Magazine article Screen International

Sam Toles to Lead Digital, New Platforms at MGM

Magazine article Screen International

Sam Toles to Lead Digital, New Platforms at MGM

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The studio announced on Thursday it has brought on Sam Toles to served in the new position of senior vice-president of digital and new platforms.

The highly regarded executive will be based in Los Angeles and takes charge of MGM's digital native and short form content development and distribution.

He will work on new and existing MGM properties alongside the scripted, unscripted and distribution teams.

Toles most recently served as senior vice-president and general manager of Vimeo's Entertainment Group, where he directed all aspects of programing for the video sharing platform that reached more than 250m unique viewers each month.

He oversaw the first slate of original programming including HBO's High Maintenance, the Emmy-nominated Garfunkel And Oats: Trying To Be Special, and the Oscar-nominated animated short Pear Cider And Cigarettes.

"Sam's experience in digital media will accelerate our efforts in developing and creating compelling new content for today's digital platforms, and will help to shape our company's strategy as new platforms emerge," MGM president of digital and new platforms Kevin Conroy, to whom Toles will report, said. …

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