an inspirational documentary from Gunpowder & Sky about the power of music in connecting refugee voices and international artists from across the world.

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05.15.18

C21MEDIA

GUNPOWDER PLOTS SERIES WITH FLORIDA TEAM

Gunpowder & Sky, the US studio launched by Viacom veteran Van Toffler, is partnering with the creators of feature film The Florida Project on a single-camera scripted comedy series for TV.

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05.07.18

variety

Gunpowder & Sky Buys Global Rights to ‘Prospect’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gunpowder & Sky will release the film theatrically in the U.S. later this year through its sci-fi label Dust. Independent will handle sales outside the U.S. The London-based sales firm will screen the film for buyers in Cannes.

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03.21.18

variety

Sundance Favorite ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Scores Summer Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)

“Hearts Beat Loud” will open in limited release on June 8, Variety has learned exclusively.

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03.01.18

fastcompany

Gunpowder & Sky named as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2018

The company takes a holistic approach to marketing, working across social media on clever activations that serve as their own form of entertainment in order to drive awareness of a project.

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01.26.18

Variety

'Rock Steady Row,' 'Mr. Fish' Win Top Slamdance Awards

“Rock Steady Row” won the grand jury narrative feature award and the audience narrative feature award... "’Rock Steady Row’ is a shining star in genre, young adult themes, and ‘save the day’ filmmaking,” the jurors said.

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01.26.18

Bloody Disgusting

"Summer of '84" Hits Nostalgia Sweet Spot

Summer of ‘84 effectively created a creepy tone of paranoid kids before there was internet or cell phones to help them find answers.

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01.25.18

The Hollywood Reporter

Sundance: Nick Offerman's Music Movie 'Hearts Beat Loud' Goes to Gunpowder & Sky

Gunpowder & Sky is tuning up a deal to acquire North American rights to the music-filled dramedy Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman.

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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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05.24.17

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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