Screenwriter and film producer Steve McEveety, one of
Carlozo received his award on March 30 at the first annual Biola music and Journalism conference while McEveety will receive his award during the  12th Annual Biola Media Conference scheduled for Saturday,  April 21, on the
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.  His greatest lasting legacy, however, was authoring "Roaring Lambs," 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 "give people the chance to choose good things instead of bad things."
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"Steve McEveety had been making the kinds of movies that Bob Briner dreamed might someday be made when he wrote his book Roaring Lambs" in 1993" remarks Producer/Author Mark Joseph, a friend of the late Briner and member of the Briner Impact Award committee.
"Lou 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."
Among the past Briner Impact Award recipients are Touched by An Angel producer/writer Martha Williamson, ABC News  Senior Producer Jody Hassett,  musician 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.
"Steve literally grew up in the entertainment industry," points out Peggy Rupple, event coordinator for the Biola Media Conference.  "As a boy he appeared in episodes of Gunsmoke, My Three Sons, and Star Trek.  He 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."
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  and served as executive producer for Bella which won the audience award at the 2006 Toronto Film Fest.  A private screening of Bella will culminate the Biola Media Conference Saturday evening.
Recently, McEveety formed "The Mpower Company," which is involved in all aspects of the arts, including film, television, radio, cell phones, and the internet.
"Steve McEveety and Lou Carlozo exemplify Bob Briner’s lofty ideals. They have given filmgoers and readers excellent work," states Dr. Reynolds, "and have demonstrated professionalism, excellence and a steadfast faith in an array of memorable projects."
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.  From 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.  Located 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.  Their classrooms regularly feature guest appearances by the finest producers, reporters, and publicists in the business.  Biola 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.
For more about the Biola Media Conference, visit www.biolamedia.com.