James Zahn - The Rock Father™
A natural storyteller that seeks to enlighten and entertain, James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. At Adventure Publishing Group, he is Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, USA TODAY, NY Post, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a member of The Toy Insider's Parent Advisory Board and as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS. He penned articles for Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids) and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent. Additionally, he served as the Director of New Media Development for Fangoria Entertainment.
He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy and consumer products manufacturers. In 2018, he made his first panel appearance at Comic-Con International (SDCC) in San Diego, where he spoke on the future of toy retailing in the wake of the Toys “R” Us closure.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. On July 13, 2018, the band issued the first single from their forthcoming second album, due out some time in 2019.
James Zahn resides in Northern Illinois with his wife and daughters, with frequent travel to New York City and Los Angeles.