Gunpowder & Sky to produce animated music docuseries

Van Toffler's content studio has partnered with Oscar-awarded producer T Bone Burnett, acclaimed animator Drew Christie and music television producer Bill Flanagan to develop the animated docuseries Drawn & Recorded (pictured).
May 2, 2016

Van Toffler’s latest venture, the content studio Gunpowder & Sky, has partnered with Oscar and Grammy-awarded producer T Bone Burnett, acclaimed animator Drew Christie and music television producer Bill Flanagan (Storytellers, Crossroads) to develop the animated docuseries Drawn & Recorded (pictured).

Narrated by Burnett, the series will recount little-known music history lore featuring such icons as Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong and Blind Willie Johnson, as well as current rock and hip hop stars. The series will look to uncover true stories from each musician that touch upon the creation of legendary recordings, chance artist meetings, untimely deaths and freak occurrences that altered the course of modern music.

The series will be directed by Christie and produced by Gunpowder & Sky’s Van Toffler, alongside Flanagan.

Drawn & Recorded is currently in production with a distribution platform announcement to be made in the forthcoming weeks.

Gunpowder & Sky – which is dedicated to creating and distributing video content independent of form, genre or platform – was recently launched by Van Toffler, former president of Viacom’s MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, and Floris Bauer, Endemol’s former global head of strategy, in partnership with Otter Media.

The LA-based firm currently has deals in place with Cut, Shareability, Supergravity, Realm Pictures, Bona Fide Productions and Adaptive Studios, among others.

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