Il Volo [2013]

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.


BOS (1999)

Blast from the past. In 1999 I made this short film with writer Michael Shapiro, director Darek Bell, animator and sculpture genius Dan Katcher, and long-time collaborator and friend, Ben Telford as art director.  Stop motion animation is a slow, painful process.  But we were determined to forgo CGI, and keep this art project true to form.  It’s dark, twisted, troubling statement on society.  Enjoy!

Scooby Doo Game Spot (1998)

Blast from the past! This spot was produced by Gabriel Gornell in 1998 for the Toy Fair release of the Scooby Doo Thrills & Spills Game. Working for an advertising agency at the time, Gornell hired the Christopher Gentile to direct the spot that was shot on a stage in Toronto.  Gornell and Gentile went on to produce several kids spots together during this era—most of which based on major entertainment properties.  The agency was Berenter Greenhouse & Webster, the art director was Stacey Lewis, and yes… this was produced when things were still shot on 35mm Film. Zoinks!

Doug E. Fresh (scene)

Doug E. Fresh! In this clip from the Hip Hop Horror film You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You, hip hop icon Doug E. Fresh spits a new rhyme in a scene featuring James McDaniel and Michael Mosley.  The film You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You is executive produced by Spike Lee and Gabriel Gornell—who is also handling sales & distribution through his LocoDistro shingle.

Is this Football T-Shirt about Pride or Racism?

We all know that Charlie Strong is replacing Mack Brown as the new head coach at the University of Texas. So is this T-Shirt (snap shot from Etsy) about Pride or Racism?

Charlie Strong T-Shirt

Let’s be honest… that depends on who is wearing it.  If a Charlie Strong supporter who happened to be African American put it on—then it would certainly be about pride.   That’s fine by us.

Strong & BrownBut if a Mack Brown supporter who happened to be Caucasian ever put it on… well… umm…. a Caucasian Mac Brown supporter should just NEVER wear this T-Shirt.  Sorry.


The ‘Orange is the New Black’ inspiration really has got nothing to do with it.  This is the first time we officially think that some pieces of clothing are fine for one race, but NOT fine for another.  Maybe perception is 90% of reality after all.

Strong’s well-paid contract is for 5 years—and we wish him huge success in each and every one of them.  And for the record, Etsy took down the T-Shirt from their site in fear that it could certainly be viewed as racist, regardless of who is wearing it.

Man About Town (1997)

Man About Town (1997).  I executive produced this short film in 1997 and among other accolades, it went on to win Best Short Film and the Sundance Film Festival.  Wow.  Can’t believe how many years ago we made this. The director (Kris Isacsson) and I were best friends when we were teenagers—and we made movies all the time together.  Later on, we worked together a great deal professionally as well.

This little art film was made during that interesting period after school—but before I was really any sort of professional filmmaker.  The writer (and lead actor) was a friend as well.  His name is Matt Gunn, and to this day I still love the script that he wrote.

Oh.  And that’s a young me playing the Jersey guy.  Man About Town.  Hope you like it.

Condoms in Cannes

Easy-onSpending last week in Cannes I decided that this week’s blog post should be a little something about my travels, but I didn’t want it to be yet another rant about my Mipcom slate.

Now, thousands of folks who work in TV and Film descend upon Cannes three times a year (MipTV, Festival, and Mipcom) and spend their days going from Hotel to Palais to Dinner to The Grand.  And repeat.  But how many of us actually lift up our heads as we go about our business?

ManixThe day after the market I decided to keep my iPhone in hand, and photograph the goings-on as I shopped for the wife and Durex_01kids.  What did I notice?  Condom machines!  Condom machines on almost every block.  It made me think about a few things.  Sex was obviously the first thing.  But attitudes about sex was next.

The French clearly look at sex differently than Americans.  And I’m a little embarrassed to be prudish about it myself (and that’s the story I’m sticking to!).

The French look at sex as a fun, in the moment experience that feels good, that may (or may not) be tied to any level of love.  And that’s all fine.  In fact, it’s all perfect.  Sex is fun and sex happens. Therefore… make condoms available to everyone.   Men, women, teens, etc.  Put them on every corner.

2 EuroAmericans on the other hand do their best to make a teenager have to go to planned parenthood for a rubber.  Or bring a pack of condoms up to the counter at the local drugstore in front of their neighbor.  Or worse, have to ask for them behind the counter.

In America, we’d rather deal with the consequences of STDs & Teen Pregnancy if it means we can Durex_02go on pretending that we’re pure and without human urges.

Jeez… Is sex so bad that we have to hide it behind some counter as if to say “If teens must have sex, I’d rather it be unprotected.  That will show them!”  Not to mention the tipsy adult couple that just wanna get it on.  I say let them have sex.

Viva dispensers!

Mipcom, Oct 7-10—Cannes

We’re excited to be back to Mipcom with some amazing new titles in both the scripted and unscripted space.  To schedule a meeting, please email us at and we’ll respond promptly.

EDM_Poster The first new property in development from LocoDistro is the ‘First Annual EDM Awards’ slated for a Halloween 2014 live-to-tape telecast. The event looks to be a who’s who of EDM capturing both once in a lifetime performances as well as the audience experience.  Award categories and nominees to be announced June 2014.  Presentation deck available upon request.

Another property that we’re excited to bring to Mipcom is the L4e_poster_Amp_v02result of LocoDistro’s partnership with the editors of Live4ever—the preeminent source of Brit Rock music and culture.  Dubbed ‘Live4ever the series’ this is a 12 episode series that combines “Storytellers” with “Behind The Music” in a half-hour format with each episode featuring a different Brit Rock Band.  12 bands in 12 episodes representing the biggest names in Brit Rock culture.  Coinciding with BritWeek, ‘Live4ever the series’ will be shooting live to tape in Spring of 2014.  Stay tuned as bookings.  Presentation deck available upon request.

St_Seb_smallIn scripted, we’re ‘thrilled about our thriller’ and we’re excited to announce that screeners are available for the pilot episode of ‘St. Sebastians’ from director Danny DeVito.  LocoDistro will be selling St. Sebastians as an 8 x 60 horror/thriller series at Mipcom.  Screeners of the 60 Minute Pilot are available!

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

In action, you’ve seen the trailer—now read the finished script! We’re proud the share the feature-length script for the boys/action CGI epic ‘Tunnel Riders’ at Mipcom.  Stay tuned on this one cause we’ll also be announcing some exciting talent attachments for Tunnel Riders at Mipcom.  Contact us to review script!

IWTB_PosterLastly, we’re excited to share the completed script for the feature-film adaptation of New York Times Bestseller ‘I’m With The Band’ by Pamela Des Barres.  The famous ‘rock & roll memoir’ from the woman who dated the likes of Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page, and Keith Moon comes to life in the spirit on Almost Famous, Walk The Line, and The Doors.  This is a rock & roll fantasy brought to life!

Come see us at Mipcom!  We’re accepting meetings over Coffee, Cocktails, or Karaoke.

St. Sebastians


A twisted thriller from director Danny DeVito leaves you questing what’s real and what’s paranoia. One Wounded Cop. One Wounded Murderer. One Sultry Nurse. The three thrust together as war rages outside the only possibly safe house. An abandoned City Hospital. With no doctors and only a few poor decrepit souls as witnesses, it becomes a rats maze as our antagonistic trio get separated and we find out the real reason they are there.

Catalina Film Festival, Sept. 18-22—Catalina Island

CatalinaGabriel Gornell is proud (and excited) to be a Founding Panelist at the Catalina Film Festival participating in various panels & workshops September 18-22 on beautiful Catalina Island.

Come to Catalina, say hello to Gabriel, and celebrate film!


Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on the only West Coast resort island, features more than 75 films, nightly events and entertainment. From Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe, celebrities and filmmakers have flocked to Catalina for inspiration. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premieres, yacht and mansion parties, industry networking and discovering everything that the island has to offer— just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Films are screened at multiple venues around the island, including the iconic, art deco, 1,200-seat Avalon Theatre— the world’s first sound theatre. Catalina Film Festival is a competitive festival with awards in up to 10 categories, including the prestigious Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation “Great Communicator” Award, Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” Award, and the ISLA Earth Award; an honor presented by the Festival’s beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy. For more information, visit or follow us on twitter: or Facebook: The 2013 Catalina Film Market and Festival run September 18-22, with special celebrity and industry guests!