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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AltPress: Of Mice & Men


Kicking the year off with my first cover story of 2014! Of Mice & Men graces the cover of February's Alternative Press. These things are always a beast to put together, but it's always a joy to hold the finished product in my hands. My first cover story for Alternative Press was on Dashboard Confessional over 10 years ago (my second was on Dashboard Confessional, again).

Since then, I've delivered cover stories on Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Pierce The Veil, Falling In Reverse (twice), Green Day, Vans Warped Tour (complete oral history), Sleeping With Sirens (twice), Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Coheed & Cambria and AFI, as well as several collaborative efforts on Warped Tour, Most Anticipated Albums, Taste Of Chaos and more.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Billboard: Oliver Withöft RIP


I wrote this short obituary about my friend and colleague, Oliver Withöft. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

James Avery RIP

Most folks in America remembered him as Uncle Phil from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," but to a large segment of the pop culture loving population, he was the voice of Shredder, as well.

I've produced a number of special features for Lionsgate's DVD collections of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series (by the way, the current incarnation on Nickelodeon is awesome!).

I setup an interview with Pat Fraley (voice of Krang) and he was kind enough to let us use his home to speak with his old pal James Avery, as well. Avery was in the midst of doing Shakespeare at that time. I also seem to remember him having a cast, maybe on one of his legs? Anyway, he was great.

Here's my interview with the late James Avery. RIP, sir.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

AltPress: Most Anticipated 2014



I've contributed to another cover story! That there Mr. Ronnie Radke there in the center? That story is mine inside this issue, which "streets" January 7th. I've got a couple more inside the issue, as well. More info: RIGHT HERE.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

AltPress Readers Poll: Thank You!



The readers of Alternative Press voted on their Top 3 print articles of 2013. All three of the ones they chose were mine! Thank you, readers! Feeling truly blessed by it. Thank you. 


Friday, December 06, 2013

Top Albums Of 2013

These are the records that knocked my socks off...






01. The Dillinger Escape Plan, One of Us is the Killer 
02. Integrity, Suicide Black Snake 
03. Beastmilk, Climax
04. Kylesa, Ultraviolet 
05. Coliseum, Sister Faith 
06. SubRosa, More Constant Than the Gods
07. Purson, The Circle and the Blue Door 
08. Blood Orange, Cupid Deluxe
09. True Widow, Circumambulation 
10. Morne, Shadows 
11. Mazzy Star, Seasons of Your Day
12. Robbie Williams, Swings Both Ways 
13. My Bloody Valentine, MBV
14. Beady Eye, Be
15. Windhand, Soma
16. Deafheaven, Sunbather 
17. Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals 
18. Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
19. Ihsahn, Das Seelenbrechen 
20. Living Sacrifice, Ghost Thief 

Honorable Mention: