MGM Television's programming for emerging digital platforms includes its owned-and-operated Stargate Command streaming service. The company also recently signed a deal with Walmart to create original content for the retailer’s Vudu video service based on MGM’s film and television catalogue.
As Senior Vice President of Digital & New Platforms at Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Sam Toles leads efforts around digital native and short form content development and distribution leveraging existing MGM IP and creating new IP. He works closely with theatrical, scripted, unscripted and distribution teams, to create a variety of new programming for emerging digital platforms. Toles reports to Mark Burnett, MGM’s Chairman, Worldwide Television.
Toles joined MGM from Vimeo where he served as Senior Vice President, General Manager of the company’s Entertainment Group. Toles directed all aspects of programing for the global video sharing platform, with a reach to over 250 million unique viewers each month.
A 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Toles’ career began in theatrical marketing at New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers, followed by home entertainment marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Rhino. He then joined Fremantle Media as Vice President of Business Development. Toles also served as Vice President of Content Strategy for Gaiam, where he built the foundation and content strategy for the company’s widely distributed digital SVOD service, Gaiam TV (rebranded as Gaia). His most recent series for MGM include Stargate Origins, based on the iconic Science Fiction franchise and The Baxters, a faith-forward series based on best-selling author Karen Kingsbury’s series of books by the same name.