Gunpowder & Sky

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We collaborate with both emerging and established talent to generate premium video content ranging from 90-second to 90-minute stories on all platforms.

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Psyched to announce that we are bringing a fresh new slate of audio series with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, home to music icons ...
11/16/2021
GUNPOWDER & SKY, ROC NATION PARTNER FOR PODCASTS

Psyched to announce that we are bringing a fresh new slate of audio series with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, home to music icons like Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=329224&title=GUNPOWDER-%2526-SKY%252C-ROC-NATION-PARTNER-FOR-PODCASTS

Van Toffler's Gunpowder & Sky has struck a multiyear partnership with Roc Nation to develop and produce a slate of podcasts. Roc Nation’s diverse roster of A-list talent in music...

“Unscripted content is buzzy, sticky, binge-able, cheaper and quicker to make than scripted...All of the streamers are h...
11/11/2021
After Bingeing on Dramas, Netflix and Rivals Target Reality TV

“Unscripted content is buzzy, sticky, binge-able, cheaper and quicker to make than scripted...All of the streamers are heavily underweight.”

Our CEO Van Toffler was featured in Bloomberg’s article on the rise of unscripted content and reality TV on streaming services.

Read the full article here:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-11/netflix-hbo-amazon-buying-up-reality-tv-shows-for-streaming-services

Netflix has grown into the world’s biggest buyer of unscripted programming. Its competitors are following suit.

How to cure heartbreak during the Diwali holidays? From the insanely creative minds of Surina Jindal, Melanie Chandra an...
10/29/2021
Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Kal Penn’s Holiday Films to Premiere in December on Comedy Central (TV News Roundup)

How to cure heartbreak during the Diwali holidays? From the insanely creative minds of Surina Jindal, Melanie Chandra and Sameer Gardezi alongside Kal Penn comes HOT MESS HOLIDAY. We’re so thrilled to partner with Comedy Central on this buddy comedy. Catch the debut during Comedy Central's “31 Days of Going Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 11th at 7 PM.

Comedy Central announced its annual 31-day holiday extravaganza, featuring two new movies: “A Clüsterfünke Christmas,” debuting Dec. 4, and “Hot Mess Holiday,” premiering De…

DUST is your one-stop shop for horror & sci-fi. We’re unleashing ALTER's entire catalog of all the best horror. Exclusiv...
10/11/2021
ALTER Content Now Available On the DUST App

DUST is your one-stop shop for horror & sci-fi. We’re unleashing ALTER's entire catalog of all the best horror. Exclusive originals. Cult classic favorites. Paranormal series. It’s all here, right on your DUST app. Make sure to visit ALTER to stay up to speed with all the freaky stuff we’ve got going on this month. Happy horror hunting!

https://www.watchdust.tv/alter

Get your scary short films on the go with a new page dedicated to some of the best voices in bite-sized horror.

We’ve added two new members to our G&S Team and we couldn’t be more excited. SVP of Documentary Features and Series, Joa...
10/11/2021
Gunpowder & Sky Bolsters Non-Fiction Team With SVP Hires

We’ve added two new members to our G&S Team and we couldn’t be more excited. SVP of Documentary Features and Series, Joanna Swickel and SVP of Unscripted, Art Lyons.

EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky, the company behind Hulu’s 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez and Discovery+’s Last Exit: Space documentaries, is expanding its non-fiction team. The company, which has …

"An endorsement for giving a damn about where you live." You can now own KID CANDIDATE on Blu-Ray, courtesy of our frien...
10/01/2021
Kid Candidate [Gunpowder & Sky]

"An endorsement for giving a damn about where you live." You can now own KID CANDIDATE on Blu-Ray, courtesy of our friends at Vinegar Syndrome!

Subscribers: This is NOT included in your subscription. If you'd like to purchase it, your 50% off SRP discount codes are:Yearly Subscribers = sub50 / Halfway Subscribers = sub50-halfYou can add most Partner Label, VSA, VSU or Peekarama title that falls within your subscribership to your cart with t...

Our CEO Van Toffler will be co-moderating the Producers Roundtable at The Wrap's annual business conference #TheGrill Se...
09/10/2021
The Grill 2021

Our CEO Van Toffler will be co-moderating the Producers Roundtable at The Wrap's annual business conference #TheGrill Sept. 29-30! For more info, visit www.thewrap.com/the-grill-2021/

Join WrapPRO for two days of distinguished programming with a focus on innovators across media, entertainment and tech defining the future of disruptive

"Who doesn’t want to see a John Hughes style take on the classic Cyrano D’Bergerac tale?" Celebrate the long weekend wit...
09/03/2021

"Who doesn’t want to see a John Hughes style take on the classic Cyrano D’Bergerac tale?" Celebrate the long weekend with IT TAKES THREE, now available to rent or own on your favorite digital platform. https://bit.ly/ItTakesThreeFilm

"Who doesn’t want to see a John Hughes style take on the classic Cyrano D’Bergerac tale?" Celebrate the long weekend with IT TAKES THREE, now available to rent or own on your favorite digital platform. https://bit.ly/ItTakesThreeFilm

We’re teaming up with Justin Hillian (The Chi), Rick Famuyima (Dope) and Showtime to produce a new series based on the 1...
08/27/2021
Showtime Orders ‘The Wood’ Comedy Pilot Based On Movie From Justin Hillian & Rick Famuyiwa

We’re teaming up with Justin Hillian (The Chi), Rick Famuyima (Dope) and Showtime to produce a new series based on the 1999 romantic comedy THE WOOD.

THE WOOD is an honest look at friendship and dating from the perspective of three young Black men born and raised in the gentrifying L.A. suburb of Inglewood.

Showtime has given a pilot order to comedy The Wood, based on the 1999 feature film, from Justin Hillian (The Chi, Snowfall), Rick Famuyiwa (The Chi, Dope) and Showtime sibling Paramount Television…

08/13/2021
IT TAKES THREE | Official Trailer HD

When the coolest guy in school discovers that the new girl sees through his popularity and good looks, he enlists the class nerd to add substance to his style. Check out the new trailer for the YA rom-com IT TAKES THREE, available on digital September 3!

Listen up! We’re partnering with Audible on two new podcasts - LIGHTERS IN THE SKY and SHELVED - that will explore epic ...
08/04/2021
Gunpowder & Sky Doubles Down On Music Podcasts With ‘Lighters in the Sky’ & ‘Shelved’ For Amazon’s Audible

Listen up! We’re partnering with Audible on two new podcasts - LIGHTERS IN THE SKY and SHELVED - that will explore epic gigs, unlikely collaborations, and untold stories from the most groundbreaking artists in music. Plus new episodes of WORDS + MUSIC, coming soon!

EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky, co-founded and run by former MTV chief Van Toffler, is laying down more tracks in the music podcast space with a pair of documentary series for Audible. The company …

Experience the immersive, inspiring AWAKEN in theaters for one night only! From EP Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) an...
08/02/2021

Experience the immersive, inspiring AWAKEN in theaters for one night only! From EP Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) and narrated by Liv Tyler, AWAKEN is a globe-spanning journey filmed in stunning 4K over 5 years and in 30 countries. Visit awaken.watchdust.com to find showtimes near you!

Experience the immersive, inspiring AWAKEN in theaters for one night only! From EP Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) and narrated by Liv Tyler, AWAKEN is a globe-spanning journey filmed in stunning 4K over 5 years and in 30 countries. Visit awaken.watchdust.com to find showtimes near you!

Excited to share that we are partnering with Miramax to develop THE MASSEUSE based on the DUST short directed by Tan Ce ...
07/14/2021
Miramax and Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust Team Up for Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Masseuse’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Excited to share that we are partnering with Miramax to develop THE MASSEUSE based on the DUST short directed by Tan Ce Ding! Stay tuned for more info on this thought-provoking sci-fi thriller.

Miramax and Gunpower & Sky’s science fiction label Dust are teaming up to develop the sci-fi thriller, “The Masseuse.” “We’re fired up that Bill Block and the Miramax te…

We're celebrating five years of DUST with a whole lot of special promotions and new content - incl. some beautiful claym...
07/09/2021
Kirk. Khan. Clay. You're Welcome.

We're celebrating five years of DUST with a whole lot of special promotions and new content - incl. some beautiful claymations from Joseph Brett. Keep an eye out for new ones each week!

This incredible Star Trek claymation clip celebrates the 5-year anniversary of the sci-fi site Dust.

Delighted to announce that we're partnering with the Jim Morrison estate to bring the poetry and artistry of the iconic ...
07/09/2021
New Jim Morrison Documentary Coming From Jam, Inc. and Gunpowder & Sky: Exclusive

Delighted to announce that we're partnering with the Jim Morrison estate to bring the poetry and artistry of the iconic The Doors' frontman to life in a new documentary. You can read more about it at Billboard!

Doors frontman Jim Morrison will be the subject of a new, feature-length documentary that will focus on the totality of his artistry.

"In a world of increasing consolidation, independent creators should be nurtured and amplified"Check out our CEO Van Tof...
07/08/2021
Van Toffler on Why the Indies Will Survive (Guest Blog)

"In a world of increasing consolidation, independent creators should be nurtured and amplified"

Check out our CEO Van Toffler's guest blog in The Wrap!

In a world of increasing consolidation, independent creators should be nurtured and amplified, Gunpowder & Sky CEO writes

Watch Hayden Pedigo make an unorthodox run for Amarillo city council after his spoof campaign video goes viral. KID CAND...
07/02/2021

Watch Hayden Pedigo make an unorthodox run for Amarillo city council after his spoof campaign video goes viral. KID CANDIDATE is now available on digital! https://bit.ly/KIDCANDIDATEfilm

Watch Hayden Pedigo make an unorthodox run for Amarillo city council after his spoof campaign video goes viral. KID CANDIDATE is now available on digital! https://bit.ly/KIDCANDIDATEfilm

We're thrilled to share that our latest production LAST EXIT: SPACE, from legendary filmmakers Werner and Rudolph Herzog...
06/30/2021
Exclusive: Discovery+ acquires Werner and Rudolph Herzog’s “Last Exit: Space”

We're thrilled to share that our latest production LAST EXIT: SPACE, from legendary filmmakers Werner and Rudolph Herzog, will stream later this year on discovery+! This out-of-this-world documentary will take you on a spectacular voyage across our planet and explore mankind’s push to colonize space.

Discovery+ has acquired Last Exit: Space, a documentary from Werner Herzog and his son, Rudolph Herzog, about mankind’s push to colonize space. The film promises to take audiences on a voyage ...

06/25/2021
AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA | Official Trailer HD

After 13 years of failing to get justice, a young man sets out for Honduras to find, capture, and deliver his father's killer to federal prison. Produced by Meredith Vieira and G&S, AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA is now available on digital.

06/23/2021
KID CANDIDATE | Official Trailer HD

Hayden Pedigo, a 24 year-old artist and musician in Amarillo, TX makes an unorthodox run for city council in a time when young Americans increasingly feel cut off from politics and traditional institutions. Available on Digital July 2nd.

Huge news! We’re thrilled to announce we’re bringing you even more amazing documentaries and docu-series with HBO Max an...
03/24/2021
Gunpowder & Sky Strikes First-Look Doc Deal With HBO Max & HBO

Huge news! We’re thrilled to announce we’re bringing you even more amazing documentaries and docu-series with HBO Max and HBO. Stay tuned!

https://deadline.com/2021/03/gunpowder-sky-first-look-doc-deal-hbo-max-hbo-1234720421/

EXCLUSIVE: HBO and HBO Max are eyeing more stories of larger-than-life rock stars and social issues with a first-look deal with Gunpowder & Sky. The two-year agreement will see the WarnerMedia …

Congrats to our YouTube series RELEASED for its renewal. Season 2 kicks off tonight, with featured artist PontiacMadeDDG...
03/20/2021
Demi Lovato & Sub Urban To Feature In Season 2 Of YouTube Music Series ‘Released’

Congrats to our YouTube series RELEASED for its renewal. Season 2 kicks off tonight, with featured artist PontiacMadeDDG. With upcoming episodes featuring Sub Urban, Demi Lovato, and more!

https://deadline.com/2021/03/youtube-released-season-2-demi-lovato-sub-urban-1234717343/

YouTube has renewed its music series Released for a second season. The new season will kick off with rapper DDG, with upcoming episodes featuring Demi Lovato and Sub Urban to follow. A revival of M…

01/26/2021
STUCCO - For Your Consideration

We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed short, STUCCO, is up For Your Consideration this awards season! Congratulations to Janina Gavankar & Russo Schelling and their talented team. Watch it now on ALTER

01/07/2021
Morgan Wallen on Released - Trailer

Morgan Wallen is featured on this week’s episode of our hit show #RELEASEDonYT! Tune in tonight at 11:45pm ET for an exclusive live performance of Sand In My Boots, only on YouTube.

12/17/2020
Paul McCartney on Released - Trailer

This week on our show #RELEASEDonYT, Paul McCartney is taking over with Chris Rock! Episode premieres tonight at 11:45pm ET, only on YouTube

We're excited to announce that our stranger-than-fiction revenge thriller, AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA, produced by ...
12/17/2020
‘After The Murder Of Albert Lima’ Set At Crackle In Screen Media Deal; Women’s Hoops Doc ‘The House That Rob Built’ Scores 1091 Pictures Deal – Film Briefs

We're excited to announce that our stranger-than-fiction revenge thriller, AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA, produced by Meredith Vieira, will premiere next year exclusively as the first Crackle original documentary!

https://deadline.com/2020/12/after-the-murder-of-albert-lima-crackle-release-date-the-house-that-rob-built-1091-pictures-1234657478/

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 …

12/09/2020
Miley Cyrus on Released - Trailer

Miley Cyrus gives an exclusive performance of Prisoner on this week’s episode of our show #RELEASEDonYT. New episodes air every Thursday on YouTube.

Sci-fi meets the world of sports. Our sci-fi label DUST is teaming up with Balboa Productions, helmed by Sylvester Stall...
12/01/2020
Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust Partners With Balboa Productions For Sci-Fi Sports Drama ‘Meshed’

Sci-fi meets the world of sports. Our sci-fi label DUST is teaming up with Balboa Productions, helmed by Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood, to develop and executive produce “Meshed”, a sci-fi sports drama to be written by Edward Ricourt (“Jessica Jones”).

https://deadline.com/2020/12/gunpowder-and-sky-dust-balboa-productions-sci-fi-sports-drama-meshed-1234635797/

EXCLUSIVE: 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 Mesh based on the…

Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez unpacks the life of polar...
11/16/2020
69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez

Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi 6ix9ine. Check out the latest Gunpowder & Sky original now on Hulu.

https://www.hulu.com/movie/69-the-saga-of-danny-hernandez-345025ec-5022-4cca-a5f7-d3870fce96b3

Part investigative documentary, part real-life gangster movie, this film unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69, aka 69, while chronicling his meteoric rise and fall from fame.

We are developing, under our sci-fi label DUST, “Moreau”, a sci-fi TV series that puts a modern spin on the classic nove...
11/12/2020
Gunpowder & Sky’s Dust Developing ‘The Island Of Dr. Moreau’ TV Series, ‘X-Men: First Class’ Scribe Zack Stentz To Write

We are developing, under our sci-fi label DUST, “Moreau”, a sci-fi TV series that puts a modern spin on the classic novel, “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, by H.G. Wells. Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class, Thor) is attached to write the series.

https://deadline.com/2020/11/gunpowder-and-sky-dust-moreau-the-island-of-dr-moreau-tv-series-zack-stentz-1234613038/

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-…

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Gunpowder & Sky is a fast growing independent global entertainment company, creating premium content unrestricted by format, as well as genre-specific destinations for the streaming generation.

Since its inception in 2016, Gunpowder & Sky has released more than 30 feature films and series, as well as hundreds of short films theatrically, on TVOD as well as in partnership with leading platforms such as HBO, Netflix, MTV, Hulu, Sky, Showtime, DirecTV, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and soon Quibi and HBO Max.

With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of more than 1500 titles. Notable films and series include The Little Hours, Cam, Hearts Beat Loud, Lords of Chaos, Her Smell, Tragedy Girls, Summer of 84, Villains, Hounds of Love, “50 States of Terror” and “Drawn and Recorded”.

With an audience of more than 50M monthly unique visitors, Gunpowder & Sky’s current streaming networks include DUST, a sci-fi brand that presents thought-provoking visions of the future; ALTER, a new horror brand that explores the human condition through warped perspectives; and CUT, an unscripted comedy brand that is home to “Truth or Drink” and “Grandmas Smoking Weed”. DUST, ALTER and CUT are presently distributed on HBO, Vizio TV, Comcast FLEX, Roku, YouTube, Facebook, AT&T, DirecTV, Sinclair, Samsung TV Plus and Instagram.

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Psyched to announce that we are bringing a fresh new slate of audio series with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, home to music icons like Rihanna and Alicia Keys. https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=329224&title=GUNPOWDER-%2526-SKY%252C-ROC-NATION-PARTNER-FOR-PODCASTS
“Unscripted content is buzzy, sticky, binge-able, cheaper and quicker to make than scripted...All of the streamers are heavily underweight.” Our CEO Van Toffler was featured in Bloomberg’s article on the rise of unscripted content and reality TV on streaming services. Read the full article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-11/netflix-hbo-amazon-buying-up-reality-tv-shows-for-streaming-services
Our heartwarming postmodern rom-com IT TAKES THREE is now streaming on The Roku Channel! Stream free: https://bit.ly/3jZ3AdM
A gripping, edge-of your seat story that highlights the extreme and urgent dangers that face our wartime allies left behind in Iraq and Afghanistan.
How to cure heartbreak during the Diwali holidays? From the insanely creative minds of Surina Jindal, Melanie Chandra and Sameer Gardezi alongside Kal Penn comes HOT MESS HOLIDAY. We’re so thrilled to partner with Comedy Central on this buddy comedy. Catch the debut during Comedy Central's “31 Days of Going Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 11th at 7 PM.
A special update for our horror fans. G&S is partnering up with Jeremy Passmore, “San Andreas” co-writer, New Line and Adam Goldworm for the upcoming environmental thriller THAW.
DUST is your one-stop shop for horror & sci-fi. We’re unleashing ALTER's entire catalog of all the best horror. Exclusive originals. Cult classic favorites. Paranormal series. It’s all here, right on your DUST app. Make sure to visit ALTER to stay up to speed with all the freaky stuff we’ve got going on this month. Happy horror hunting! https://www.watchdust.tv/alter
We’ve added two new members to our G&S Team and we couldn’t be more excited. SVP of Documentary Features and Series, Joanna Swickel and SVP of Unscripted, Art Lyons.
"An endorsement for giving a damn about where you live." You can now own KID CANDIDATE on Blu-Ray, courtesy of our friends at Vinegar Syndrome!
Our CEO Van Toffler will be co-moderating the Producers Roundtable at The Wrap's annual business conference #TheGrill Sept. 29-30! For more info, visit www.thewrap.com/the-grill-2021/
"Who doesn’t want to see a John Hughes style take on the classic Cyrano D’Bergerac tale?" Celebrate the long weekend with IT TAKES THREE, now available to rent or own on your favorite digital platform. https://bit.ly/ItTakesThreeFilm
We’re teaming up with Justin Hillian (The Chi), Rick Famuyima (Dope) and Showtime to produce a new series based on the 1999 romantic comedy THE WOOD. THE WOOD is an honest look at friendship and dating from the perspective of three young Black men born and raised in the gentrifying L.A. suburb of Inglewood.