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2014 Biola Media Conference ~ Studio City, CA ~ May 3rd

2014 Biola Media Conference ~
Studio City, CA ~ May 3rd


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Biola Media Conference



                  2014 Biola Media Conference                       

The Biola Media Conference is the largest national conference for entertainment professionals of faith working in mainstream media today. The annual event draws 700+ attendees in search of professional training and instruction from some of the most influential individuals in Film, TV, PR, Media Marketing, Management and Digital Media today. Topics cover every aspect of media related careers, technologies, and ministries from the creative, to the financial, to the production process. Visit for more information.

Come and celebrate the finest artists working in film and television today as we continue the Great Cinema Masters Series at the 19th annual Biola Media Conference that will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 on the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City, California. This location creates the perfect environment to learn, engage, and interact with today’s leaders of the film, television and digital media industries. This is the year of “Great Producers”, where we will learn from the greatest minds in the business as they share their experiences and knowledge of how to get projects made from start to finish. Plus we will have our usual lineup of stellar workshops, live entertainment, and networking with people who can help equip you. Once again you will get a chance to rub shoulders with top industry pros who will share what took them a lifetime to learn.

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General and breakout sessions will be conducted onsite in several of the soundstages on the lot. This year will again feature significant time for personal connection and networking, much of which will take place on the CBS “New York Street” set location featuring a media fair and networking events.

The Biola Media Conference is recognized as THE premiere event for Christians working in the entertainment field, and its impact is being felt globally. The entire event is sponsored by the Cinema and Media Arts Department at Biola University, one of the most effective and successful entertainment degree programs in the country.

Located only 30 miles from the entertainment capital of the world, Biola attracts and supplies unprecedented access to industry professionals and opportunities, bringing an integrated standard of professionalism and Christian faith that is helping to change our world.

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“I wasn’t prepared for how inspirational the Biola Media Conference would be to me. All those young people… with the Holy Spirit blazing brightly in their eyes! I was so moved. I felt such a sense of divine empowerment.” Joe Eszterhas, Hollywood Legend: Screenwriter of 16 films grossing more than $1billion at the box office, Author of Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith, Biola Media Conference 2009 Keynote Speaker

“This generation is visual, digital, and connected. Reaching this culture continues to be the greatest challenge ever faced. Our goal is to create a new strategy for reaching an image based generation.” Ralph Winter, Executive Producer X-Men, X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

“At the Biola Media Conference, the focus is on the real-life, practical issues of producing films and creating television and other media. Theoretical discussions are nice, but if you want to get your hands dirty and make a real difference, then this is the place to be.” Phil Cooke, President and Creative Director of Cooke Pictures, Founding Partner of TWC Films

“Biola continues to emerge as the best place around for young Christian filmmakers to develop a unique point of view, and to become excellent at their craft.” Scott Derrickson, Director/Screenwriter of Exorcism of Emily Rose, Biola Alumnus (’89)

“The spiritual and practical importance of this conference should not be underestimated. Attendees hear wisdom from accomplished professionals who care about them. Discussions are started and deals have been made as a direct result of this event.” Scott A Shuford, Founder & President of FrontGate Media & Cofounder of the non-profit My Broken Place

“The Biola Media Conference is a wonderful event for people aspiring to integrate their faith into the real entertainment marketplace to connect with seasoned professionals and each other. I have seen great inspiration happen there, but also important new relationships forged that continue well beyond any one conference.” Terry Botwick, Co Founder 1019 Entertainment, Producer/Writer “Cool It,” former president of Vanguard Films & Animation, former COO of Big Idea Productions, and former SVP of Programming for CBS


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Each year’s event features top speakers from all aspects of the industry. Surprise guests frequently appear to speak and attend each year. Speakers from previous Biola Media events include:


DICK COOK – Former Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

SEAN ASTIN – Actor: The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, Rudy

DEVON FRANKLIN – SVP of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures

RYAN COOGLER – Sundance Best Director for “Fruitvale Station”

DANIEL DESTIN CRETTON – SXSW Critic and Audience Choice “Short Term 12” Director

KEVIN KELLY – Wired Magazine Founder

LORI MCCREARY – Producer/CEO of Revelation Entertainment with Morgan Freeman

MICHAEL FLAHERTY – President, Walden Media

MARK ZORADI – Former President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group

RALPH WINTER – Producer, 1019 Entertainment, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wolverine

TERRY BOTWICK – Co-founder 1019 Entertainment, Producer/Writer “Cool It”, formerly COO of Big Idea Productions, and SVP of Programming for CBS

PHIL COOKE – Producer, Director, and Author

JESSE BRYAN – Creative Director, Mars Hill Church

JUSTIN CHANG – Film Critic, Variety

JIM KRUEGER – Comic Writer/Filmmaker

PERRY LANARO – VP of Corporate Finance, Paramount Pictures

MATT MEEKS – Social Media Strategist Fox Television, Paramount, NBC Universal

DAN RUPPLE – Comedy Writer/Producer, CEO of Seriously Funny Entertainment

SCOTT DERRICKSON – Writer/Director, The Exorcism of Emily Rose

STEVE MCEVEETY – Producer of Passion of the Christ, Braveheart, We Were Soldiers

ARTHUR ANDERSON – Producer/Director, Face Off, Mission Impossible II, MI:3

KEN WALES – Producer, Amazing Grace



The Biola Media Conference exposes your organization to an audience of film and media producers, directors, writers, actors, media arts pastors, academic leaders, musicians, technology managers, executives, and students.

This year’s annual event expects 700+ attendees actively involved in every aspect and arena of film making, television production, news media, digital media, animation, music licensing, radio production, media management, financing and technologies.


erwin-mcmanusErwin McManus

Proud to announce Erwin McManus as the 2014 keynote speaker.

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is also the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity. His newest book, The Artisan Soul, is a Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller and is now available.

Erwin has a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University. Erwin is an artist, entrepreneur, cultural thought leader and the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, California. Known for its innovation, creativity, and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America.

Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, including professional athletes, Wall Street investors, and at universities, film studios, and conferences across the world. Erwin sees the imagination as the principle vehicle through which we create a better self, a better world, and a better future. He argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. Creativity, McManus contends, is a natural expression of our spirituality.

When we are most fully alive we create out of love all that is good and beautiful and true. In The Artisan Soul we are called to embrace our inherent creative genius and to embrace our role in the creation of a beautiful future. Visit him online at


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