In partnership with the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, we were proud to celebrate Kenny Rogers’ amazing 50 years in entertainment, Gabriel Gornell Executive Produced the television special overseeing all aspects of the event weekend and production including financing, distribution, production, venue management, and marketing.
Among many other facets to the weekend—the televised event included performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Wynonna Judd, Chris Isaak, Sheena Easton, Tim McGraw, Smokey Robinson, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington, Alison Krauss, The Oak Ridge Boys, Billy Dean, Linda Davis, and the original First Edition.
Here is one select (televised) scene from the weekend’s never-ending series of events.
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).
Gabriel Gornell provided executive-level strategic planning, distribution services, creative packaging, and full production oversight to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—and specifically the classic Daytime Emmy Brand. During this time we oversaw both the 39th Annual and 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to record media impressions.
40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards For the second year in a row, LocoDistro was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to oversee all aspects of 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.
Here is a memorable performance from Il Volo… from the 40th
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!
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.