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MARION, S.C., March 17, 2015  The Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex will be opening in Marion, South Carolina with The Swamp Fox Biker Bash, the ultimate east coast biker rally and concert series taking place May 8th through May 17th.

Bringing new life to Myrtle Beach Bike Week, The Swamp Fox Biker Bash is a rally and music festival unlike any other—past or present.

With the support of big name performers that include The Marshall Tucker Band and Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7 winner of NBC’s The Voice) on Thursday, May 14th. Bret Michaels with opening act The Flaunt Girls (Biker Burlesque Troupe) on Friday, May 15th and Buckcherry on Saturday, May 16th —new excitement is coming to South Carolina during Myrtle Beach Bike Week.

But it doesn’t stop with the music.  Swamp Fox Biker Bash is hosting an entire rally of events on its massive 250 acre property including Campgrounds, Motorcycle Stunt Shows, Amazing Food, Daily Burlesque Shows, Mechanical Bull Contests, Panoramic Rides, Build-offs, Smoke-Outs, Body-Painting, and even Live Alligator Wrestling.  This is a one-of-a-kind event for bikers and music lovers to be a part of—with special ‘artist to fan’ experiences available as well.

What’s more, Swamp Fox is soon to be home to the World’s Largest Bar. The Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex will soon include a record-breaking bar extending over 800-feet.   For many, this attraction alone will attract the fans to the Complex.

Biker Emcee extraordinaire and often-voice of Harley-Davidson and Jack Daniels, Dumptruck, will keep fans at maximum-fun as the voice of the Swamp Fox Biker Bash. Expect lively attractions, all-day live music and “I’m With The Band” readings with Pamela Des Barres to complete the overall biker and rock ‘n’ roll experience.

“Swamp Fox Biker Bash is not your typical rally with music. We’ve created a concert series and music experience that caters to bikers but allows the music and fan experiences to come first,” says Gabriel Gornell, Executive Producer of Swamp Fox Biker Bash. “Rock and Country are a big part of the biker lifestyle so it’s a perfect fit, and our dedication to the fan experience is what makes PledgeMusic the perfect partner for this event,”

Named as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015” in Music, by Fast Company magazine for “helping artists and fans get what they want,” PledgeMusic and their direct-to-fan platform will give fans the AccessPass when they buy tickets, VIP access and merchandise through PledgeMusic. This pass will allow fans to receive updates that artists and the Swamp Fox Biker Bash crew will post about during the preparation for the bash.  This limited time offer will provide an exclusive never-before-seen experience for the debut biker rally and concert series.

“We’re opening the Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex to support the arts for two reasons: the first, by bringing quality entertainment and national artists back to South Carolina with a premier 20,000 seat amphitheater located only 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach. The second, to support the local economy with sustainable long-term jobs through the amphitheater and festival ground,” says Robert Hartmann, Founder and CEO of Swamp Fox Entertainment Complex. “This property is uniquely positioned to accomplish both these things and we couldn’t be more excited about kicking things off with the Swamp Fox Biker Bash this May.”

Tickets are currently available with “BUY 3 NIGHTS & GET 2 NIGHTS FREE” five-night packages starting at $256 and ten-night packages starting at $317 in Chrome, Silver and Gold, granting access to all shows, attractions and campgrounds. Basic and VIP tent rental packages are also available along with multi-night RV Parking.

Variety 4/8/2014

_Variety_4_08_banner Gabriel Gornell interviewed by Variety with regard to the state of Daytime and the Daytime Emmys—from which he stepped away in 2014 after overseeing the event in 2012 and 2013.



InTouch Magazine 7/8/2013

_InTouch_banner_7_08_13To successfully generate buzz for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Gabriel Gornell went against TV tradition by focusing much of the show on talent outside of the traditional “soap opera” pool and embracing TV trends in areas of Talk Programming.  One booking decision that he made was to include BOTH Bethenny Frankel and Kris Jenner as presenters on the heels of their daytime showdown—and fuel the rivalry.  The stunt worked, and generated the desired coverage as represented in here in this full spread within InTouch Magazine.











Entertainment Weekly 6/28/2013

_EW_Banner_6_28With strategic decisions regarding what awards to include in the telecast—like the Special Class Animation Award with nominee George Lucas on hand for his series ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, and iconic bookings like Carrie Fisher to present the award, Gabriel Gornell successfully brought the Daytime Emmys back into the spotlight as represented in the EW coverage.

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NY Daily News 6/21/2012

_DailyNews_banner_6_21 _DailyNews_Headline_6_21Just as daytime television is no longer primarily defined by its soap operas, the Daytime Emmys are also expanding this year to cover the whole morning and afternoon menu.

The 39th annual Daytime Emmys, to air live Saturday at 8 p.m. on HLN, will honor not just the soaps and their stars, but news shows, talk shows, food shows, lifestyle shows, children’s shows and legal shows.



Numerically, dramas still dominate the awards. “General Hospital” has 23 nominations, the most of any show, and two canceled soaps, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” have 11 apiece.

But ABC’s 56 total nominations are only five more than PBS, which is the home of no soaps.

_DN_GornellQuote_02People who love ‘General Hospital’ watch the food shows and the news, too.”

That means viewers Saturday night are likely to have favorites and predictions even in nonsoap categories, which plays into the primary pastime of all awards-show watchers: predicting winners and then either cheering or lamenting the results.

That pastime is greatly enhanced these days, notes Headline News executive vice president and general manager Scot Safon, by Twitter, Facebook and the Internet.

“Whenever there’s a story anywhere now that fans care about,” says Safon, “they fire up the nearest social media and start talking about it. It’s great.”

While HLN was a latecomer to this year’s Daytime Emmys telecast, signing on just days before Saturday’s ceremony, Safon says the network is thrilled to be here.

“We cover major events in pop culture all the time,” he says. “The Daytime Emmys are something we cover, so we’re pretty excited about carrying them.”

Gornell stresses that while they are broader-based this year, the awards remain a central showcase for daytime drama.

He even thinks it could be a good if somewhat bittersweet night for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”  _DN_GornellQuote_03





TV Guide 5/2/2013

_TVGuide_5_02_bannerGabriel Gornell quoted in TV Guide.