STUDIO CITY, CA – The Biola Media Conference announced today a new networking event called the &ldquoACCESS LUNCH&rdquo where a limited number of attendees will have exclusive one-on-one access to 12 key entertainment industry professionals at a privately held luncheon on the CBS Studio Center lot taking place on Saturday, April 30th.

&ldquoFor the addition of only $20.00 with their BMC registration, attendees get an unprecedented opportunity to reserve a seat at a ten-person table with an Access Lunch Host of their choice,&rdquo said Jack Hafer, producer, To End All Wars and chairman of Biola&rsquos Cinema &amp Media Arts department.&nbsp &ldquoConnecting people to resources and information is what the BMC is all about.&nbsp This event adds volumes in maximizing the networking and instructional impact of the day.&rdquo

Access Lunch Hosts include the following categories and special guests:

TABLE 1 – BRANDING and MARKETING with Dawn Baldwin, Founder &amp Lead Strategist of Aspire One, and Marc Harper, General Manager for Outreach Films, a key voice in the marketing execution for Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Soul Surfer.

TABLE 2 – CHURCH MEDIA with Bub Kuns and Charlie Matz, Co-Founders of The Veracity Project and Veracity COLAB.

TABLE 3 – DIRECTING with Arthur Anderson, 1st Assistant Director on Face-Off and Mission Impossible II.

TABLE 4 – DIRECTING with Korey Pollard, First Assistant Director on Fox&rsquos Lie to Me with credits that include Monk, Deadwood, House, Grey&rsquos Anatomy, and CSI.

TABLE 5 – DISTRIBUTION with Simon Swart, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Fox Home Entertainment.

TABLE 6 – ENTERTAINMENT LAW with Travis Mann, Entertainment Attorney &amp Producer at Infinity Media.

TABLE 7 – MARKETING with Jon Bock, Founder and President of Grace Hill Media.&nbsp

TABLE 8 – PRODUCING with Mark Clayman, Producer of Pursuit of Happyness.

TABLE 9 – WRITING for FILM with Brian Godawa, Screenwriter for To End All Wars, The Visitation, and more.

TABLE 10 – WRITING for TELEVISION with Dean Batali, Writer for That 70&rsquos Show and currently running an animated show for DisneyXD which will premiere in the summer of 2012.

TABLE 11 – VISUAL EFFECTS with Tim Naylor, Visual Effects and Senior Rigging Technical Director for Digital Domain, Creature Technical Director on Rango for Industrial Light &amp Magic, Creature Supervisor on Transformers and Scott Smith, CTO of Slash VFX who shares an Academy Award with his Industrial Light and Magic visual effects team for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Dead Man&rsquos Chest with additional credits on Evan Almighty, Pirates of the Caribbean III, Transformers, and Men in Black II.


For expanded host bios, see the FrontGate Media blog at

The Biola Media Conference is also pleased to offer a pre-conference workshop and breakfast reception from 7:30am &ndash 8:30am with Producer Ken Wales (Christy, Amazing Grace) and Director Jerry Jamison. &nbspThese two top industry pros share how they developed the leading news story about Ashley Smith/Purpose Driven Life into a major studio feature film, Unlikely Angel -The Ashley Smith Story.

Workshops and the Access Lunch event will bring more than thirty-five leading industry professionals to the event.&nbsp Full workshops and conference schedule can be viewed online.&nbsp&nbsp

  • Anatomy Of Films Social Media Campaign
  • Navigating The Film Festival World
  • Off-The-Shelf Visual Effects
  • Making It Real For The Actor
  • Plot And Soul
  • Pitching And Selling Your Projects
  • Bringing Films Of Faith To Screen
  • Hollywood Economics: 101 How Movies Make Money (Or Not!…And Other Inconvenient Truths)
  • Shrink Your &ldquoButs&rdquo – Eliminating The Barriers To Effective Church Media&nbsp
  • Option Agreement Principles Every Writer And Producer Should Know
  • Film Finance Using Foreign Pre-Sales

The Biola Media Conference is honored to have actor, producer, director SEAN ASTIN as the closing speaker of the day. 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 trilogy.

BMC 2011 Theme – BEYOND DIGITAL: What Matters Now
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 is part of the FrontGate Media group and 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.&nbsp It 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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For more information or to register online, visit $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.

About FrontGate Media
FrontGate Media ( 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.&nbsp


Biola University&rsquos&nbspCinema and Media Arts department continues to produce award-winning filmmakers such as Scott Derrickson, Director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Biola is a private university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. U.S. News &amp World Report recognizes Biola as a &ldquoNational University.&rdquo With over 145 academic programs in six schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 &ndash 4061.