In 2011 the star-studded tribute special conceived and executive produced by Gabriel Gornell received full-page coverage in People Magazine. The special included such acts as Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Wynonna Judd, Alison Krauss, and many more.
For Locomotive Entertainment Distribution, founded in September 2009 as a division of The Locomotive Entertainment Group, MIPTV 20 marks the company’s first official outing to MIPTV, at which Colleen Seldin, Locomotive Distribution’s President, announces acquisition of two informative children’s series for buyers in the international marketplace: B. I. Group’s Bubble Bubble Cook and Moray Black Productions’ Job Jumpers from Emmy Award-winning producer, Len Stone (“What’s Up?”).
Gabriel Gornell, Chief Creative Officer of Locomotive Distribution said: “I fell in love with Bubble Bubble Cook moments after meeting Joon Lee at Kidscreen. The creative is so fresh and so funny… and the fact that “Bubble” supports kid nutrition and good eating habits is hugely important for us. “
Colleen Seldin, President Locomotive Distribution added: “Job Jumpers is equally important as it inspires kids to think about their futures and showcases careers with hands on experience. We hope that both of these deals are the start of two great partnerships for the future.”
Joon Lee, Producer B.I Group commented: “Locomotive Distribution is the perfect fit for B.I. Group and Bubble Bubble Cook. They’ve got the right mix of sales experience, worldwide reach, and creative firepower. We’re excited about working with them to take this property to audiences outside of Korea, where we premiered last month.”
Producer, Len Stone said: “When the idea of Job Jumpers occurred to me, I ran the idea past several colleagues of mine. Everybody (and their kids) thought it was a great concept, including Moray Black Productions. In partnership with Moray’s company, I produced a 30 minute pilot that turned out to be….as the kids would say….Totally Awesome!”
Moray Black of Moray Black Productions concluded: “Both Len and I agree that our greatest stroke of good fortune was when Gabe and Colleen with Locomotive Entertainment Group offered to represent the show. The advice and counsel already provided by Locomotive is proving to be invaluable and their commitment and faith in our program is providing what we believe will be the springboard to our ultimate success.”
About Locomotive Entertainment Group
Founded in September 2009 Locomotive Entertainment Group is a New York City based film and television production company that develops and produces programming as Locomotive Creative Services, with Locomotive Distribution handling worldwide distribution for film, television and new media. The company’s productions span genres including, action, science fiction, horror, comedy, sports, science and technology. Current productions include a broadcast special for Discovery Channel called Tyrannosaurus Sex, and Kenny Rogers: The First 50 years for MGM Grand and Dreamcatcher Entertainment
14 April, 2010 | By Wendy Mitchell
New production and international sales company Locomotive Group has taken on rights pre-Cannes for The Hot Potato.
The project, which Locomotive Distribution president Colleen Seldin describes as a British caper/thriller in the vein of In Bruges or The Italian Job, will star Ray Winstone as well as his daughter Lois Winstone.The plot is about a few London East End guys in 1969 who accidentally find a stash of weapons-grade uranium and try to sell it. The film will shoot at the end of 2010 with writer/director Tim Lewiston and his production company Wardour Pictures (formed with Peter Joly and Tony Townsen).
New York-based Locomotive, which is attending MIPTV this week, will start active pre-sales discussions on The Hot Potato at Cannes Market. They hope to have a UK distributor on board as one of the first key pre-sales.
Locomotive was launched in September 2009 by Group president Gabriel Gornell (a TV production veteran) and former Miramax executive Seldin, who met through mutual industry friends.
Gornell says: “We’re two companies with a single vision.” Seldin handles sales, marketing and distribution, while Gornell does the creative producing; they do overlap as needed.
The sales arm will handle most of the production side’s projects, but will take on third-party films and TV shows as well.
Gornell says: “The creative side can lend creative services to productions being sold, and the sales side can come in with market expertise for productions at an early stage. It’s a true boutique approach.”
Here at MIPTV, Locomotive has taken on two new TV projects: children’s animated nutrition series Bubble Bubble Cook and a new children’s series called Job Jumpers. The latter, from Moray Black Productions and Emmy winning producer Len Stone, is about kids getting hands-on experience with exciting careers. Seldin noted the latter will have formats potential in other territories.
The documentary slate includes Brian Jamieson’s Nancy Kwon story To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen‘s Journey.
Locomotion also has a number of titles from Mpower (for whom Seldin was formerly a consultant). Those are Rwanda-set documentary As We Forgive, scientific exploration documentary Star of Bethlehem, and award-winning drama The Stoning of Soraya M. starring Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Another forthcoming Locomotive project from Mpower is Robert Kirbyson’s Snowmen, a family friendly coming-of-age story about three boys who want to be remembered for their record-setting stunts. Ray Liotta co-stars.
The company’s other projects include a one-off Kenny Rogers 50th anniversary concert and tribute (taped recently for broadcast later this year), and Gornell’s Tyrannosaurus Sex (already broadcast in the US on the Discovery Channel).
Going forward, Seldin notes, “We’re trying to keep a mix of different genres, different formats.”
Gornell adds: “We want strong creative partners, good stories and smart distribution plans.”
Locomotive expects to add more film titles to its slate ahead of Cannes Market.
NEW YORK — In an unusual deal, content producer Locomotive Distribution and the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut have entered a multi-year strategic alliance to develop and produce live event weekends that will center around special music, sports and variety show productions to be broadcast on TV.
Locomotive president Gabriel Gornell and Joseph Jimenez, senior vp, casino marketing at Foxwoods, said Locomotive will produce and tape for broadcast three events per year at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods in front of live audiences.
The first event is a previously announced Kenny Rogers concert — “Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years” — which tapes April 10. It will include performances by Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Sheena Easton, among others. It will also feature taped performances from Tim McGraw and others.
Locomotive will offer international rights for broadcast and DVD at MIPTV in Cannes next month.
The second event weekend will have a baseball theme. In cooperation with Rawlings, the company behind the annual Gold Glove Awards, the weekend will celebrate baseball’s best and culminate in a star-studded ceremony.
“Together we will develop amazing televised talent that will leverage our visibility as a pinnacle for national entertainment,” explained Jimenez about Foxwoods’ focus.
“We’re producing more than just event television,” emphasized Gornell. “We’re producing destination event weekends that center around a TV special.”
Gornell founded Locomotive last year with Colleen Seldin. The company develops and produces films, TV programming and live TV events in a multitude of genres. Its “Tyrannosaurus Sex” aired on Discovery Channel in February.
How about dinosaur sex? he half-joked.
Soon after it was one of their most talked about specials even making the prestigious Entertainment Weekly Top 10 “Must List” at number 3!
February 15, 2010
How did a ferocious T.rex woo his lady? How did a Stegosaurus couple negotiate sex with all those deadly plates and spikes? On Valentine’s Day, Discovery Channel answered those questions and more with something truly romantic: dinosaur sex.
The special “Tyrannosaurus Sex” premiered at 10 p.m. Sunday night on The Discovery Channel, exploring the field of dinosaur reproduction. The show, created by production firm Locomotive Entertainment Group is based on new research and interviews with paleobiologists (scientists who study the biology of ancient life). And it includes brand new CGI effects that bring life to one of the last mysteries of these great beasts.
“We wanted to develop a dinosaur special that touched on something we hadn’t seen before,” director Gabriel Gornell told FoxNews.com. “There have been a lot of findings of late with regards to egg patterns, nesting patterns and rituals and so on, but the actual sex? It’s an area that hasn’t really been explored.”
The million dollar question has to be, just how graphic will “Tyrannosaurus Sex” get?
“It’s something they never showed us in the “Jurassic Park” films, that much I can tell you,” said Gornell. “How big is the dinosaur penis? We go there,” he joked.
Gornell is quick to explain that while the topic may be entertaining, the images and scenes in the show are all based on interviews with scientists and years of solid research.
Locomotive worked closely with several scientists, including Ken Carpenter, the chief preparator and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Kristy Curry Rogers, assistant professor of vertebrate paleontology from Macalester College in Minnesota.
“Ultimately we had to make sure that everything we were doing was spot on,” Gornell says. “It’s one thing to have the sizzle of animating dinosaurs having sex, but what takes it to the next level is when the information is there. It really is a learning experience for the viewer.
There have been many interesting findings in recent years, agrees Hans-Dieter Sues, curator of vertebrate paleontology with the Smithsonian Institute’s Department of Paleobiology in Washington D.C.
“We now have evidence that some species of dinosaurs looked after their babies after they hatched from the eggs. At least one species had nests that were brooded by one parent. (There are several skeletons actually preserved squatting on top of their eggs!)” he told FoxNews.com.
How accurate can the series be? Sues points out that paleobiologists today have enough evidence to distinguish males and females in some species, including T. rex.
“The females of T. rex were apparently larger than the males. More and more discoveries show that many dinosaurs were very similar to birds in aspects of their biology — and that presumably included their mating behavior,” he explained.
The Discovery Channel’s recent series “Clash of the Dinosaurs” revealed just how accurate depictions based on current research can get, using the latest three-dimensional renderings and computer graphics to present present the most realistic images of dinosaurs yet.
The Discovery Channel is celebrating Valentine’s Day with “Tyrannosaurus Sex,” an hour-long special that probes the courtship rituals and mating habits of dinosaurs.
“‘Tyrannosaurus Sex’ doesn’t just answer the questions, it shows dinosaur sex in all its glory with state-of-the-art CGI animation,” reads a press release.
“The scenes created for the special are all based on fact,” it continues. “Interviews with scientists on the cutting-edge of paleontology bring new life to one of the last mysteries of these mighty giants.”
Viewers will be treated to colorful CGI simulations that attempt to solve 65 million-year-old mysteries such as, how did the Stegosaurus practice safe sex with those deadly plates and spikes? How does a female Titanosaur handle her male partner whose body is as long as a four-story building is high? And in what way, exactly, does one woo a Tyrannosaurus?
Kenny Rogers To Mark 50 Years In Music On TV
By Associated Press
February 5, 2010
Country music veteran Kenny Rogers is marking 50 years in the music business with a star-studded TV special.
“Pretty courageous, isn’t it?” Rogers, 71, said in a phone interview, laughing.
“The whole idea is to get together with some friends of mine,” he added. “I really don’t want it to be a tribute. That’s not what my deal is. It’s kind of a celebration.”
Friends including Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Lionel Richie and Wynonna Judd are already signed on to take part in “Kenny Rogers – The First 50 Years,” which will tape on April 10 at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods in Connecticut.
The special will take viewers through the six decades of Rogers’ hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Lady” and the Dolly Parton duet “Islands In The Stream.” Entertainers who have known Rogers throughout the years will host segments of the show. Rogers will also perform, and he hopes that producers build in some unscripted time.
“I’m at my best when they turn me loose and just let me do something,” he said.
There will undoubtedly be pictures and videos spanning six decades as well. Rogers is ready to embrace his fashion history. He started out in a jazz band wearing three-piece suits, but then changed it up when he joined The First Edition in 1967
“I had never had a beard, and I parted my hair on the side like everybody else did,” he said. “Then when I got in The First Edition, I was the oldest one, and they were saying, ‘You may be too old for this group,’ and I said, “Whoa, whoa, hold on. Give me a chance here.’ So I went back and parted my hair in the middle, which was a little more contemporary. I put an earring in my ear, and then I grew a beard, and I wore those brown, rose-colored glasses to kind of give me an identification for that era.”
While he has adapted to changing fashions, Rogers said the secret to long-term success is to be genuine.
“Everybody is three people. We’re who we think we are, we’re who the audience thinks we are, and we’re who we really are, and the closer those three people are together, the longer your career can last,” he said. “You can be a jerk, if you’re a jerk all the time. But I think you have to be what you represent. The audience doesn’t like to be fooled.”
As for his next 50 years, Rogers is clear about his goals.
“Musically, I think I’m capable of making hit songs. Will they get played? Radio has said to me four or five times since my big success, ‘Do a great song, and we’ll play it.’ They did it with ‘The Greatest.’ The did it with ‘Buy Me a Rose.’ They did it with ‘I Can’t Unlove You.’ So I think I just have to find that song they can’t say ‘no’ to, and I will constantly be trying to do that.”
The network airing “Kenny Rogers – The First 50 Years” will be announced later. The special will also be syndicated internationally.
Rogers has sold over 105 million albums, earned dozens of awards, including three Grammys, and is ranked 8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of top selling male artists of all time. His television movie, “The Gambler,” is one of the highest rated TV movies of all time.
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