June Hunt and Hope For The Heart Celebrates 30th Anniversary

June Hunt and Hope For The Heart Celebrates 30th Anniversary

by Presenting the “Hope for the Future” Award at NRB Convention

JuneHunt-300_0037-Gittings_cmykIn celebration of Hope For The Heart’s 30th Anniversary, June Hunt will present the first of many, Hope for the Heart – Hope for the Future – awards at this years’ NRB Convention.  Ms. Hunt, whose life’s work has yielded landmark contributions in the field of biblical counseling and practical guidance, founded the organization in 1986.

Hope For The Heart’s resources provide “God’s Truth for Today’s Problems” to equip pastors and spiritual leaders, licensed professional counselors, caregivers and caring individuals with “biblical hope and practical help.” After years of teaching and research, Hunt developed 100 topical “Biblical Counseling Keys” – exploring definitions, characteristics, causes and steps to solution for topics ranging from Anger and Depression to Marriage and Parenting. These “Keys” have become the foundation for the ministry’s expansion, including the “Biblical Counseling Institute” and two popular radio programs: Hope In The Night,” Hunt’s live two-hour call-in counseling program, and Hope For The Heart,” which airs on nearly 900 radio outlets around the world.  Hope For The Heart is quickly expanding internationally with resources translated into 30 languages, touching six continents, and are used in 60 countries with various formats including print, audio, and video.

“As Christian communicators, if we want to impact our culture for Christ – whether it be now or in the future — we must be real and we must be relevant. Technology is certainly changing how we communicate … in real and relevant ways. This years’ Hope For The Future award will recognize extraordinary talent, expertise, and leadership in the field of technology — which enables all of us in broadcasting to have an even farther reaching impact in a world that desperately needs biblical hope and practical help,” shares Ms. Hunt.

The Hope For The Future award will be presented at NRB’s Wednesday evening Worship Service, held at 7:00 p.m. in the Delta A Ballroom.

Judge Jeanine Pirro to Speak During Media Leadership Dinner at Proclaim 16

For Immediate Release
February 17, 2016
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 Judge Jeanine Pirro to Speak During Media Leadership Dinner at Proclaim 16 

Judge Jeanine PirroNashville, TN – The Media Leadership Dinner at Proclaim 16 – the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN – will feature Judge Jeanine Pirro, Host ofJustice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News Channel.

The annual invitation-only gathering on Tuesday, February 23, assembles the “principals” of NRB’s member organizations and specially-invited VIP guests for a unique time of inspiration and interaction. Past speakers have included Steve Forbes, Ben Carson, and Eric Metaxas, among others.

“Judge Jeanine Pirro is a welcome addition to the Proclaim 16 lineup, and will make an already-special evening even more memorable,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “We look forward to having her speak to leaders of our association.”

Jeanine Pirro joined the Fox News Channel in 2006 and currently serves as a legal analyst as well as the Host of Justice with Judge Jeanine, a weekend prime-time program (Saturday, 9 p.m. ET) that presents her legal insights on the news of the week and current high profile cases, as well as recent issues and trends in the world of crime and justice.

Formerly Westchester District Attorney, Judge Pirro was also the host of a syndicated weekday court show distributed by Warner Brothers – for which she won an Emmy. Her notable legal career spans more than 30 years.

Pirro earned a BA from the University of Buffalo, magna cum laude, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Albany Law School, where she was on law review. She is a native of New York.
About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Cinedigm Joins NRB Pitch-a-thon in Nashville; List of Distributors Grows to 14

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2016
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Cinedigm Joins NRB Pitch-a-thon in Nashville; List of Distributors Grows to 14

Cinedigm logoNashville, TN – Cinedigm Entertainment Group is the latest to be added to the list of distributors who will be available for filmmakers participating in the NRB Pitch-a-thon in Nashville.

“I am excited to be a part of this NRB Pitch-a-thon,” exclaimed Glenn Atamaniuk, a National Account Director at Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with more than 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Walmart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television.

“I look forward to meeting the writers, producers, and directors of the future, and to see what stories the Lord has given them to tell,” he added.

Next week, as thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals make their way to Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, filmmakers of various levels of experience will be preparing to pitch their story, script, and even finished products straight to a distribution company.

During the NRB Pitch-a-thon, representatives of participating distribution companies will be seated around tables. Everyone who signs up for the Pitch-a-thon will have five minutes with up to two of the distributors – up to three minutes to pitch their project, and then two for the distributor’s notes. No more than two people can represent a project to a distributor and only one project is allowed per five-minute session. Prospective participants select up to two distributors when they sign up for Pitch-a-thon online. All are encouraged to do their homework and research the best distributors for their project before making their selection.

The still-growing list* of those on the receiving end of the Pitch-a-thon currently includes:

  • Affirm Films (Rich Peluso)
  • Bridgestone Media Group (David Austin)
  • ChristianCinema.com (Bobby Downes, Jared Geesey)
  • Cinedigm Entertainment Group (Glenn Atamaniuk)
  • CMD Distribution (Byron Jones)
  • Endgame Entertainment (Bob Norton)
  • Inkling Entertainment (Michael Flaherty)
  • JuceTV/TBN Network (Mark McCallie)
  • Mission Pictures (Cindy Bond)
  • Parables TV  (Isaac Hernandez)
  • Provident Films (Ben Howard)
  • Skipstone Pictures (Johnny Remo)
  • Vision Video (Bill Curtis, Bill Carroll)
  • Word Network (Holly McClure)

In the two years that NRB has hosted the Pitch-a-thon, a number of scripts have been purchased and a number of participants have received offers for distribution for their films.

“I presented a one-page overview of my screenplay, Helen of Troy, Tennessee, to Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) of Paramount,” shared actor, writer, and comedian Torry Martin, who participated in the 2015 Pitch-a-thon. “Within 24 hours, he’d read my script cover to cover.” Soon, Mednick and Martin (along with co-writer Marshal Younger) entered into an exclusive 18-month film option agreement. Today, Helen of Troy, Tennessee marches toward production.

“My advice to any Christian who wants to break into the entertainment industry? Join NRB and attend the Convention,” says Martin. “It’s an investment in your future. Oh, and bring a box of business cards. You are going to need them.”

The upcoming Pitch-a-thon will take place Friday, February 26, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN – site of Proclaim 16, the upcoming NRB International Christian Media Convention.

Registration is required to participate in the Pitch-a-thon, and all participants must be present at 8:15 a.m. In addition, all participants must attend a session on “How to Pitch Your Story” from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Participants are advised to register as soon as possible to ensure a spot with the distributor(s) they want most. Appointments are filling up quickly.

The Pitch-a-thon is one of the activities lined up for the NRB Film & Entertainment Summit that will take place on Friday, February 26, the last day of Proclaim 16. It is included in the cost of a Friday-Only Day Pass ($275) and the full Convention registration (prices vary). Other summit activities can be found at nrbconvention.org/film.

To register for the event, visit nrbconvention.org/register. Registration for the Pitch-a-thon is completed within the Convention registration process. Those already registered for the Convention can add the Pitch-a-thon by simply logging back on here and modifying their Convention registration. The Pitch-a-thon registration can be found at the bottom of the page with the additional meal tickets, reserved tables, etc.

*The representative(s) taking pitches for the company may be other than those named above. In addition, as slots fill up, some distributors may no longer be available for selection.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Brent Bozell to Shed Light on Media, Gov’t Silence on “Christian Genocide”

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2016
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Brent Bozell to Shed Light on Media, Gov’t Silence on “Christian Genocide” 

Brent BozellNashville, TN – ISIS and other Islamic terrorists are persecuting and executing Christians, destroying church buildings, and driving believers out of the Middle East.

But why do we hear so little from mainstream media about the persecution of Christians while they highlight violence against other groups?

During Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, a session titled “Christian Genocide” will be held on Thursday, February 25, highlighting the issue and the media silence on it. Convention attendees will hear firsthand stories of what has happened, and why. They will also find out how they can pray, how they can speak up, and how they can stand up for the persecuted Church.

Among the session speakers will be Brent Bozell, Founder and President of the Media Research Center, who will expose the media and government silence on this issue.

“The Obama Administration has so far failed to recognize the barbaric attacks of ISIS against Christians as acts of genocide. Furthermore, the mainstream media has too often looked the other way,” noted NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “We are glad to have Brent Bozell join us for our session on this issue, and look forward to receiving his insights.”

A lecturer, syndicated columnist, television commentator, debater, marketer, businessman, author, publisher, and activist, L. Brent Bozell, III is one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

As Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Since its launch in 1987, the MRC has developed the largest video archive in the world; the popular NewsBusters.org blog site; the CNSNews.com Internet news service; MRC Business; MRC Culture; and MRC Latino, which launched in April 2014. The MRC has more than 800,000 members nationwide, and more than 9 million fans on Facebook.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Kay Arthur to Speak at “Israel: Hope in a Region of Crisis” Session During Proclaim 16

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2016
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Kay Arthur to Speak at “Israel: Hope in a Region of Crisis” Session During Proclaim 16

Kay ArthurNashville, TN – As the entire Middle East is being dramatically shaken and undergoing historic changes, there is one place of stability — the state of Israel. Nevertheless, Israel faces a relentless campaign of misinformation that requires a robust response and educational programming.

During Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, there will be a session on Thursday, February 25, titled “Israel: Hope in a Region of Crisis” that will feature Kay Arthur, CEO Emeritus of Precept Ministries International.

“NRB is proud to present this very special session, and thankful to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for bringing together a fine panel of speakers, including longtime NRB member Kay Arthur,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Kay has been such a blessing to NRB and to countless people throughout the world. She and the other speakers at this session will give Christian broadcasters a better understanding of these issues and of what God is doing in the midst of it all.”

Kay Arthur and her husband, Jack, founded Precept Ministries International in 1970. It has become a worldwide outreach to men, women, and children with Inductive Bible Study training and classes in nearly 185 countries and 70 languages.

Kay has written 100+ books and Bible studies, four of which received the Gold Medallion Award. More than 90 million people have been touched through Kay’s teaching programs, Precepts for Life and Precepts from God’s Word, which have been aired on nearly 1,000 radio and television stations worldwide. Kay received the National Religious Broadcasters’ prestigious Hall of Fame Award in 2011. She also won the association’s Best Television Teaching Program award in 2004 and 2009 for the half-hour program Precepts For Life. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Jordan Smith to Perform at Opening Session of Proclaim 16

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2016
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Jordan Smith to Perform at Opening Session of Proclaim 16

Jordan SmithNashville, TN –  Jordan Smith is scheduled to perform on Tuesday, February 23, at the Opening Session of Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

“We are excited to have Jordan Smith join us for Proclaim 16 following his phenomenal success on and after The Voice,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Convention participants will be in for a treat!”

Jordan Smith stands out as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning The Voice. In less than six months, the 22-year-old from Whitley County, KY, sold more than one million singles and made Voice history by landing four songs in the Top 10 — the most of any artist from the show.

Meanwhile, eight of his songs went Top 10, six hit Top 3, and three captured #1 on all of iTunes. He is one of only two artists, alongside Cassadee Pope, to notch three #1’s during the show’s season.

Smith released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection, on iTunes one day after his win. Overnight, the album skyrocketed to the Top 5 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #11.  His take on Queen’s “Somebody To Love” unseated Adele’s “Hello” from #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs chart in a matter of hours, moving 164,000+ copies the first week and clinching #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart. The following week his performance of “Mary Did You Know” also shot up to the #1 spot on iTunes and topped SoundScan’s Digital Songs Chart at #1, selling 161,000 copies in the first week.

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Hallelujah” went #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart, and he became “the first artist to replace himself at #1 on the chart.”  Jordan also holds the record on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart for “the first act to own both the #1 and #2 titles concurrently” with “Mary Did You Know” and “Hallelujah.”

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Proclaim 16 to Feature Presidential Candidates Forum

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2016
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Proclaim 16 to Feature Presidential Candidates Forum 

Proclaim 16Nashville, TN –  Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, will feature a Presidential Candidates Forum. Taking place just days before the “Super Tuesday” primaries in Tennessee and many nearby states, this will be an opportunity not to be missed.

“This is a pivotal year for our nation, and Christian communicators will be well-served to hear firsthand from those candidates who seek to hold the highest office in the United States,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “The policies and priorities of the next President of the United States will have major ramifications for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, so we must pay attention. Freedom to believe, and freedom to speak on-air and online, hang in the balance in this country and around the world.”

Salem Media Group and NRBTV will broadcast the Presidential Candidates Forum by radio and television nationally as acclaimed radio host and best-selling author Eric Metaxas moderates individual sessions with each Presidential candidate who participates. The event will also feature an on-stage panel for each session to ask candidates questions on issues of importance to the evangelical Christian community.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R) and Dr. Ben Carson (R) have confirmed attendance on Friday, February 26, and several other candidates have committed and are coordinating their forum dates. NRB, a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers, has invited candidates of both major American political parties to participate.

Dr. Johnson continued, “This event, just days before the March 1 ‘SEC Primary,’ is a must for anyone who wants to get a better idea of where the Presidential candidates stand on issues that Christians care about. Don’t miss it!”

Proclaim 16 will take place February 23-26 in Nashville, TN, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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NRB Pitch-a-thon and 2016 Film Summit Schedule Finalized

For Immediate Release
February 8, 2016
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NRB Pitch-a-thon and 2016 Film Summit Schedule Finalized

Pitch-a-thon filling up fast

Nashville, TN – The Film Standing Committee of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has released the final schedule for the 2016 NRB Film & Entertainment Summit being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center on February 26 in Nashville. The committee also released a promotional video that can be accessed at https://youtu.be/lrnQyNAMTPE.

Slots for the Pitch-a-thon are filling up fast, so would-be participants are encouraged to sign up at nrbconvention.org as soon as possible. Registration for the Pitch-a-thon is done as part of the Convention registration process. You must be registered for Convention to participate in the Pitch-a-thon.

Writer, producer and consultant Catherine Clinch will be conducting a 30-minute seminar on “How to Pitch Your Story” on the morning of the Summit and just prior to the start of the Pitch-a-thon.

Speakers for the Summit include actor Kevin Sorbo, director and producer Dave Johnson, Rich Peluso of Affirm Films, and many more. The Summit will provide filmmakers with a unique opportunity to learn from the leaders in the faith-based and family entertainment industry. A complete schedule of event is listed below.

8:15 am- 8:30 am Pitch-a-thon Check In
(All participants must be preregistered and present at 8:15am)
8:45 am- 9:15 am “How to Pitch Your Story” (All Pitch-a-thon participants must attend)
Speaker: Catherine Clinch, Writer, Producer & Consultant
9:15 am-11:15 am Film Pitch-a-thon Event

(Taking pitches: Affirm Films, Provident Films, Endgame Entertainment, Inkling Entertainment, Mission Pictures, Bridgestone Media Group, TBN Network, JuceTV, Vision Video, Parables TV, Movie to Movement, ChristianCinema.com, CMD Distribution, Word Network, Skipstone Pictures)

1:00 pm- 1:20 pm Successful Writing
Speaker: Dave Johnson, Director & Producer, Salt Entertainment Group
1:20 pm- 1:40 pm Successful Financing and Business
Speaker: Robert Norton, CFO, Endgame Entertainment
1:40 pm- 2:00 pm Successful Directing
Speaker: Cyrus Nowrasteh, Director, the Young Messiah
2:00 pm- 2:20 pm Successful Producing
Speaker: Micheal Flaherty, President, Inkling Entertainment
2:20 pm- 2:35 pm Successfully Distributing
Speaker: Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President, Affirm Films
2:40 pm- 2:55 pm Successful Acting
Speaker: Kevin Sorbo, Actor
3:00 pm- 3:15 pm Successful Composing and Music
Speaker: John Debney, Composer, John Debney Productions
3:20 pm- 3:50 pm Successful Marketing to the World
Speakers: Joe Battaglia, Founder / President, Renaissance Communications, Inc.; Paul Lauer, Founder & CEO, Motive Entertainment
3:55 pm- 4:10 pm Successful Animation
Speaker: Phil Vischer, Founder, Big Idea Productions and Jellyfish Labs
4:15 pm- 5:00 pm Report to the Entertainment Industry
Speaker: Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, MOVIEGUIDE®

For more information about the NRB Film & Entertainment Summit, visit nrbconvention.org/film. For more information about the Pitch-a-thon, visit nrbconvention.org/pitch.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Roma Downey to Speak at the Opening Session of Proclaim 16

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2016
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Roma Downey to Speak at the Opening Session of Proclaim 16

Roma DowneyNashville, TN –Roma Downey is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, February 23, at the Opening Session of Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

“Roma is no stranger to NRB and to attendees of our Convention. And her role in the production and success of faith-based projects including The Bible and Son of God have earned her praise – and rightfully so,” commented NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “We look forward to having her share her upcoming film, Ben-Hur, which we also welcome as a Bronze Level Convention Sponsor.”

A celebrated Emmy®-nominated actress and producer, Roma Downey is best known for her nine seasons as the tender-hearted angel on the hit CBS television show Touched by an Angel, for which she earned multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® best actress nominations.

Today, Downey is President of LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM Television, and also serves as the Chief Content Officer for the planned OTT (over-the-top) faith-based channel.  She and her husband, Mark Burnett, produced the Emmy®-nominated miniseries The Bible and the feature film Son of God.

Together, Downey and Burnett have recently produced The Women of the Bible for LIFETIME, The Dovekeepers for CBS,A.D. The Bible Continues for NBC, Answered Prayers for TLC, and the feature films Little Boy for Open Road Films andWoodlawn for Pure Flix. The couple is currently producing the epic feature film Ben-Hur, a re-imagining of the classic story. It is set to release summer 2016. An extended clip from the film will be shown during the Convention’s Opening Session.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About Proclaim 16

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor in 2016 will be an interactive exhibit presented by Museum of the Bible that chronicles the remarkable history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies. The upcoming Convention, Proclaim 16, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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Fast Friends The Amazing Power of Friendship, Fasting and Prayer

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Fast FriendsThe Amazing Power of Friendship, Fasting and Prayer
By Suzanne Niles and Wendy Simpson Little

FastFriendsTwo uniquely different women discover the powerful bond of friendship, fasting and prayer.
There is power when we pray with others in unity. FAST FRIENDS is a reminder to make time for what matters most!” Alex Kendrick, writer and director of “War Room”

Spokane, WA: Women desire genuine friendships from other women who will hold their concerns confidentially close to their heart, and offer tender commitment to support and guidance regarding those concerns.

Fast Friends delves into the lives of two different women, Suzanne Niles and Wendy Simpson Little, who met through a random encounter. They share their personal struggles and victories, their enduring support as prayer partners, and the faithfulness of God through fasting.

With biblical examples of Jesus, Moses, Hannah, David and Esther, the authors remind that fasting and prayer assists with repentance, breaking strongholds, healing, and growing closer to the Lord. The authors encourage women to partner with a sister-in-Christ to mutually pray with, speak the truth in love, and walk alongside in their spiritual journey.

“As ‘fast friends,’ God called two average women into a relationship that answered the cry of our hearts for a sincere and dedicated support system,” says Suzanne. “Partnering in fasting and prayer helped us experience life-changing spiritual growth, amazing answers to prayer, and a greater depth of intimacy with Jesus.”

Fast Friends offer biblical and personal insight on topics that include:
Fasting to Confess Sin: Prayer and fasting humble us and help us see our wrong doings. Sometimes we know we have sinned, but we miss what to God is obvious. God uses fasting to bring about confession and restoration with His people.

Fasting for God’s Guidance: Rather than feeling anxious when we try to figure things out on our own, we can find assurance when we seek God through Scripture, prayer and fasting, or guidance from the Spirit. (Prov. 2:6)
Fasting as an Act of Worship: During fasting we can turn our attention to our position in Christ. In doing that, we may just find ourselves with fresh wonder and love for Him.
Fasting for Your Marriage: It is our God-given responsibility to pray for our husband daily. If we are harboring any ill feelings or offense toward him, praying and fasting will change him, and our attitude toward him.
Fasting for Your Children: When we are fasting and praying for God to speak to our kids and for His spirit to attune their ears to His voice, we are creating an opportunity for an eternal relationship to grow. Let your fasting and praying guide you as to what to say to your children and when to say it.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Suzanne Niles 213-434-3331 suzanneniles4@gmail.com
How to Prepare for Your Fast: Make a list of prayer requests. Be Vulnerable to Your Fast Friend (James 5:16), (Gal. 6:2). Decide What You Will and Will Not Consume. Rejoice Together.
Other chapters feature: Fasting to Break Bondage, Fasting to Strengthen Your Faith, Fasting to See What Really Matters, How to Be Fast Friends on a Fast-Paced Day, and a Fast Friends 10-Week Book Study.
“We serve a generous God, who is always ready and willing to offer us help, guidance, and wisdom. We just need to ask Him and then wait for His answer,” says Wendy. “When we fast and pray for His wisdom, the waves of doubt will be quieted, we can approach Him knowing that He is the one person in your life who actually wants to hear everything you have to say.”
Through Fast Friends, readers can learn how to partner in prayer and fasting to experience life-changing spiritual growth, and experience amazing answers to prayer, and intimacy with another that bears eternal fruit.
Product Details: Hardcover: 144 pages.
Publisher: Broadstreet Publishing (October, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4245-5085-2 Price: $14.99.
About the Authors:
SUZANNE NILES has worked in different facets of the entertainment business for several decades, including acting, producing, and arranging promotions through all types of media outlets. She has a passion for Jesus, networking and connecting people to the proper cause Suzanne makes her home in Spokane, Washington.
WENDY SIMPSON LITTLE is the owner and broker of a small real estate company in Central California. In her previous careers, she has been a stay at home mom, and taught 7th grade English and high school French. She has a passion for her friends and family, fun and life! She hopes to encourage other women in faith, prayer, and a love for God and his Word. Wendy makes her home in Visalia, California.
Facebook: Fast Friends Book 17K+ FOLLOWERS!
Twitter: @FastFriendsBook
Instagram: FASTFRIENDSBOOK
12 WEEK FREE DOWNLOADABLE BIBLE STUDY AT: http://fastfriendsbook.com/blog/
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1. How did you two get started on this journey of relationship fasting and prayer? How did you come up with the title “Fast Friends?”
2. What is your response to those who question what fasting can do for them? Why is it important to include prayer with fasting?
3. Did you have any concerns when you first started? Was it necessary to agree on the fasting method and length of prayer time?
4. How does fasting help us identify sin and break bondage in our lives? How does it bring about confession of sin and restoration?
5. What did you experience as a result of knowing that someone was praying for you and your family with the same passion and commitment as you? What were some of the answers to prayer that you received?
6. Did you ever feel like you wouldn’t have the time or you couldn’t keep your fast friend commitment? What type of fast did the two of you engage in?
7. What encouragement would you give to those considering becoming fast friends?
8. You discuss fasting is an act of worship. In what ways do we worship through fasting?
9. How can we use prayer and fasting to pray for our marriage or children?
10. What was your greatest benefit from entering into this spiritual discipline?
11. What can Fast Friends do to make sure they stay committed to each other?
12. How has your relationship with Jesus changed as a result of being “Fast Friends”?
13. What was your experience while recording your experiences into book form?
14. How should one prepare for a fast? What should they initially expect to experience?
15. What is the best way to connect with you – through your social media handles?

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CONTACT: Suzanne Niles
213-434-3331
suzanneniles4@gmail.com