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James Zahn

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He writes for Fandango Family and the Netflix #StreamTeam, serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized brands, and consults 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 co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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NYC Friends: Find the Hasbro MARVEL Heroes Bus... TODAY!

It's extremely short notice, but for those of you in New York City, you need to be on the lookout for something awesome today (4/28/16)... the Hasbro Heroes Bus! To get ready for the release of MARVEL's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (in theaters May 6) Hasbro is hitting the streets of NYC and inviting fans to visit the #Hasbro Heroes Bus. There's fun #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan photo opps, and you can climb on board to play with the latest Marvel toys and games from Hasbro, and leave with tons of awesome, branded swag. Check out the schedule below, and know that THE ROCK FATHER will be with you in spirit...

Netflix Family TV: Three New Offerings to Watch Right Now, and More Coming Soon...

Netflix #StreamTeamIf you've been following my adventures over these past few months, you may have already seen some of my reporting on the Family TV "Co-Viewing" initiatives that my friends at Netflix have been rolling out. While shows like FULLER HOUSE have gotten a big push already this year, the seeds were planted awhile ago, and one of last year's surprises is coming back, with two new seasons of MGA's Netflix Original Series, Project Mc2 on-deck. The Daytime Emmy-nominated series has shown girls around the world that Smart is the New Cool, and season 2 will premiere worldwide Friday, August 12, followed by Season 3, which will be available in fall 2016. So how about something fresh to watch in the meantime? Here's a few Rock Father-approved choices to check out right now...

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures - Premiere Details Revealed!

New faces, old friends, familiar locations and some brand-new adventures in a galaxy far, far away... LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD.  Set between the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Along with the series, two new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the show will hit shelves in June, allowing families the immediate opportunity to add to their own building adventures. Details on the premiere can be found below!

Mermaids and Mantacorn Horns - It's National Princess Week

There's a lot of different ways we could go with this, the royally regal National Princess Week being officially upon us. With two girls, my wife and I are well-versed in the ways and needs of young Royals in 2016. As a King of sorts myself, I can throw-down plenty of knowledge when it comes to the trade partners of Arendelle or the allies of Enchancia. Having just visited Walt Disney World as a family for the first time this month, The Rock Daughters met many a Princess first-hand, and while the traditional likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel are certainly prevalent both there and at home, it's a much younger Princess - one whose mother married into Royalty - that maintains the top spot here at Rock Father HQ: Sofia the First. Indeed, the title character from the Disney Junior hit his held in high regard  - a highlight of our visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios, and a character that both of our girls played in a Broadway Beginners production of SOFIA & JAKE: A PRINCESS & PIRATE ADVENTURE. All that said, for National Princess Week I'm featuring the new Sofia the First Mermaid Magic Princess Doll by Just Play Products.

Test Drive: Rockin' the Road - Across Florida in the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Brand unity is something that the folks at Kia Motors USA have really nailed over the past few years. Whether you're driving an entry-level model, or a fully-loaded luxury vehicle, the experience is distinctly Kia, and there's a comfort level in that feeling that's hard to surpass - no matter if you're in a car, crossover or minivan. When I last found myself behind the wheel of their best-selling nameplate, the Kia Optima, it was the 2014 Hybrid model. While we enjoyed that car, the 2016 Optima has been redesigned, and I recently had the opportunity to do a little roadtripping in Florida at the helm of the SX Turbo Edition - the perfect family ride for rockin' the road.

Lion Forge brings VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER to Comics this Summer...

I'd like to think that I know a thing or two about VOLTRON, and as someone that holds the 1984 version of the property in high regard and has seen numerous reboots try (and fail) to make a splash, I feel confident that we're on the cusp of a new golden era for the familiar Lion Force. With the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER streaming starting June 10, fans looking for new adventures will have a whole new chapter waiting for them in print: comic books from Lion Forge Comics - the folks who brought KNIGHT RIDER and MADBALLS into print. Releasing in July, the comic series expands the adventures of the paladins of Voltron with the first of a five-part series of VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER comics. The mini-series is the first of several planned expansions of new storylines between seasons.

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