James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.
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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I've been telling you about RIFF ROCKIT since I reviewed his debut album here on The Rock Father this past March, and if you have kids and like to rock - then hopefully you've checked him out. Riff will soon release his first DVD, RIFF ROCKIT: LIVE IN CONCERT, and today a couple of previews hit Riff's Facebook, so I couldn't resist sharing them with you here. Check out the trailer, and a full performance of 'Jump Up' below. I've said it before, but this reminds me a lot of KIDS INCORPORATED...
Ya know, I get a ton of news and invites to events in New York City - specifically Brooklyn - but hardly see anything come through for homebase (between Chicago and Milwaukee). I'm not sure why, but it would seem that Brooklyn is just as much a mecca for family music events as it is for indie rock. That said, here's another cool event for families, set to take place this Sunday, July 22nd. It's the MIL'S TRILLS 2nd ANNUAL SUMMER BASH: UKE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. Check out the full details below.
Fans of Hasbro's popular MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC (currently airing on The Hub) will have something new to enjoy come this november. At the in-progress Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, IDW Publishing and Hasbro announced that they'd be bringing the popular series into comic book form. IDW’s MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC comics will offer all-new stories featuring the beloved ponies: TWILIGHT SPARKLE, PINKIE PIE, RARITY, FLUTTERSHY, RAINBOW DASH, and APPLEJACK.
ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON have announced a team-up of demonic proportions for the TWINS OF EVIL TOUR, which will make it's way through the U.S. and Europe this fall. J DEVIL, the alter-ego of KORN frontman JONATHAN DAVIS will open each show with a DJ Set.
Kind of interesting for a Thursday night, but someone... call them a little birdie... pehaps an informant... or just a friend of The Rock Father, slipped me a 32-second preview of the title track from the new CANDLELIGHT RED EP, DEMONS. Wanna hear it? Check it out in the soundcloud player below, then look for the EP when it hits retail on August 14.
Back in April I made mention of TOY MASTERS, a feature-length documentary on one of my favorite childhood toy lines - Mattel's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Well, the makers of the film just hit me on twitter with news that the film will make it's world premiere on August 6 at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. By the Power of Grayskull! I still wish I had my original He-Man and Skeletor.