14th Annual Biola Media Conference Announces
Keynote Speakers including Joe Eszterhas, Ralph Winter,
Terry Botwick, Phil Cooke and Susan Isaacs.
Experts Navigate “CLOSING THE DEAL”
in Hollywood and the Global Media Markets
January 13, 2009 --
LOS ANGELES, CA. --- Biola Media is proud to announce an outstanding line up of keynote speakers at this year’s Biola Media Conference. On April 25, 2009 the conference will return to CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA for its annual gathering.
The Biola Media Conference is recognized as the largest and most influential national gathering for industry professionals of faith in the entertainment field today, uniquely providing spiritual inspiration alongside informative, creative and professional opportunities.
These experts will share their thoughts and experiences in helping attendees to navigate the challenging world of film, TV and digital media, examining the conference theme “Closing the Deal.”
2009 Keynote speakers include (Bios below):
Joe Eszterhas – Screenwriter/Author. Writer of Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge and Flashdance.
Ralph Winter – Executive Producer. X-MEN, Planet of the Apes, Fantastic Four, Wolverine
Terry Botwick – Producer/CEO of 1019 Entertainment. Managed Fox’s production of Space Chimps and MGM’s Ribbit. Former VP of CBS Entertainment.
Susan Isaacs – Writer/Comedienne. TV co-star on Seinfield, My Name is Earl and author of Angry Conversations with God.
Phil Cooke – Director/Author. Branding Faith, The Last TV Evangelist.
“We’ve seen production partnerships formed, agents secured, and distribution deals made as a result of this conference, but most importantly, we’ve seen people come away challenged and inspired by the high caliber of industry pro’s who come to share their expertise with us,” states Peggy Rupple, Co-Director of the Biola Media Conference. “This year looks to be exceptional.”
Still to-be-announced workshops will feature the art of pitching, knowing what projects Hollywood is looking for, discovering niche projects, no-budget filmmaking, legal aspects of deal-making, how power is used in Hollywood, living out your faith, and much more.
"This not-to-be-missed event compacts into one day an opportunity like no other," notes Jack Hafer, Producer, To End All Wars and Chair of Biola’s internationally acclaimed Cinema and Media Arts program. "It’s a chance to discover concrete direction for your career and put you in the touch with the people and resources anyone serious about a career in entertainment or media needs to know." The Biola Media Conference is sponsored by Biola University.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS BIOS:
Joe Eszterhas has written 15 films that have grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office, including Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance and Showgirls. Two of the five books he’s written have received the distinction of The New York Times Bestsellers, and his non-fiction novel Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse was nominated for a National Book Award. He has been called “The Che Guevara of screenwriters” (Daily Variety), “a living Hollywood legend” (ABC’s 20/20), and Time Magazine states “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name would be Joe Eszterhas?” Joe’s latest book is “Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.”
Ralph Winter has produced over 25 films, grossing over $2 billion dollars worldwide, as well as produced and directed TV for Steven Speilberg at Dreamworks. This list includes the following Academy Award nominated films: X-Men, X-Men United, Fantastic Four, Mighty Joe Young, Star Trek VI, Star Trek IV, and Planet of the Apes. Ralph's recent films include X-Men: The Last Stand, Thr3e, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Currently Ralph is a partner in a new joint film company, 1019 Productions and founding partner of the commercial production company Thomas Winter Cooke.
Terry Botwick has had an amazing career in television and motion pictures. As former President of Vanguard Films, Terry managed the production of the CGI animated Space Chimps for Fox, and Ribbit for MGM. He arranged $120 million for the co-publishing of video games and spearheaded Vanguard’s expansion into the direct to video business with MGM. Prior to Vanguard, Terry was founder of Thunderpoint Partners, where he arranged a co-finance and distribution partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment. As former SVP at CBS Entertainment, he helped the network rise from third to first place and oversaw all primetime series programming (developing three successful series) and special events (Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, etc.). His eclectic resume also includes broad-ranging successes such as: President of Worldwide Television Distribution and Production for Hearst Corporation, (which produced 12-14 television movies per year), Founder/CEO of e-learning company Spongelab, and President/COO of Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales).
Susan Issacs is a writer and comedienne with credits in TV, film, stage and radio. Her numerous TV credits include co-starring roles on Seinfield, My Name is Earl, Providence and more. An alumnus of the Groundlings Sunday Company, she has written numerous works for NPR’s Weekend America, Sit N Spin at Comedy Central Stage, and Show and Tell at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. Her memoir “Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky, but Authentic Spiritual Memoir” explores the idea that if her relationship with God was supposed to be a marriage, she and God needed marriage counseling.
Phil Cooke is a television producer with a Ph.D. in Theology, Phil Cooke advises many of the largest and most effective non-profit and faith-based organizations in the world. He’s appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Network, his work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal and Christianity Today magazine called him a “media guru.” He’s also a founding partner in TWC Films – a commercial production company that produced two spots for the 2008 Super Bowl. His new book is: The Last TV Evangelist: Why The Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Religious Media. Phil is changing the way religious organizations and non-profits use the media to engage the culture.
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