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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, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, 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 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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It wasn't long ago that The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Genius Brands had raised $4.5M to help give Rainbow Rangers a proper push ahead of the series' November 5 launch on Nick Jr. Now comes word that Genius has secured KIDdesigns to work on the development of a youth electronics line for the property, and Basic Fun!, who will develop a novelty toy line based on the colorful superheroes geared toward pre-schoolers. They join more than 20 licensees for the property, including master toy licensee Mattel, bicycle manufacturer Dynacraft, Jay Franco (bedding and bath), Disguise & Spirit Halloween (costumes) and more.

I'm actually a little surprised that it took this long, but there's a live-action Miraculous - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir on the way. Whether that means a feature film, a television series or both is yet to be determined, but the folks at Skydance Media in partnership with ZAG have announced that it they've secured the rightsUnder the deal, Skydance plans to develop and produce the first-ever live-action adaptations based on the hit property with an anticipated release in 2020. The critically acclaimed, award-winning animated television series developed and produced by Jeremy Zag follows two heroes—Ladybug and Cat Noir—as they protect the city of Paris from super villains. 

The Rock Father is part of #TeamJurassic - presented in collaboration with Universal Studios Home Entertainment

65 million years in the making, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has come home, bringing with it the biggest array of dinosaurs ever realized on film! Available now Digital HD (coming to Blu-ray & DVD 9/18 - pre-order here) and packed with exclusive bonus features, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the perfect adventure to enjoy with the whole family and Universal Studios and The Rock Father want to help you do just that! Enter below for your shot at winning a download code to enjoy the film on Movies Anywhere!

Yesterday afternoon, Brie Larson took to twitter to announce that she was "bored" and would like to "break the internet" with EW. Today that moment has arrived! The Academy Award-winning actress graces the cover of EW's latest issue, complete with a feature story on the making of Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel - the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the days ahead, EW will roll out more photos and interviews, many of which will also appear in-print as well. Check out the cover art below, and look for this to hit newsstands and mailboxes beginning this Friday.

I've told the story before, but I still have my original Cabbage Patch Kid. His name is Ollie, and he's still wearing his 1983 Chicago White Sox uniform - a well-played-with reminder of simpler times, and one that my daughters now enjoy playing with today. 2018 marks the 35th Birthday of the Cabbage Patch Kids, and this weekend there's a party taking place at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.  Wicked Cool Toys and Original Appalachian Artworks will be throwing the party, and as always, admission to Babyland General is free! Kids and families can enjoy free cupcakes and ice cream (while supplies last) and there will be prizes awarded to lucky visitors all day long. The Grand Prize is truly special - a one-of-a-kind soft sculpture Little Person (the dolls that inspired Cabbage Patch Kids) signed by the creator, Xavier Roberts. Check out a video tour of Babyland General Hospital below, along with all the details on the CPK 35th Birthday celebration...

It was two years ago that I first told you about Robozuna - a then-in-development series from ITV that had been added to the Netflix slate of original kids and family programming. While the premiere date has still not been announced (Netflix still lists it as "New: 2018"), we know that there's a full range of toys coming, and they'll be arriving in the U.S. via Basic Fun! The initial wave arrives in spring/summer 2019, with more consumer products in the pipeline for fall/winter. 

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