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Former MTV exec David Gale joins Gunpowder & Sky

Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has brought on former MTV exec David Gale as executive vice president of development and production. In his new role, Gale (pictured) and his team will ...
May 23, 2019

Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has brought on former MTV exec David Gale as executive vice president of development and production.

In his new role, Gale (pictured) and his team will develop and produce content for movies, shorts, series and specials across all platforms.

He will report to CEO and co-founder Van Toffler and assume his new role on June 1.

Gale was most recently CEO of the media brand We Are The Mighty (WATM), which he co-founded. Prior to that, he served as EVP of MTV Films, MTVX and MTV New Media.

“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,” said Toffler in a statement.

“Subsequently, we launched an original digital content division at MTV where we created content — sometimes cinematic, and always loud — from Jackass 2.5 to shorts for the digital relaunch of the iconic animation brand ‘Liquid TV’ to ‘Super Videos’ directed by the likes of Drew Barrymore. He’s got killer taste, he’s a champion of novel storytelling, he has unequaled 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. We’re honored to have him at Gunpowder & Sky where we will carry on the tradition of betting on bold, novel breakthrough talent and ideas.”

“Van and [co-founder] Floris [Bauer] have made a big, bold move to build a new and unique studio with Gunpowder & Sky,” added Gale. “In a very short time the company has become a home for the next generation of talented creators and has built a distinctive brand in key genres.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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