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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

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.

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