As Senior Vice President of Digital & New Platforms at Metro-Goldwyn -Mayer, 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’ first project, the previously announced and much anticipated premium mid form digital series, Stargate Origins, follows fan-favorite character, Catherine Langford and as she explores a brand new chapter in her early history surrounding the extraordinary portal. Stargate Origins will premiere in 2018.
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.
Toles received a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo.