Van Toffler


Ex-Endemol Shine exec joins Van Toffler firm

Former Endemol Shine Beyond UK digital exec Randel Bryan has joined Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky. Bryan will lead a new international arm of the fledgling company, which former MTV entertainment chief Toffler launched with another ex-Endemol Shine Group exec, Floris Bauer, last year. Gunpowder & Sky International will be based in London, with Bryan […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

Toffler’s studio ‘lovechild of YouTube & Netflix’

Former Viacom Media Networks channels boss Van Toffler has joined forces with a former Endemol strategy chief and Peter Chernin-backed Otter Media to create a digital-first content studio. Toffler (left) has described LA-based Gunpowder & Sky as “the defiant lovechild of YouTube, the MCNs and Netflix”, and will produce across various genres, formats and content […]

Toffler’s studio ‘lovechild of YouTube & Netflix’

Former Viacom Media Networks channels boss Van Toffler has joined forces with a former Endemol strategy chief and Peter Chernin-backed Otter Media to create a digital-first content studio. Toffler (left) has described LA-based Gunpowder & Sky as “the defiant lovechild of YouTube, the MCNs and Netflix”, and will produce across various genres, formats and content […]

Levison is latest VH1 exit

Susan Levison is following Tom Calderone out of the door at music-focused US cable channel VH1. Chris McCarthy replaced former president Calderone earlier this year, and the management changes continue as executive VP, original programming and production Levison (pictured) exits after two years. McCarthy last month promoted Amy Doyle to become EVP of VH1 and […]

VH1 chief exits as McCarthy steps up

Viacom’s VH1 has a new boss in the shape of Chris McCarthy after president Tom Calderone stepped down. McCarthy moves up after overseeing a successful ratings revamp of the MTV2 and Logo channels in the US, and in the new post will report to Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog. At male-skewed MTV2, […]

Viacom retools channels under Zarghami, Herzog

Viacom has promoted Cyma Zarghami and Doug Herzog to run its channel operations, which will now be split into two groups under a new restructuring. Both are Viacom veterans, and have now divided up channels Van Toffler previously oversaw before the announcement of his departure earlier this week. Toffler officially exits in April after helping […]

TV Land president exits Viacom

Viacom’s US cable channel TV Land is saying goodbye to its long-serving president, Larry Jones, as part of a restructure. Jones, who joined Viacom in 1988 and later helped to launch TV Land and helmed its launch into scripted programming in 2009, is exiting, with the news coming a day after another Viacom stalwart, MTV […]

MTV boss leaving to set up content firm

MTV president Van Toffler is leaving Viacom to set up a new content business, Below the Radar. Toffler (pictured), who is president MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, is a Viacom veteran, having been at the company for 28 years. Viacom offered Toffler a new deal but the executive said, in a memo to MTV […]