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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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With the November 2 release date of Walt Disney Animation Studios' WRECK-IT RALPH fast-approaching, the viral marketing is in full-swing. Today marks the arrival of this "vintage" 1982 Litwak's Arcade Commercial for "Fix-It Felix Jr. featuring Wreck-It Ralph." Check out the 8-bit goodness below. Will you be taking your kids to see WRECK-IT RALPH this November?

Since launching The Rock Father last year, I've had a few people ask me why I've never covered MONSTER HIGH. "You have daughters..." Yes. "You love monsters..." Yes. But quite simply, my daughters are a little young to fall into the target demographic for the popular line of Mattel toys, so not having them in the house (yet), they hadn't hit the site. That changes today with the release of MONSTER HIGH: GHOULS RULE, an original CGI movie released in partnership between Mattel and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

It's been 50 years since THE BERENSTAIN BEARS first arrived with the publication of THE BIG HONEY HUNT, a book that launched what would become a lasting legacy of children's entertainment. While we have a few different Berenstain books here at Rock Father HQ, it's the cartoon (which currently airs on PBS Kids' Sprout) that my oldest daughter most identifies with. In the spirit of the season, the folks over at Phase 4 Films have issued THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' SPOOKY STORIES (50th Anniversary Edition) on DVD through their KaBOOM! Entertainment.

It's a bit of a 1980s flashback week for ROCK BAND players as the platform gets ready to add a trio of songs straight from the Reagan era. Fast-approaching the five-year anniversary of the Rock Band Music Store, players will be able to attempt tracks from FLOCK OF SEAGULLS and BILLY SQUIER this Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Harmonix sent the details to The Rock Father yesterday, and you'll find them below...

I've posted about the collaboration between VOLCOM and YO GABBA GABBA! here on The Rock Father in the past, but today comes news about something FREE.

With a 3-year-old and a newborn in the house, Winnie the Pooh is everywhere. From books to movies to plush toys, it would seem that the oldest can't get enough of Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood. In fact, I actually do a pretty solid version of Pooh Bear's voice, and find myself performing the character on a fairly regular basis. As for the movies, we have several on DVD and Blu-Ray, but October means it's time for WINNIE THE POOH'S HEFFALUMP HALLOWEEN MOVIE.

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