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Gunpowder & Sky adds MTV alum

US producer Gunpowder & Sky has hired a former MTV Films exec to lead production of movies, shorts, series and specials for all platforms.

David Gale

David Gale is joining the LA-based prodco as VP of development and production. His arrival will see him reunite with Gunpowder & Sky CEO Van Toffler, who stepped down as president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group after 28 years with parent Viacom to launch Gunpowder & Sky in 2016.

Gale is currently co-founder and CEO of media brand We Are the Mighty, a multiplatform entertainment brand focused on the military community. Previously executive VP of MTV Films, MTVX and MTV New Media, he will join Gunpowder & Sky on June 1.

Toffler said: “David and I worked together first at MTV Films, seeking breakthrough young filmmakers and writers like Alexander Payne, Shonda Rhimes, Justin Lin, Jared Hess, Craig Brewer and Rick Famujiya, to name a few, who have all continued to push boundaries in film.”

The pair launched an original digital content division while at MTV, creating content such as Jackass 2.5 and shorts for the digital relaunch of animation brand Liquid TV.

At MTV Films, Gale, along with Toffler, released iconic movies such as Election, Napoleon Dynamite,Varsity Blues, Hustle & Flow, The Longest Yard, Tupac: Resurrection and The Original Kings of Comedy.

“He’s got killer taste, he’s a champion of novel storytelling, he has unequalled passion and he has the respect of the creative community. And, damn, if he isn’t one of the finest humans I’ve ever met in my life,” Toffler gushed.

Gunpowder & Sky’s most recent deal saw it partner with screenwriting duo Nora Kletter and Grainne Belluomo to adapt Cristin Terrill’s novel Here Lies Daniel Tate into a feature film.


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