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We just final confirmed this today!   I’m excited to let you know about the new Access Lunch programming for the Biola Media Conference which is taking place on April 30, 2011. 

Be a part of an intimate (10 person) “round table” lunch hosted by an industry professional of your choice during the Biola Media Conference.  Held privately in Carla’s Café on the CBS Studio Center lot from 12:00pm-1:30pm, the Access Lunch provides our BMC attendees with a new opportunity to learn from leading industry professionals and “access” their wisdom.

The cost is $20.00 with your BMC registration. This entitles you to select one seat at a ten-person table with an ACCESS HOST and TOPIC of your choice. Choose from:

TABLE 1 – BRANDING and MARKETING with Dawn Baldwin & Marc Harper
TABLE 2 – CHURCH MEDIA with Bub Kuns and Charlie Matz
TABLE 3 – DIRECTING with Arthur Anderson
TABLE 4 – DIRECTING with Korey Pollard
TABLE 5 – DISTRIBUTION with Simon Swart
TABLE 7 – MARKETING with Jon Bock
TABLE 8 – PRODUCING with Mark Clayman
TABLE 9 – WRITING for FILM with Brian Godawa
TABLE 10 – WRITING for TELEVISION with Dean Batali
TABLE 11 – VISUAL EFFECTS with Tim Naylor and Scott Smith
TABLE 12 – TBA…check back closer to the conference!

See below for Table Host Bios.

• Enjoy lunch & conversation hosted by a leading industry professional and others who share your field of interest.
• Get advice on your projects and “next step” wisdom for your career.
• Receive encouragement from those who have navigated the media business well.

Each table will be filled on a first come first served basis. SO DON’T DELAY… Add the “Access Lunch” to your Biola Media Conference experience  by selecting the “Access Lunch” option when you register for the BMC

A few sponsorship options are still available: click here to review.




Dawn Nicole Baldwin – Founder & Lead Strategist of Aspire One strategy and creative services firm, Dawn speaks on strategic branding at conferences nationwide, guest lectures on marketing strategy at the prestigious Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and is considered one of the leading experts on branding and marketing for nonprofits and ministries.

Marc Harper – General Manager for Outreach Films, Marc has 15 years experience connecting with people through media and the church. He has done 10 theatrical campaigns, 6 national television campaigns, multiple home entertainment and direct marketing projects and has 5 years staff service for local churches. Marc has spent the last several years in a marketing role on projects like Fireproof, End of the Spear, Facing the Giants and Soul Surfer.


Bub Kuns – Bub has created live stage productions and media for the church for over 20 years now and is a co-founder of The Veracity Project. He also owns and operates VeracityCOLAB, a creative agency in Southern Orange County. The Veracity team is devoted to creatively connecting an audience to truth and moving them in the right direction.

Charlie Matz– Charlie has been creating “church media” for over a decade as a co-founder of The Veracity Project. He also owns and operates Veracity COLAB, a creative agency in Southern Orange County. Together Matz and Kuns have produced over 400 videos for the local church. They have also broadened their audience and began produce shorts for the film festival circuit and the Church at large.


Arthur Anderson – Arthur joined director John Woo as 1st assistant director on Face-Off and Mission Impossible II, was co-producer and action writer on Windtalkers, Paycheck, and The Hostage, and co-produced Mission Impossible III for Paramount Pictures. Arthur recently executive produced and directed a webisode series for GO TV Networks entitled Being Bailey. His TV credits include 1st AD work on In Plain Sight, Numb3rs, Without a Trace, and Pretty Little Liars.


Korey Pollard – First assistant director on Fox’s LIE TO ME, Korey’s previous television credits also include Life on NBC, Monk, Deadwood, House, Grey’s Anatomy, Boomtown and CSI. His Film credits include Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2, Thirteen Days, Waterworld, Clear & Present Danger, Eye For An Eye, GI Jane, and That Thing You Do.


Simon Swart – Simon Swart is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of North America for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice President of Sales at Fox and worked at both Warner Brothers and Buena Vista’s Home Entertainment divisions. Simon was the driving force behind several new distribution models including Fox Faith, and has received numerous accolades for his retail strategy and his unique vision for ethical leadership, creativity, and constant innovation in operations, logistics, sales, and marketing.


Travis Mann – Travis is a writer and producer of feature films and reality television. He has created and sold reality formats to E! Entertainment Television, Universal Television, Fox Studios, and TLC. Films that he has either produced or co-produced include: Texas Killing Fields, Shadow People, Mercy Streets, and his screenplay Godspeed. Travis has worked for the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, represented New Regency, MGM and Warner Bros., is currently vice president of Infinity Media and a practicing entertainment attorney.


Jon Bock – Founder and President of Grace Hill Media, Jon is committed to highlighting entertainment for the faith community and has marketed over 300 films including: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Notebook, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bruce Almighty, and The Blind Side, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Rite, and The Adjustment Bureau.


Mark Clayman – As a producer, Mark originated the life rights and produced Sony’s box office hit, Pursuit of Happyness. His producer role follows a successful career as an actor in film and television. Mark is in development on the adaptation of the NY Times best selling book Same Kind of Different As Me with Samuel L. Jackson attached, Picking Cotton with Oscar nominated producer, David Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine) and Grand Theft Galaxy written by Bill Marsilli, Deja Vu.


Brian Godawa – Brian is a screenwriter of To End All Wars, The Visitation, Wall of Separation, Lines That Divide, author of Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment, and of Word Pictures: Knowing God Through Story and Imagination. Brian is currently slated to direct his horror script, Descent of the Gods.


Dean Batali– Writer and showrunner for That 70’s Show, Dean also wrote for Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Duckman, Hope and Gloria, The Half Hour News Hour, and The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Dean is currently running an animated show for DisneyXD which will premiere in the summer of 2012.


Tim Naylor – Visual Effects and Senior Rigging Technical Director for Digital Domain, Tim was creature technical director on Rango for Industrial Light & Magic, creature supervisor on Transformers, with other credits that include developing the key frame rigging system for Davy Jones’ tentacles on Pirates of the Caribbean 2:Dead Man’s Chest, and sequence supervisor & development lead for, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Scott Smith– Scott shares an Academy Award with his Industrial Light and Magic visual effects team for his work on Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Dead’s Man Chest. (2006 – Gore Verbinski). Scott’s credits as a Digital Compositor, Rotoscoper and Digital Painter can be seen on Evan Almighty, Pirates of the Caribbean III, Transformers, and Men in Black II. Scott is also CTO of Slash VFX.

TABLE 12 – TBA – check back closer to the conference!

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