(Los Angeles)–For nearly a decade Biola University, a Christian university in suburban Los Angeles has been holding an annual media conference where some of the biggest lights in Hollywood’s firmament speak to students and fellow media professionals about the entertainment business. In the past those speakers have included top studio executives, producers, journalists, directors, actors and other professionals. But 2009’s lineup promises to be the most controversial-and interesting-one of all, with the news that Joe Eszterhas, famed screenwriter whose credits include Showgirls and Basic Instinct, will be keynoting the conference. This year&rsquos event will take place April 25, 2009 at the CBS Studio Center Lot in Studio City, CA.
Eszterhas&rsquos life history is as tumultuous as his movies. From growing up in a refugee camp in Hungary after the Second World War, his life has included everything from abject poverty to unthinkable riches. Once called by Time Magazine &ldquoAmerican&rsquos king of sex and violence&rdquo, Eszterhas lived the true Hollywood bad boy life. Drinking, drugs, sex, violence, smoking were all part of his daily life. By 2001, the alcohol and smoking had nearly killed him and doctors had removed 80% of a cancerous larynx. Unable to change his ways, he cried out to God for help. In his new book  Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith, Eszterhas explains the mystery and wonder of how God found him.  He has been called &ldquoThe Che Guevara of screenwriters&rdquo (Daily Variety), &ldquoa living Hollywood Legend&rdquo (ABC&rsquos 20/20) and Time Magazine raves &ldquoIf Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?&rdquo He has written sixteen films that have earned over a billion dollars at the box office, including Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, Flashdance and Showgirls. Former Senior Editor at Rolling Stone, Eszterhas has also written five books, including the New York Times bestsellers American Rhapsody and Hollywood Animal.
"I don’t make many appearances like this, and the only reason I chose to be a part of this conference is because I know Biola’s reputation and wanted to be associated with them," said Eszterhas regarding his appearance at this year’s conference.
"I had heard about Joe’s newfound faith and his efforts to integrate that faith with his craft of storytelling," noted the chairman of Biola’s Cinema & Media Arts program, Jack Hafer, a producer whose credits include the award-winning film, "To End All Wars." "That is what the Biola Media Conference is all about so I reached out to him and I’m glad he accepted.  Between Joe and Disney Motion Picture group president Mark Zoradi, this is going to be our biggest conference yet. We’re thrilled at the response so far."
The Biola Media conference is known for its intimate and practical conversations with leading Hollywood professionals, 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.
The Biola Media Conference is sponsored by Biola University&rsquos acclaimed Cinema and Media Arts Department. For more information or to register online, visit www.biolamedia.com and take advantage of the extended $125 admission price until April 16th $145 from the 16th &ndash 21st $160 at the door.  Lunch provided.
About Biola Media Conference
In its 14th year, the Biola Media Conference exists to educate, inspire, and network people of faith working in the media while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. Recognized as the premier event for Christians in the entertainment field, BMC attracts participants who will benefit from direct interaction with acclaimed industry pros who are at the top of their craft. From CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, insight, and contacts that strengthen their character and their careers.