STUDIO CITY, Calif. – The Hollywood entertainment industry has become increasingly aware of the growing market for faith-based films and entertainment, said movie producer DeVon Franklin at the Biola Media Conference at CBS Studios on Saturday.
Franklin, most recently noted for his role as producer of Whitney Houston's last movie, "Sparkle," was given the Biola Media Award at the 17th annual event based on his recent career success. Beginning as an intern 15 years ago, he currently serves as the Vice President of Production for Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
"I've seen that there has been a lot more acceptance of faith," said Franklin during a press conference after the event. "There's been more openness to it in terms of understanding the need to serve an underserved audience out there, specifically the faith-based audience. more >>
Micro-budget film "October Baby" has proven to be a huge success despite controversy and has topped $5 million at the box office, shocking the film industry.
The dramatic film opened in March opposite "The Hunger Games" but enamored audiences with a tale of a young woman who uncovers the truth about her past.
The pro-life film touches a subject seldom covered in Hollywood: abortion. Starring "Smallville" star John Schneifer, Jasmine Guy, and newcomers Rachel Hendrix and Jason Burkey, "October Baby" follows 19-year-old Hannah who is in search of her birth mother. more >>
The Reverend Della Reese will turn 80 years old in July, and her life is a testimony to all who know her. Reese is perhaps best known for her powerful voice and for her role as head angel Tess on the hit series "Touched by an Angel." She spoke with The Christian Post about her life, faith, and what lies ahead. Don't count on her slowing down anytime soon!
"I've been a vocalist & entertainer since 6 years old," Reese told CP. "I started singing in church and a chain of events, some of this, some of that, but all God led me to where I am now."
Reese gives full credit for her faith to her mother, who she says was a "friend of God. That was normal in her house. I saw my mother's relationship with God and saw that it 'worked.' She was able to do things my father's salary was unable to do, had peace of mind and a good relationship with every human being." more >>
"Trade of Innocents," a film about child victims of human trafficking, was previewed to rave reviews at Yale Law School a few weeks ago and The Christian Post recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the film's producers about the movie, about why telling the story of human trafficking through the lens of a feature film is powerful, as well as how the subject matter is important for both Christian and mainstream audiences.
Jim Schmidt, a Los Angeles-based film producer and award-winning actor who has been in films such as Billy Graham's "The Climb," and the 1980s film "Super Christian," signed on to co-produce "Trade of Innocents" after global activists Bill and Laurie Bolthouse of Breckenridge, Colo., approached him.
The Bolthouse's have been involved in global health and justice issues for years and became inspired to make a feature film about child trafficking after their paths converged with young victims of the human trade and those who work as investigators and rescuers to free them. more >>
Popular pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas-based megachurch The Potter's House has announced that he has come on board to executive produce an upcoming biopic film chronicling the love story of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife, Winnie Mandela.
TDJ Enterprises/TDJ Independents signed on to produce the film to help with its domestic marketing and distribution plans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which has just wrapped production, stars singer and actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie, and acclaimed actor Terrence Howard as Mandela. more >>
The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards has recognized today's top Christian artists as David Mann and Chondra Pierce led the ceremony.
Christian and gospel music's biggest event of the year took place Thursday and saw names such as Jason Crabb, Natalie Grant, Kari Jobe, and many others.
Ahead of his hosting duties, Mann appeared on the red carpet at the Dove Awards alongside his wife Tamela. more >>