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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

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday the guys from Demon Hunter were in town to shoot their new video. We worked on the Universal Studios lot, not far from where they film "The Office" and the offices for Amblin Entertainment.

We hung out on the "town square" set from "Back to the Future," though unfortunately, the clock tower is now gone ("Save the clocktower!"), just like the theme park ride.

That shot above is from the Demon Hunter video. It's going to be so sick.

The band's call time was at 7PM and they worked until nearly 8AM the next morning (we left for our two hour drive home about 2:30AM) and the following day we were all back together, this time near Pasadena at an old monk's abbey for a photo shoot.

My friend Dylan begins his full-time employment with Superhero Artist Management today.

I never realized just how much As I Lay Dying's old stuff sounds like Zao. The song "Illusions" is straight up like an outtake from Blood and Fire. Everything I've heard on A Long March: The First Recordings sounds like Zao thus far, haha.

Luckily the guys in AILD have taken Zao on tour, had Dan Weyandt on their records, and otherwise shown love and appreciation.

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