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 MIP@LocoDistro.com 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

LINK TO TRAILER AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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.  http://catalinafilm.org/news/film-market/

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

ABOUT:

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 www.CatalinaFF.org or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/CatalinaFilm or Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatalinaFilm. The 2013 Catalina Film Market and Festival run September 18-22, with special celebrity and industry guests!

 

Who is Nancy? (2013)

For the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards from LocoDistro and Executive Producer Gabriel Gornell a series of comedic shorts were produced with Writer, Producer, Actress Nancy Lee Grahn and writer Kaore Bonnell.

Battles BC

As Founding partner and Executive Producer of Four In Hand Entertainment Group—Gabriel Gornell served as Executive Producer of the epic eight episode series Battles BC for History Channel.

Prepare for a riveting portrayal of some of the most exciting battles of ancient history–as well as the tales of betrayal, lust, conquest and brutality that often accompanied them. BATTLES BC: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE, the exciting series from HISTORY, uses computer graphics and live-action stunts to bring to life the battle strategies, tactics, and weapons of past military leaders, from Hannibal and the Romans to Moses, the Athenians, and David.

Using a graphic style similar to 300, the graphic novel that became a Hollywood blockbuster, BATTLES BC: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE shows how leaders from the ancient world fared in some of the greatest conflicts in history, exposing the truths and myths behind the legendary feats of the epic heroes and villains who didn’t just wage war, but invented it.

39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

In 2012 LocoDistro was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to produce the Daytime Emmy Awards and help reinvent the classic Emmy brand with Gabriel Gornell serving as Executive Producer.  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.

Check out our photo gallery for highlights from the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  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.

See our photo gallery for amazing images from this year’s show. Congrats to all the Emmy nominees and winners!

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!