The Rolling Stones (2005-2007)

In support of The Rolling Stones 24th US studio album A Bigger Bang, the greatest rock & roll band of all time hit the road for a landmark tour beginning August 2005 and wrapping August 2007.

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Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts personally approved Gabriel Gornell to creative direct the merchandising program that delivered about $250 Million annually during the tour.  Over 200 officially licensed products were available by catalog, online, at retail, and on-tour that ranged from concert tees, to pajamas, to outerwear, to shot glasses, to high-end lingerie from Agent Provocateur.

Just before the advent of social media, the marketing elements included graphic design and identity systems, photo libraries, catalog design and printing, posters & signage, retail packaging including labels, hang-tags, sewn labels, etc., and branded video content.

Oscar The Grouch & Anderson Cooper [from 39th DTE]

Oscar the Grouch and Anderson Cooper perform at the Daytime Emmys.
Oscar the Grouch and Anderson Cooper perform at the Daytime Emmys.

For the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Gabriel made the creative decision to bring together two wildly different daytime genres (kids & talk) in a musical collaboration.

For this he paired Oscar the Grouch with Anderson Cooper in a musical piece that he produced with songwriters Adam Schlesinger (That Thing You Do, Music and Lyrics, Colbert Christmas) and Robert Smigel (SNL, Conan, Hotel Transylvania).

 

You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You

YNTSKY_Photo_08For Michael A. Pinckney’s feature film directorial debut, the hip hop horror film You’re Nobody Til Somebody Kills You (YNTSKY), Gabriel served as Executive Producer along side Spike Lee with a key focus on music.

YNTSKY_Photo_03For the studio sequence featuring rhymes from rap icon Doug E. Fresh, Gabriel produced an original beat with EDM composer Kotchy.  And for the live performance from legend Big Daddy Kane, Gabriel produced the beat with Kotchy and Inner Party System.  Gabriel also cleared tracks from Inner Party System via a collaboration with Red Bull Records.

 

 

 

Il Volo [from 40th DTE]

For the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Gabriel made the creative decision to accompany the heartfelt In Memoriam tribute with a live musical performance—something the Daytime Emmys hadn’t done for the last five years.

With the help of talent producer Caprise Arreola (The Voice, Kennedy Center Honors, Primetime Emmys), Gabriel booked and produced a very memorable segment featuring international opera sensation Il Volo performing their hit Mas Que Amor.

Il Volo (Italian for ‘The Flight’) is the Italian operatic pop trio consisting of tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, and baritone Gianluca Ginoble. They’ve released four albums since 2010 and have quickly become international superstars.

 

39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

For the 39th annual event celebrating all  Daytime TV programming (7am to 7pm) LocoDistro was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to take over the Daytime Emmy Awards and help reinvent the classic Emmy brand (as well as secure both financing and distribution for the Academy).

Not only was this achieved, but Gabriel Gornell was the youngest Executive Producer of any Emmys Award Show.

As programming trends continued to shift from daytime dramas (soaps) to more varied daytime content—award categories like Cooking Shows and Children’s Shows were included in the telecast for the very first time.

Musical highlights included the duet with Anderson Cooper and Oscar the Grouch. Congrats to all the Emmy nominees and winners!

40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

For the second year in a row, LocoDistro was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to produce the Daytime Emmy Awards which aired live on HLN/Turner on June 16th.  Gabriel Gornell also took the helm for the second year running as Executive Producer—and worked closely with the entire daytime community to honor a great year in daytime programming

Show highlights included George Lucas winning his first Emmy presented by none other than Carrie Fisher, Betty White presenting an emotional lifetime achievement award for Bob Stewart, the new faces of talk—Kris Jenner and Bethenny Frankel each presenting talk show awards, the unforgettable Kathy Griffin presenting the award for best writing, and of course “envelope-gate” with the ladies from The Talk.  A very special shout out goes to Nancy Lee Grahn (General Hospital) for an amazing package of videos featuring Alex Trebek, Katie Couric, Funny or Die’s Billy Eichner, The Talk, and many more.

Kenny Rogers 1st 50 Years

From Executive Producer Gabriel Gornell, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years is a striking look back at an incomparable career that has landed Kenny Rogers in the pop and country charts every single decade for the past fifty years, a feat no other artist has matched. This multi-artist spectacular features performers that Rogers has both befriended and inspired, including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Oak Ridge Boys, Sheena Easton, Alison Krauss, Billy Currington, Chris Isaak, Darius Rucker, Smokey Robinson, and the original members of the First Edition…all singing songs from Rogers’ remarkable catalogue of hits. Rogers also performs legendary classics, such as “The Gambler” and “Islands In The Stream.” From the looks of things, he’s just getting started on the next 50 years!

Tickling Leo

Set around the days of Yom Kippur, “Tickling Leo” is a contemporary drama that follows three generations of one Jewish family whose secrets threaten to wipe away its future. When he loses touch with his estranged father, Zak Pikler (Daniel Sauli) and his pregnant girlfriend Delphina (Annie Parisse) travel to an abandoned Catskills lake where the eccentric poet Warren Yitzchak Pikler (Lawrence Pressman) is living in solitude and declining health. As Zak copes with his father’s dementia, Delphina inadvertently uncovers a secret the Piklers have been hiding since World War II: an impossible sacrifice they made in order to join Rudolph Kasztner’s controversial train out of Hungary.

Rights: LocoDistro: 2011-2014

Roadie [2011]

Provided International Sales + Distribution services for the critically acclaimed music film at markets including EFM, MIPtv, Cannes, MIPcom, AFM.

A Showcase for the outsized acting talent of Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, and Jill Hennessy”—Variety
Winner: Jury Award Best Feature-Stony Brook Film Festival.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival.

For over 20 years, Jimmy Testagross lived his childhood dream of working as a roadie for the band The Blue Oyster Cult. But the band’s glory days are a distant memory and Jimmy eventually loses his job. With no place to go, Jimmy returns to his childhood home in New York 20 years after high school. There, he revisits old relationships, his ailing mom, a high school crush, his former nemesis, and most importantly, his relationship with himself. He still carries the resentments and frustrations of his youth, and has allowed them to define who and what he is. In a gripping drama, Jimmy faces the choice to let go of the past and take responsibility for himself …or continue to live a life of frustration.

Tyrannosaurus Sex

In an otherwise normal development meeting with Discovery Channel, the question was asked to Gabriel Gornell “what kind of dinosaur special can you give us that we’ve never seen before?”  The answer was half a joke—but the network said yes.  And premiered it on Valentines Day.  Albeit unexpected, the Tyrannosaurus Sex TV special went on to receive praise from outlets that ranged from Fox News  to Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List”