Screenwriter and film producer Steve McEveety, one of Hollywood‘s busiest and most influential voices over the past decade, and Chicago Tribune assistant editor Lou Carlozo have been named as recipients of the Robert A. Briner Impact Award.


Carlozo received his award on March 30 at the first annual Biola music and Journalism conference while McEveety will receive his award during the &nbsp12th Annual Biola Media Conference scheduled for Saturday,&nbsp April 21, on the Biola University campus in La Mirada, California.

The Briner Impact Award was created to honor Robert A. Briner, an Emmy-award winning television producer and global pioneer in sports media who worked with sports giants like Arthur Ashe, Dave Dravecky, Michael Jordan, and others. &nbspHis greatest lasting legacy, however, was authoring &quotRoaring Lambs,&quot a book that encourages artists and media professionals of faith to take their work to the mainstream of American pop cultural life, pursue excellence and to &quotgive people the chance to choose good things instead of bad things.&quot

The award is given by Biola University‘s Torrey Honors Institute in conjunction &nbspwith a group of Briner’s friends and colleagues.

&quotSteve McEveety had been making the kinds of movies that Bob Briner dreamed might someday be made when he wrote his book Roaring Lambs&quot in 1993&quot remarks Producer/Author Mark Joseph, a friend of the late Briner and member of the Briner Impact Award committee.


&quotLou Carlozo was personally mentored by Bob and at times when he was thinking of quitting his position at the Tribune, encouraged him to stay and use his position of influence to do good. Bob spoke often about the need to be excellent and to take one’s beliefs and life experiences into the public square. This is exactly what both Steve and Lou have done.&quot

Among the past Briner Impact Award recipients are Touched by An Angel producer/writer Martha Williamson, ABC News &nbspSenior Producer Jody Hassett, &nbspmusician Dan Haseltine of the group Jars of Clay, author and rock critic Steve Turner, and last year’s honoree—X-Men producer Ralph Winter.

McEveety, whose recent success stories include The Passion of the Christ, Paparazzi, We Were Soldiers, 187, and Airborne, which he also wrote, was selected for the honor by a panel, which included Dr. John Mark Reynolds of the Torrey Honors Institute, Mark Joseph, Bob Briner’s widow Marty, record producer and film director Steve Taylor, columnist Terry Mattingly, and music executive Barry Landis.

&nbsp&quotSteve literally grew up in the entertainment industry,&quot points out Peggy Rupple, event coordinator for the Biola Media Conference. &nbsp&quotAs a boy he appeared in episodes of Gunsmoke, My Three Sons, and Star Trek. &nbspHe later became an assistant director on Real Genius and Early Frost and served as production manager for films like The Trip to Bountiful, Flatliners, and Mel Gibson’s Forever Young.&quot

Through Icon Productions, McEveety produced What Women Want, Payback, Anna Karentina, Immortal Beloved, The Man Without a Face, The Passion of The Christ and Braveheart, which won five Academy Awards.

Currently Steve is in pre-production on The Monkey Trial &nbspand served as executive producer for Bella which won the audience award at the 2006 Toronto Film Fest. &nbspA private screening of Bella will culminate the Biola Media Conference Saturday evening.

Recently, McEveety formed &quotThe Mpower Company,&quot which is involved in all aspects of the arts, including film, television, radio, cell phones, and the internet.

&quotSteve McEveety and Lou Carlozo exemplify Bob Briner’s lofty ideals. They have given filmgoers and readers excellent work,&quot states Dr. Reynolds, &quotand have demonstrated professionalism, excellence and a steadfast faith in an array of memorable projects.&quot

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In its 12th 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. &nbspFrom CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, fellowship, and contacts that strengthen their personal walk and their careers.

Biola University is home to one of the most effective and successful Mass Communication undergraduate degree programs in the country. &nbspLocated just 30 miles from the entertainment capital of the world, Biola graduates have unprecedented access to industry professionals and opportunities for internships and training in their chosen field. &nbspTheir classrooms regularly feature guest appearances by the finest producers, reporters, and publicists in the business. &nbspBiola grads complete their course of
study fully-equipped to fulfill their goals and dreams in the world of media or in ministry, bringing an integrated standard of professionalism and Christian faith that is helping to change our world.


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