(Studio City, CA) — The Biola Media Conference welcomes one of the most influential voices in the digital revolution, co-founder of Wired Magazine, and futurist, Kevin Kelly, as keynote speaker at the 16th annual Biola Media Conference to be held at the CBS Studio Center lot in Studio City, CA on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Kelly is a leading voice in technology and its cultural consequences. He is editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. From 1984-1990 Kelly was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. He co-founded the ongoing Hackers’ Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service. He authored the best-selling books New Rules for the New Economy, Out of Control and just released his latest book, What Technology Wants and remains a popular contributor to the famed online lecture series “Ted Talks“.

Kelly will be joined by a supporting cast of workshop leaders including writer/producer and international story lecturer, Bobette Buster; film consultant, Thomas Ethan Harris, and over a dozen other media professionals with more to be announced.

“The theme of the 2011 conference, “Beyond Digital:  What Matters Now”, will feature an in-depth look at the future of the entertainment industry at the 30,000 foot level and how that critically effects us now”, states Jack Hafer, Producer, To End All Wars and Chairman of Biola’s acclaimed Cinema & Media Arts Department.

With the music industry being radically transformed, book publishing following suit, and social media changing how we connect with an audience, entertainment and media industries agree that disruption has become the “new normal”. As a result, this year’s Biola Media Conference will focus on priorities for the future. The world has gone digital, but in that world, what matters now?

“There’s no better voice on the subject than our keynote speaker Kevin Kelly”, noted Phil Cooke, founder/creative director of Cooke Pictures and event moderator, “Kevin will bring us a report from the front lines of change and how it’s impacting a connected world.”

The Biola Media Conference, part of the FrontGate Media group, attracts over 600 attendees – 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.

Sponsored in part by Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts Department; the Biola Media Conference has numerous sponsorship opportunities available through FrontGate Media. See a complete list of sponsorship options at https://www.frontgatemedia.com/mediakits/biola-media-conference.pdf.

For more information or to register online, visit www.BiolaMedia.com and take advantage of the Early Admission price of $135 until Jan. 31st; $150 General Admission from Feb. 1st – April 24th; and $180 at the door. Lunch and coffee bar provided.

About Biola Media Conference:
In its 16th year, the Biola Media Conference exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. 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.

About FrontGate Media:
BMC is part of the FrontGate Media group. FrontGate Media (www.FrontGateMedia.com) is the largest culture-engaged media group & 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 will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2011. The FrontGate Media group reaches 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 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 “creative & emerging media” outlets.


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Lori Lenz – FrontGate Media