Sean AstinSTUDIO CITY, CALIF. &mdash The Biola Media Conference, part of the FrontGate Media group, is proud to announce actor, producer, director, Sean Astin, as the closing speaker on Sat., April 30th at the CBS Studio Center lot. Astin will join the lineup of talented speakers at the conference which exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals.
Having performed in more than 70 films in the past 25 years, Astin was immortalized as &ldquoMikey&rdquo in the 1980&rsquos classic, The Goonies, inspired audiences as the working class dreamer in &ldquoRudy&rdquo, and will forever be remembered as the brave and loyal Samwise Gamgee in the &ldquoThe Lord of the Rings&rdquo &nbsptrilogy.
&quotBeing around Sean Astin causes you to see the possible in the impossible,&rdquo said Ned Lott, producing partner with Sean Astin and Biola Studio Task Force member. &ldquoAs he was as Samwise Gamgee and &ldquoRudy&rdquo is the way he lives in real life &mdash strong will, faith, passion and integrity to accomplish his goals and dreams.&quot &nbsp
Astin&rsquos roles behind the camera have earned him recognition as director and producer on the Academy Award Nominated live action short film, Kangaroo Court.&nbspHis acting roles have found substantial audiences in films such as: 50 First Dates, Click, Memphis Belle, Courage Under Fire, and Encino Man &ndash with television appearances that have included: 24, Law &amp Order, My Name Is Earl and Monk.
Astin joins keynote speaker, Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, along with an all-star lineup for the 2011 Biola Media Conference that includes:
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Tom Halleen &mdash Senior Vice President, AMC
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp DeVon Franklin &mdash Vice President of Production, Columbia&nbspPictures
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Tim Naylor &mdash Visual FX Technical Director, &ldquoTransformers,&rdquo &ldquo Pirates of the Caribbean&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Bill Marsilli &mdash Screenwriter for the Jerry Bruckheimer film, &ldquoD&eacutej&agrave Vu&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Scott Smith &mdash Visual Effects, Industrial, Light and Magic
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Lisa Blum &mdash Talent manager and producer, &ldquoScary Movie&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Bobette Buster &mdash World-renowned Story and Hollywood Economics lecturer
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Bobby Downes &mdash Producer, &ldquoLike Dandelion Dust&rdquo starring Mira Sorvino
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Thomas Ethan Harris &mdash Co-Founder of the LA Film Festival, film festival strategist
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Susana Zepeda &mdash Production executive, building film &amp TV slates for major studios
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Arthur Anderson &mdash Co-producer, &ldquoMission Impossible III,&rdquo &ldquoPaycheck,&rdquo 1st AD, &ldquoFace-Off&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Dan Rupple &mdash Former supervising producer for &ldquoThe Late Show,&rdquo &ldquoPrice is Right&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Matt Meeks &mdash Social media strategist for the entertainment industries
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Bob Kunst and Charlie Mats &mdash The Veracity Project, Church Media specialists
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Adam Collis &mdash Founder, Director&rsquos Perspective Acting Studio director, Fox &ldquoSunset Strip&rdquo
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Travis Mann &mdash Entertainment law, Business Affairs, Infinity Media
&middot&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Phil Cooke &mdash BMC host and founder of Cooke Pictures
BMC 2011 Theme – BEYOND DIGITAL: What Matters Now &nbsp
The entertainment and media industries can agree on one thing: Disruption has become the &ldquonew normal.&rdquo&nbspAs a result, at this year&rsquos Biola Media Conference, we&rsquore focused on priorities for the future and defining &ldquosuccess&rdquo in the new entertainment economy.&nbspThe world has gone digital, but in that world, what matters now? &nbsp
Kevin Kelly, Co-founder of Wired Magazine: Keynote Speaker
There&rsquos no better voice on the subject than this year&rsquos keynote speaker Kevin Kelly, co-founder of&nbspWired Magazine and one of the most influential voices in the digital revolution. &nbspKevin will address the cultural impact of technology on the future of the entertainment and media industries.
Biola Media Conference
The Biola Media Conference has a proud 16-year history of bringing together top industry leaders, men and women of faith and integrity, who offer their expertise from the trenches and forecast their vision for future opportunities in film, television and digital media. &nbspIt attracts 700 attendees &mdash making it the largest event in the nation for people of faith working in the entertainment industry. It is known for its intimate and practical conversations with Hollywood leaders, and professional training and instruction from some of the most influential individuals in Film, TV, PR, Media Marketing, Management and Digital Media. Conference topics cover every aspect of media related careers, technologies, and ministries from the creative, to the financial, to the production process.
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Sponsored in part by Biola University&rsquos Cinema and Media Arts Department, the Biola Media Conference has a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available through FrontGate Media. &nbsp&nbsp
For more information or to register online, visit www.BiolaMedia.com. $150 General Admission through April 24th and $180 at the door. &nbspLunch and coffee bar provided. &nbspLimited press passes available upon request. Call 562-777-4061 for press pass information.
FrontGate Media (www.FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest culture-engaged media group &amp marketing service reaching the faith and family values audience which represents $4.6 billion worth of Christian products purchased by consumers annually according to a recent article in USA Today. The firm is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group provides reach to more than 15 million email subscribers, 25 million monthly page views, and 600,000+ at annual events. The media group is #1 in reach to several consumer and leadership demographics in the faith and family values audience including entertainment fans, music fans, church musicians and worship leaders, youth leaders and youth group students, and political conservatives. The company plays a key role in the success of movie studios, non-profit organizations, publishers and authors, record labels and artists and more seeking &ldquocreative &amp emerging media&rdquo outlets.
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For more information, please contact
Lori Lenz &ndash FrontGate Media