Gunpowder & Sky, Van Toffler and Floris Bauer’s recently launched digital content studio, announced today that it has acquired independent content sales and distribution company, FilmBuff. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“FilmBuff knows where to sell and market content best,” said Floris Bauer, president at Gunpowder & Sky. “They also have a large network of content creators. We’re extremely excited to reach out to those filmmakers to do more ambitious projects.”
FilmBuff has been considered a disruptor in the digital-first distribution industry since it first launched and was co-founded in 2008 by John Sloss, a pioneer in the indie film world.
Operating out of Gunpowder & Sky’s Santa Monica offices and New York, FilmBuff will be rebranded as Gunpowder & Sky Distribution, and will be helmed by former FilmBuff Chief Executive Janet Brown. The company will absorb between 15 to 20 FilmBuff staffers, adding to Gunpowder & Sky’s 12 full-time staffers and host of freelancers, according to Bauer.
By adding FilmBuff’s infrastructure and operational capabilities to its growing network of creators, Gunpowder & Sky will have the ability to help its partners with the development, financing, production, distribution and marketing of their films, series and short-form content. Theatrical release, mobile, SVOD, cable TV and other platforms will all be options for second window distribution through Gunpowder & Sky’s expanded operation.
FilmBuff currently oversees a library of over 1500 feature films, series, and shorts including titles such as Oscar-nominated “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Gunpowder & Sky will also be able to take advantage of FilmBuff’s existing partnerships with top publishers/producers with whom they’ve partnered in the past, such as Vice, YouTube, Conde Nast Entertainment, and Mashable.
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