CEO and Co-Founder , Gunpowder & Sky
Van Toffler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Gunpowder & Sky, a digital-first global studio dedicated to creating and distributing video content independent of form, genre or platform. Toffler is the former CEO of Viacom Media Networks Music & Logo Group. During his 28 year tenure at MTV/Viacom, Toffler instigated and oversaw some of the most vibrant cultural moments and creative brands in history. Under his leadership, he helped take MTV around the world to be the most valuable youth media brand, launched MTV Films, MTV Digital, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits & Jams, Palladia, VH1 Classic, VBS and Logo.
Additionally Toffler oversaw the creation & production of a diverse slate of content from Beavis and Butthead to The Real World, the VMAs & Movie Awards, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors, the CMT Awards, The Osbournes, Punk’d, Jackass, Unplugged, Crossroads and Catfish, as well as social campaigns like Choose or Lose, Hope for Haiti and VH1’s Save the Music. He also produced/executive produced a slate of novel, irreverent and sometimes even Oscar nominated films such as Election, Napoleon Dynamite, Hustle and Flow, Bad Grandpa and Blades of Glory. He supervised the creation of a slew of digital content from $5 Cover directed by Craig Brewer, Inside Joke by Michael Che, Rock Band, Urge and VBS – a partnership with Vice.