Digital studio Gunpowder & Sky has made six new hires, drawing its fresh talent from the likes of YouTube, Meerkat, MTV and Berenschot. The hires come on the heels of the studio’s acquisition of independent content sales and distribution company FilmBuff in September, which has now rebranded as Gunpowder & Sky Distribution.
Joining the company are:
- Award-winning writer and filmmaker David Harris as VP of development. Previously, Harris served as VP of development at MTV(other), a division creating award-winning originals for digital platforms. There he produced Myrna The Monster, the reboot of Liquid Television, the celebrity music video series Supervideo, with installments directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Drew Barrymore and David Ayer, and the $5 Cover Series, directed by Craig Brewer and Lynn Shelton. Harris has also directed music videos for Capitol Records, Innovative Leisure and Joyful Noise.
- Ryan Nugent (pictured) as VP of content strategy. Nugent arrives at the studio from YouTube where he served as the global head of creator trends and research. During his time at YouTube he combined art and science to help hundreds of partners generate fandom across major entertainment, music and pop culture channels, and was responsible for authoring the first-ever YouTube creator playbook, which was published in 2012 in seven languages.
- Former Meerkat creative strategy director Laura Prangley (pictured) as director of development. At Meerkat, Prangley was responsible for collaborating with comedians and creators to make live-streaming content. She also managed YouTube strategy while at Condé Nast Entertainment and produced original digital content for Teen Vogue, Vogue, Self, Vanity Fair and Allure.
- Sama’an Ashrawi as creative executive. Previously, he was at P. Diddy’s Revolt TV where he was a video producer and culture curator and produced videos for artists including Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled and Pharell.
- Pietro Moro as VP of finance and operations. Before going the studio Moro served as senior director of strategy and business development at Otter Media, the joint venture formed by The Chernin Group and AT&T to acquire, invest in and launch global over-the-top businesses. Prior to Otter, he was a New York-based investment banker for eight years.
- Lotte Van der Veer as business development manager. Hailing from the Netherlands, Van der Meer worked for the country’s number one news show RTL Boulevard before transitioning into management consultancy, wherein she provided marketing and strategy guidance to a diverse roster of leading international companies. She moved to Santa Monica, California in 2011, where she was a sales and marketing strategist for various brands.