Sunday, October 12 2014 11:10

31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: DWTS Nominated for an EMMY Award?

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 12: There were plenty of weird occurrences when it came to the development of the DWTS project, and while they may have appeared strange from an outsider's perspective (we drew the ire of some other independent filmmakers along the way), from my seat it was even more overwhelmingly bizarre. How about getting nominated for awards based on a movie that hadn't even been shot yet? It happened... twice. While I'll discuss the second instance shortly, how did DEATH WALKS THE STREETS get nominated for an EMMY Award? One word: MySpace.

emmy2As the world of social networking was evolving, taking with it the marketing of filmmaking, MySpace - then the undisputed King of social networks - was leading the charge, splintering their network into divisions like MySpace Film. Novice filmmakers ourselves, Ben and I made a decision early-on to document our journey as much as possible, and one way we did that was through video podcasts - a relatively new thing at the time. We shot them in a documentary style, with them first premiering on The Horror Channel (later Dread Central) before moving them to MySpace. DWTS became one of the earliest projects highlighted on the homepage of MySpace Film, with the podcasts amassing hundreds of thousands of views (sadly, they've disappeared due to MySpace's platform changes, and the original files are MIA), and eventually becoming acclaimed.

In 2007, MySpace partnered with The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a new, five-category component of their Broadband Emmy Awards (part of the Daytime Emmys) - "MyEmmy." Here's what MySpace said about it at the time...

“Amazing content is flourishing on the web and enabling submissions through MySpace makes a world of sense. This unique collaboration gives users an accessible platform to recognize the best creative content out there. We’re inviting all creators of premium broadband content to use the Emmy® profile to submit their work for consideration for this highly coveted honor.”

- Shawn Gold, SVP of Marketing and Content for MySpace -

In the "News & Documentary: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture for Broadband" category, guess who ended up on top? Yep, "The Making of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Bringing Death to the World", with a 9-minute episode entitled "The Screenwriters, The Producer & The Script."

All signs were pointing to us having one Hell of a movie on our hands, but that's definitely not what happened...

About "31 Days of Death Walks the Streets":

DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) is a genre-bending transmedia entertainment property created by James Zahn in 2004... long before becoming "The Rock Father." In celebration of it's 10th Anniversary and the Halloween Season, 31 DAYS OF DEATH WALKS THE STREETS is a spin-off of the annual "31 Days of Halloween" feature, presenting an inside look at some materials from the comic book series and the intended DWTS film series.

Stay tuned...

Like DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) on Facebook, Follow on Instagram and Twitter! Just watch out for DANCING WITH THE STARS...
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as 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, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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 manufacturers. 

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. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, 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 writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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