James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and 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. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

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 Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, 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 writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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SESAME STREET has a new release in-stores this week with Elmo's Learning Adventures, a triple-feature that includes over two hours of fun. The set includes  ''Elmo's Animal Adventures,'' ''Elmo and the Bookaneers,'' and ''Elmo and Friends: The Letter Quest.''  The DVD features guest appearances by Neil Patrick Harris (DOOGIE HOWSER), Sandra Oh (GREY'S ANATOMY), Tina Fey (30 ROCK), and more. The Rock Father™ has a preview of the set below...

If you've been on the internet at any point within the past few days (from looking at you now, I'd assume you have), chances are you've run across a viral video for DollarShaveClub.com touting that their blades are ''F***ing Great.'' While I can't vouch for their blades just yet, I can say that their advertising really is ''F***ing Great.'' But there's more to it.

Wednesday, March 07 2012 09:35

Hoverboards are expensive...

If you're one of the folks that snagged a pair of NIKE's 2011 MAG shoes last year, there's a good chance that you'd like a MATTEL Hoverboard to go with them. After making a splash on the 'net a couple of months ago when word of the impending Hoverboard release got out, the hot pink skate deck is now up for pre-order. Just as NIKE copped out with the whole ''self-lacing'' feature in stating that ''the technology doesn't arrive until 2015,'' MATTEL is is stating that their non-hovering Hoverboard will only ''glide on most flat surfaces'' due to the technology not being available just yet. So what does a non-hovering Hoverboard cost?

hitLogoMy daughter loves most of the shows put out by UK-based HIT Entertainment, and currently aired here in the U.S. on SPROUT. There's FIREMAN SAM, BOB THE BUILDER, ANGELINA BALLERINA, BARNEY, and the big-money machine - THOMAS & FRIENDS. Today comes news that toymaker MATTEL has purchased HIT Entertainment for $680M (less than it was going for) rescuing the company from a vast amount of debt (and probably mis-management).

As the father of a 2½-year-old that loves watching Sprout, the adventures of THOMAS AND FRIENDS are viewed on a pretty frequent basis. I've become familiar with the differences in animation and narration between seasons, the characters, the overall time-frame, and the curiously-changing geography of the Island of Sodor. Having viewed the series at length, I've also formulated some pretty strong opinions about it and the underlying meanings of certain things. I use these opinions in a possibly humorous (to me) and largely sarcastic manner. Tonight, those opinions got me blocked from posting on the official Thomas and Friends facebook page. Yes - The Rock Father™ has been banned from Sodor.

Indie children’s musician Sukey Molloy has announced that April 24th will see the release of her third CD, I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy. 

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