Hollywood Reporter 5/24/2012

_HR_banner_5_24 _HR_headline_5_24 _HR_Photo_5_24 _HR_subhead_5_24_12With barely a month to go before the June 23 Daytime Emmy Awards, HLN has finalized a deal to air the annual awards show.

The 39th edition of the Emmys was left without a TV home when CBS, which aired the show the previous two years, declined to make room on its schedule for the telecast, which was produced by Associated Television International. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences parted ways with ATI, which leased the time from CBS while CBS sold advertising and product placement, after last year’s show. Other broadcast networks declined to pick up the Daytime Emmys, which have struggled to stay relevant in the face of declining ratings and outright cancellation of once mighty daytime soap operas.

This marks the first time the ceremony will air on cable. This year’s telecast will be produced by Gabriel Gornell of LocoDistro and will feature tributes to recently cancelled programs including All My Children and One Life to Live.

”In a statement, Scot Safon, executive vp and general manager of HLN, said the network is “thrilled to work with NATAS to celebrate some of television’s best programs and performances.”

“Every day we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we’re very excited to also be carrying the event itself,” he added.

NATAS chairman Malachy Wienges noted that the show will be “fresh” and “creative.” NATAS also promised “surprise guests” and “unusual presenter pairings.”



“It’s exciting be working with both NATAS and HLN on such an important event as the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Gornell. “I couldn’t have hoped for a better fit with them as creative partners as we pay tribute to some of the very best that entertainment has to offer.

Bill Geddie, executive producer of The View, is this year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient. Barbara Walters will present the award at the black tie ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton.

A host has yet to be named.

Inside Cable News 5/24/2012


2012 Show Includes Tributes to Outgoing Series & Beloved Talent; Spotlight on Innovative Programs

NEW YORK, NY, May 24, 2012—HLN grabs the reigns as the host network of the 39th annual daytime entertainment Emmy® Awards to be presented live from The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 23, 8-10 p.m., ET/PT, it was announced by Scot Safon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HLN, and Malachy Wienges, Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“HLN is thrilled to work with NATAS to celebrate some of television’s best programs and performances,” said Safon. “Every day we focus on the news and information people talk about, and that has included extensive coverage of the Daytime Emmys in the past. This year, we’re very excited to also be carrying the event itself.”

“The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) is very excited to announce that the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards will be broadcast live on HLN on Saturday, June 23, from The Beverly Hilton hotel, in Beverly Hills, California,” said Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.

“Working with the show’s producer, Gabriel Gornell of LocoDistro, we are preparing a new, fresh, creative show that will honor all the genres that make Daytime Television part of our daily lives. These shows include Daytime Dramas, Children’s and Animation Programming, Game Shows, Courtroom, Talk, Culinary, and the Morning Shows.”

Wienges also noted that with Barbara Walters presenting Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of “The View” and the “Barbara Walters Specials” with the 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award, “this will be one of the most exciting Daytime Emmy® broadcasts in years!”

This year’s presentation will feature thoughtful and celebratory tributes to beloved shows that recently have finished their run, including All My Children (nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”) and One Life to Live; a look back at the daytime TV landscape through the years juxtaposed with today’s innovative programming lineup and platforms; surprise guests and unusual presenter pairings.

Fan input will be an integral part of the presentation with featured segments on air and online at HLNtv.com. Presenters and additional program information will be announced within a few weeks. The 39th annual daytime Emmy Awards is produced by LocoDistro; Gabriel Gornell is Chief Creative Officer and the show’s producer.

“It’s exciting be working with both NATAS and HLN on such an important event as the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Gornell. “I couldn’t have hoped for a better fit with them as creative partners as we pay tribute to some of the very best that entertainment has to offer.”


Variety 5/24/2012

_Variety_banner_5_24_Variety_headline_5_24Ending the uncertainty over its broadcast future with barely a month before the black ties hit the Beverly Hilton, the Daytime Emmys have a deal for a new television home with HLN, which will televise the kudos live on June 23.

The 39th edition of the event, which had spent the past two years on CBS, will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific, with encore broadcasts to follow on HLN, which reaches approximately 95 million homes domestically. It will be the Daytime Emmys’ first appearance on cable.

Mark Lucas will direct the kudocast, which drew a 0.8 rating and 3 share among adults 18-49 for CBS last year (airing on a Sunday) and 5.4 million viewers overall. A host has not been finalized but is expected to be announced within the next two weeks.

LocoDistro, led by CEO Colleen Seldin and chief creative officer Gabriel Gornell, signed on to produce. The shingle came on board after Associated Television International parted ways with the Daytime Emmys in February.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Malachy Wienges told Variety that the daytime community was “unhappy” with the previous two shows.

The org went to several producers looking for a fresher take.

“After the last show, the daytime community approached NATAS and said that if we have to do the show in 2012 the exact same as in 2010 and 2011, we would rather have an untelevised event and just have a sit-down dinner and honor ourselves in Beverly Hills.” Wienges said.

The new approach will focus on a celebration of daytime TV at a time of transition for the industry, which has seen such defining dramas as “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” leave the air in the past year.

_Variety_5_24_quote_1Word of HLN’s interest in the Daytime Emmys emerged in early May. HLN exec veep and general manager Scot Safon said that from the first moment the cabler was approached in March as a potential television partner, there was a natural fit.

“HLN focuses on news stories and information and things that our audience wants to talk about,” Safon said. “That includes the celebrations like the Emmy awards. If there’s a fanbase there, which for daytime television is an enormous fanbase, and the show was really going to delight that fanbase, then we were interested in presenting that — because that’s a news event to them.”

HLN and parent company Turner, which also provides the annual home for the Screen Actors Guild awards on TNT and TBS, are developing a number of promos to draw attention to the kudocast.


_Variety_5_24_quote_2There had been speculation, following the withdrawal of ATI and CBS, that the Daytime Emmys might end up as a webcast or untelevised on any medium, but Wienges said that was not a possibility given the interest from “a couple of cable companies and agencies.”






People Magazine 3/7/2011

_People_banner_3_7In 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.  _People_KennyCover_People_KR_Page

Business Of Film 4/15/2010

_BizOfFilm_Banner_4_15 _BizOfFilm_Photo_4_15April 15, 2010

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



Screen Daily 4/14/2010

_ScreenDaily_4_14 _ScreenDaily_headline_4_14Ray Winstone will star in the British caper/thriller.

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.




Hollywood Reporter 3/24/2010

_HR_Foxwoods_3_24 _HR_Foxwoods_headline _HR_Foxwoods_subheadNEW 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.



Entertainment Weekly 3/5/2010

_EW_Banner_3_5_10_EW_Cover_3_5_10 _EW_Spread_3_5_EW_No_3In 2010, Discovery Channel challenged Gabriel Gornell to come up with a dinosaur special that they’ve never been pitched before.

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!