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Sunday, April 07 2013 13:26

KISS and HELLO KITTY team up to ROCK The Hub with new TV series...

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Last year, legendary rockers and kings of cross-merchandising, KISS teamed up with Sanrio for a line of "KISS x Hello Kitty" products. A lot of hardcore rock fans balked at the idea, but the line was hugely successful - so much that it's spawned a new TV series that's in-development at The Hub right now. KISS Hello Kitty (working title) "will feature the four KISS x Hello Kitty characters living their rock 'n' roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in.

kissdemonMy oldest daughter, Addie, absolutely ADORES Hello Kitty (I can't count how much Hello Kitty merch is here in the house), and after borrowing some 80s HK DVDs from the local library, I ended up getting her a set of her own this past Valentine's Day. Hello Kitty plus ROCK is a combination that certainly fits what we do here at Rock Father HQ, so I'm looking forward to this. 

Pictured right: "The Demon" KISS x Hello Kitty Pop! Vinyl Figure from Funko. Order yours here.

Here's some of what the guilty parties have to say about the new series...

"The Hub Network is the perfect home for the TV show, 'KISS Hello Kitty.' We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and want to make all our millions of fans worldwide proud of a show they can watch with the whole family."Gene Simmons, KISS
"Knowing and viewing The Hub as I do daily with my three children, it is the perfect home for us to bring the 'KISS Hello Kitty' juggernaut to yet another generation. I'm excited to develop this project with The Hub as it ensures it will have family appeal while keeping its brash and nurturing individuation."Paul Stanley, KISS
"We are thrilled to have these two seminal brands, KISS and Hello Kitty, on The Hub. Fans of The Hub know we are a distinct brand dedicated to providing clever, imaginative, and cool shows that families can watch together. The tone and style of the 'KISS Hello Kitty' TV show is a perfect fit for our network."Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of The Hub.

KISS will join fellow theatrical rockers, THE AQUABATS, as the second adventurous band to reach new generations through childrens' programming on The Hub. Meanwhile, KISS is also back in toy aisles with new K'NEX Building Sets (previously featured on The Rock Father), which I recently spotted "in the wild" over at TARGET.

I'll be following the development of KISS Hello Kitty as the news rolls in... will you be watching this with your little ones?

Now, my personal KISS anecdote: Back when I was working for the late Sam Goody/Musicland a decade or so ago, we had Paul Stanley at our annual meetings at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He came out to promote a line of signature edition Silvertone Guitars that we were gearing up to carry. Paul showed up in full-blown KISS stage gear... the costume... the makeup... the boots. He wound up hanging out with a bunch of Sam Goody folks in one of the many hotel bars, and at one point was acting silly... attracting the attention of onlookers who thought he was "a KISS impersonator." Only in Vegas.

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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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