For 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.
For 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.
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.
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.
Spending 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?
The day after the market I decided to keep my iPhone in hand, and photograph the goings-on as I shopped for the wife and kids. 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.
Americans 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 go 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.
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.
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 result 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.
In 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!
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!
Lastly, 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.