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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In just eight days, the official start of Spring 2012 will be upon us. For my daughter and I, that means that Gardening Season is here, and for the first time ever - I will be doing a full-scale Gardening Blog here on The Rock Father™. Now, there's a few of you that might be surprised to find out that I'm big into gardening, and having run across a few surprised folks in the real world over the past few years, I'll explain simply: Gardening rocks.
I'm a big fan of EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS. In addition to being a local, Illinois-based business, they make some of the best, 100% natural household products that we've ever tried. Back in December, I reviewed their ''Safeguard Your Home Pack'' here on The Rock Father™, after having already used their ECOS laundry detergent for quite some time. My only gripe thus far is that their products aren't carried in enough major retailers (get crackin', Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us!). With their latest announcement, however, that should be changing pretty quickly. DISNEY BABY ECOS is on the way!
Until this morning, I had no idea that Lionsgate made a movie based on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's best-selling book WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING. Indeed, we've got a copy of that book here in the house somewhere, along with two of it's sequels - WHAT TO EXPECT: THE FIRST YEAR, and WHAT TO EXPECT: THE TODDLER YEARS. Making a movie out of a book with no characters and no storyline could've been an interesting task for the screenwriters, but when your main goal is to attach a parenting comedy to a recognizable brand name, I'm sure it was less difficult than it sounds on the surface. With a May 18 release date fast-approaching, the Lionsgate marketing machine is in motion, with a full trailer and a daddy-centric ''Dude's Group'' version making the rounds. Let's take a look...
Yo Gabba Gabba! has recently been posting some new videos online from some past episodes, and this one is too good not to share with readers of The Rock Father™. Back on March 9, 2010 (yes, two years ago today), the mighty WEEZER made an appearance on the 'Bugs' episode of Season 3 for a furry performance of a song called All My Friends Are Insects. Check out the video of the performance below, and rock out with the kids. =w=
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.