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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When it comes to holiday specials, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas has always ranked among my favorites - one that I'd eagerly await seeing each year when HBO would get around to airing it again... those primitive years before home video really caught on. Despite numerous releases on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray over the years, the soundtrack never got a proper release, and that's left fans like myself a little bit bummed. Paul Williams is a legend, having penned the Academy Award-nominated song "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie, "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born and many other #1 hits (he was also Little Enos in Smokey and the Bandit) and his music from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas has been fueling singalongs for over 40 years. Now, just in time for the 2018 holiday season, the world premiere release of the soundtrack has finally taken place and Varèse Sarabande Records and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a chance to win the all-new CD!
GreenLight Collectibles has been expanding in recent years, locking-down new licenses as they continually roll out new, authentic diecast vehicle replicas. Now they've inked a deal with Turtle Wax to develop a new line of collectibles ahead of the brand’s 75th anniversary celebration.
Nobody puts these Pops in a corner! That's right, straight from Kellerman's Resort in the Catskill Mountains comes the Funko Dirty Dancing Baby Pop! Vinyl Figure #696 and Dirty Dancing Johnny Pop! Vinyl Figure #697! The best dancers of 1987 are now available for pre-order from my friends at Entertainment Earth. Long before Dancing With the Stars, there was Dirty Dancing - a film that inspired countless mishaps while trying to duplicate that epic lift in which Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) carried Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) on the dance floor in front of a packed house.
This Holiday Wish Guide™ feature is presented by Entertainment Earth in collaboration with The Rock Father™...
With Walt Disney Animation Studios' Ralph Breaks the Internet now in theaters, it's time to take a look at what will no-doubt be some very wished-for items that kids will be looking for this holiday season. I'm talking of course, about the toys - and from Bandai America comes a full assortment of fantastic toys featuring Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and many of their on-screen friends. As I began putting this feature together, my friends at Entertainment Earth sent over the Wave One Action Figures and the Slaughter Race Vehicle for some hands-on time in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father™ HQ. All official Holiday Wish Guide™ picks, let's take a look at those and more!
2018 has been a pretty good year for holiday music thus far, but one thing we haven't heard much of is stuff on the heavier, more bizarre side of the spectrum. That should change on December 7th when <PIG> mastermind RAYMOND WATTS and regular collaborator EDEN release BLACK MASS - what they're calling "an unholy trinity of festive filth" - covers of holiday classics by John Lennon, Elvis Presley and WHAM!
Watts said the following: "I wanted to pay homage to the great Christmas songs, have fun with them but also take a stand against the ever rising tide of toxic bigotry in this increasingly brutal world while remembering there is a better part of ourselves. 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)' in particular represents this whatever your beliefs may or may not be. 'Last Christmas' while being a great song from the irreplaceable George Michael (who left us two years ago this Christmas) also represents the fleeting nature of 'the season of goodwill'. 'Blue Christmas' resonates with anyone who is separated from a loved one at this time of year, whatever the reason, war zone or weather (and who doesn't want a go at being the King?) To that end these songs stand as an honour guard from the Lord of Lard."
BLACK MASS will be available for free download via Bandcamp, though a minimum donation is appreciated, with all proceeds going to INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE.
<PIG> most recently lit up the internet this past summer with a cover of KC & The Sunshine Band's 1975 hit, "That's the Way (I Like It)" featuring Sasha Grey.
This week, news hit the wires that General Mills has launched a search for talent in hopes of bringing their famed "Monster Cereals" characters to life on-screen. The cereals have been a breakfast staple for decades, and as the new "Work With the Monsters" website points out, they've been on the fringes of Hollywood since the 60s - but they've never had a big break of their own. Recent years have seen the Monsters enter the toy departments through licensing agreements with Mattel's Hot Wheels brand, Funko, and even Big G Creative for this year's excellent Monster Crunch Game. Now it's finally time to take things to the next level, and that means that I need to remind the folks at General Mills about something: I have the winning pitch. In fact, back in 2015, General Mills' Kevin Hunt invited me to call in and record a bit for the Monster Cereals episode of the A Taste of General Mills Podcast, and in this 2012 article I first mentioned publicly that I'd been sitting on a treatment for a General Mills Monsters movie - one that could easily be adapted into a binge-worthy television series.