Van Toffler

Last updated
Van Toffler
Van Toffler MtvU-Half of Us (8288276476) (cropped).jpg
Toffler at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon in 2008
Born (1958-12-05) December 5, 1958 (age 64)
Staten Island, New York, US [1]
OccupationCEO of Gunpowder & Sky

Van Toffler (born December 5, 1958) is the CEO of digital media production and distribution company Gunpowder & Sky, which he co-founded in 2016. He was formerly the President of Viacom Media Networks Music & Logo Group at Viacom from March 2008 to April 2015.



Toffler was the former President of Viacom Media Networks Music & Logo Group at Viacom from March 2008 until he announced on February 17, 2015 he was leaving Viacom Media Networks [2] in April 2015 to "launch a content creation and acquisition company tentatively named Below the Radar. Toffler will be leaving his post in April, but will continue to executive produce a number of Viacom's flagship events including the VMAs, one of the signature franchises he launched." [3] He joined the start-up networks in 1987. On February 19, 2015, Viacom announced that Doug Herzog would replace him. [4]

In January 2016, Toffler, together with Floris Bauer and Otter Media formed Gunpowder & Sky, a digital content company aimed at millennials. [5]

He was also an associate with the law firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler. [6]


Toffler graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1976, The George Washington University in 1980 [7] and has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). [8]


In 2012, Billboard listed him as #35 in the Billboard Power 100. [9]

In 2004, he was named the City of Hope's 2004 Spirit of Life honoree for "raising awareness of social and health issues through such programming as The Osbournes and Tom Green Cancer Special." [10]

Personal life

Toffler has two children, Matthew and Rachel, from his marriage to Cheryl Brahen (married July 12, 1987). [1]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV</span> American cable television channel

MTV is an American cable channel officially launched on August 1, 1981. Based in New York City, it serves as the flagship property of the MTV Entertainment Group, part of Paramount Media Networks, a division of Paramount Global.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">BET</span> American basic cable channel owned by Paramount

Black Entertainment Television is an American basic cable channel targeting African-American audiences. It is owned by the CBS Entertainment Group unit of Paramount Global via BET Networks and has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and was formerly headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Paramount Media Networks is an American mass media division of Paramount Global that oversees the operations of many of its television channels and online brands. Its related international division is Paramount International Networks.

NickMusic is an American pay television network and spin-off of Nickelodeon that mainly carries music video and music-related programming from younger pop artists that appeal to Nickelodeon's target audience, with some videos edited for content to meet a general TV-PG rating applied across the network's broadcast day, or replaced with a lyric video instead.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV News</span> News division of MTV

MTV News was the news production division of MTV. The service was available in the US with localized versions on MTV's global network and an online news team. In 2016, MTV refreshed the MTV News brand to compete with the likes of BuzzFeed and Vice, but by mid-2017 MTV News was significantly downsized due to cutbacks.

Nicktoons is an American pay television channel owned by Paramount Media Networks. The channel is geared towards children aged 7 to 11, and broadcasts reruns of original animated series from sister network Nickelodeon along with some other animated shows and feature films.

Paramount Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA) is a division of Paramount International Networks which is fully owned by Paramount Global. The unit's headquarters are in Berlin, with additional offices in Madrid, Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, Johannesburg & Lagos, Budapest, Warsaw, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Beijing, Manila, Copenhagen, Prague, Helsinki, and Hong Kong SAR. The company was originally founded under the name MTV Networks Europe in 1987.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV Live (TV network)</span> Television channel

MTV Live is an 24-hour American pay television music video channel owned by Paramount Global. The channel, which broadcasts exclusively in 1080i high definition, broadcasts music videos and music-related programming from Paramount owned networks MTV, MTV Classic, VH1 and CMT, along with other concert and live music programming from outside producers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Viva (British and Irish TV channel)</span> Free-to-air music television channel

Viva was a British free-to-air music television channel owned by Viacom International Media Networks Europe. The channel launched on 26 October 2009, replacing TMF, and ceased broadcasting on 31 January 2018.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Owl City discography</span> Band discography

The discography of American electronica project Owl City consists of six studio albums, seven extended plays, twenty singles, and twelve music videos. Owl City issued its debut release, the extended play Of June, in September 2007; it peaked at number 15 on the United States Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. His debut studio album Maybe I'm Dreaming followed in December 2008, peaking at number 13 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Following the success of Of June and Maybe I'm Dreaming, Young signed to Universal Republic Records in late 2008. His second studio album and major-label debut, Ocean Eyes, was released in July 2009. "Fireflies", the album's lead single, became an international success, peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a top ten hit in several other countries. In correlation with the success of "Fireflies", Ocean Eyes peaked at number eight on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). An additional three singles were released from the album: "Vanilla Twilight", "Hello Seattle", and "Umbrella Beach".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV Classic (Australian TV channel)</span> Australian television network

MTV Classic is an Australian subscription television music channel. The channel focused on music from the 1980s to 2000s. The channel first launched in Australia on 14 March 2004 and in New Zealand on 1 June 2011. On 1 July 2011 MTV International channels launched new logos

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV Classic (British and Irish TV channel)</span> Television channel

MTV Classic was a British pay television music channel from Paramount Networks UK & Australia. The channel was launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 1 July 1999 as VH1 Classic.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV (British and Irish TV channel)</span> MTV channel in the UK and Ireland

MTV is a British pay television channel focusing on reality TV and music programming operated by Paramount Networks UK & Australia.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MTV Music (Australian and New Zealand TV channel)</span> Television channel

MTV Music was a 24-hour Australian and New Zealand subscription music channel which first launched on 3 December 2013.

Pluto TV is a free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service owned and operated by the Paramount Streaming division of Paramount Global.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Otter Media</span> American media company

Otter Media Holdings, LLC is an American digital media company owned by Warner Bros. Discovery. The company was founded in 2014 by AT&T and The Chernin Group as a holding company of the anime streaming service, Crunchyroll who the latter invested in 2013.

Robert Marc Bakish is an American business executive. He has been President and CEO of Paramount Global since December 4, 2019, formerly holding the same position at Viacom before the merger with CBS Corporation.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Club MTV (British and Irish TV channel)</span> British and Irish television channel

Club MTV was a 24-hour electronic dance music channel operated by ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia launched on 20 April 2001. Available in the United Kingdom and Ireland on subscription satellite and digital television services. The channel played dance, EDM, trance, house, rave, club, Eurodance and sometimes urban music.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gunpowder & Sky</span> American media production and distribution company

Gunpowder & Sky is a Los Angeles-based independent studio that produces feature films, series, short-form content, and podcasts. The company was founded in 2016 by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer.


  1. 1 2 "Van Toffler - Broadcasting & Cable". May 2000. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. "MTV's Last Executive Link to Its Music Programming Past, Van Toffler, Is Leaving the Network". The Hollywood Reporter . 17 February 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. Andreeva, Nellie (17 February 2015). "Van Toffler Leaves Viacom After 28 Years" . Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  4. "Guest Post: Miley and Britney's Manager Larry Rudolph on Van Toffler, MTV's 'Real Visionary'". Billboard . Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  5. Spangler, Todd (January 13, 2016). "Van Toffler Launches Digital Studio Backed by Chernin Group, AT&T". Variety . Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. "Stocks". Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. "- GW Today - The George Washington University". Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  8. "People Who Went To Penn: Van Toffler" . Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  9. "Billboard Power 100: Van Toffler". Billboard . Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  10. "Van Toffler To Receive Spirit Of Life Honor". Billboard . Retrieved 16 January 2018.