For Teenagers, “Digital” Celebrities are the Most Influential


Hollywood’s Variety Magazine reports that the most influential celebrities for teenagers are now YouTube stars. In fact, when it comes to their “Q” score, YouTube stars have far more impact on teenagers than major names like Taylor Swift or Johnny Depp. In the Variety list, the only mainstream TV, music, or movie stars to crack the top ten were Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. And the top six positions?

Noah: Has Anyone Changed Their Mind About the Movie?


Remember the movie “Noah?” When it came out 16 months ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that even though it wasn’t the Biblical story, Christians should see it. After all, hundreds of thousands of others would see it, and why not invite a non-believer to the movie, and then take them out for coffee and share the real story? I’d been on the set and met the filmmakers, then wrote the post.  But more than 1,000 responses later (on the blog and my social media sites), I realized

Would Major TV Networks Be Interested In My Faith Based Show Idea?


With the success of “The Bible” TV series, and “Finding Jesus” on CNN, I’ve been getting plenty of inquires from people who want to get other Christian ideas picked up by a secular network. In many cases, they’re starting from the wrong perspective. The first step isn’t getting your show idea on a network. The first step is finding out what the network is interested in programming. With that in mind, here’s a few critical principles about how to get a secular network to look at your Christian program idea:

The Hillsong Movie – Final Trailer


The final movie trailer for Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong movie is finished.  After an exclusive release we worked out with iTunes, we can now release it to the public.  Hopefully, this version of the trailer will give you a much deeper idea about the motivation and story that surrounds the film.  Please share it with your friends and help get the word out.  Here’s the trailer that is hitting movie theaters across the country this week:

Ten Things To Remember Your First Day on a Film Shoot


After decades working in the industry, I’m still amazed at the clueless production assistants that manage to get hired on video and film productions. No matter how low you are on the food chain, you’re there for a reason, and people are watching.  So to make sure your first day isn’t your last day, and with a hat-tip to DP and Director Brad Knull, here’s 10 things you should never forget:

Subscription Based Video On Demand Users: The New Media Pioneers


“SVOD” is the relatively new term when it comes to media. It means “subscription-based video on-demand.” As a recent Nielsen Report says, “Over 40% of U.S. homes had access to an SVOD service as of November 2014, and 13% of homes boasted multiple streaming services. Homes with subscription streaming services have both a

Hollywood Quote: “Lost” Producer Carlton Cuse on Pastor Rob Bell


“Did I tell you about the spiritual special I’ve been working on with Rob Bell?” The producer of the hit TV series “Lost” recently asked “Variety” magazine. Carlton Cuse said he thought Bell was “Smart, funny and insightful, and approached religion and spirituality from a very different perspective.” He’s been trying to help Bell find a place on the TV landscape after shooting several programs for the OWN Network. “If you claim to be

The Hillsong Movie “Let Hope Rise” Will Be Released Nationwide May 29


I’ve been privileged to be an Executive Producer on the feature film “Let Hope Rise,” that tells the story of the world’s most popular worship band – Hillsong United, based at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.  The picture is finally locked, and as Deadline Hollywood reports, Relativity Media will be releasing the movie to theaters nationwide starting May 29th.  We’re proud of

Mr. Spock And The Joy Of Working With Real Stars


Years ago, I produced and directed a documentary film and hired Leonard Nimoy to narrate the project. At the time he was at the peak of his career and had done the Star Trek TV series and released a number of Star Trek movies as well. As a result, his agent put me through the grinder – after all, the agency didn’t want their star client dealing with a novice. But after working through the details of the fee and contract, we all showed up at the studio to record the project. During the process,