Directors Korey Pollard and Arthur Anderson Join the New “Access Lunch” Networking Event at the Biola Media Conference

Apr. 20, 2011 By Jenna Bartlo

STUDIO CITY, CALIF. — The Biola Media Conference announces a networking event added to the Saturday, April 30 conference schedule called the “ACCESS LUNCH.”  Conference attendees will have one-on-one access to 12 leaders in the entertainment industry at a privately held luncheon on the CBS Studio Center lot.

“For the addition of only $20.00 with their BMC registration, attendees get an unprecedented opportunity to reserve a seat at a ten-person table with an ACCESS HOSTof their choice,” said Jack Hafer, producer, To End All Wars and chairman of Biola’s Cinema & Media Arts department.  “Connecting people to resources and information is what the BMC is all about.  And this event adds volumes in maximizing the networking and instructional impact of the day.”

Table hosts for DIRECTORS include Korey Pollard, first assistant director on Fox’s Lie to Me, with credits that include Monk, Deadwood, House, Grey’s Anatomy, andCSI; and Arthur Anderson,1st assistant director on Face-Off and Mission Impossible II. Other table hosts include, PRODUCTION: Mark Clayman, Producer, Pursuit of Happyness; DISTIRBUTION: Simon Swart, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Fox Home Entertainment; WRITNG: Brian Godawa, Screenwriter, To End All Wars along with Dean Batali, That 70’s Show; ENTERTAINMENT LAW: Travis Mann, Entertainment Attorney & Producer, Infinity Media…and many more.

The Biola Media Conference is also pleased to offer a pre-conference workshop and breakfast reception from 7:30am – 8:30am with producer Ken Wales, Christy, Amazing Grace and director Jerry Jamison.  These two top industry pros share how they developed a leading news story into a feature film, An Unlikely Angel -The Ashley Smith Story.

Workshops and the Access Lunch event will bring more than thirty-five leading industry professionals to the event.  Full workshops and conference schedule can be viewed online. 

  • Anatomy Of Films Social Media Campaign
  • Navigating The Film Festival World
  • Off-The-Shelf Visual Effects
  • Making It Real For The Actor
  • Plot And Soul
  • Pitching And Selling Your Projects
  • Bringing Films Of Faith To Screen
  • Hollywood Economics: 101 How Movies Make Money (Or Not!...And Other Inconvenient Truths)
  • Shrink Your “Buts” - Eliminating The Barriers To Effective Church Media 
  • Option Agreement Principles Every Writer And Producer Should Know
  • Film Finance Using Foreign Pre-Sales

The Biola Media Conference is honored to haveactor, producer, director Sean Astin as the closing speaker of the day. Having performed in more than 70 films in the past 25 years, Astin was immortalized as “Mikey” in the 1980’s classic, The Goonies, inspired audiences as the working class dreamer in “Rudy”, and will forever be remembered as the brave and loyal Samwise Gamgee in the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

BMC 2011 Theme - BEYOND DIGITAL: What Matters Now  

The entertainment and media industries can agree on one thing: Disruption has become the “new normal.” As a result, at this year’s Biola Media Conference, we’re focused on priorities for the future and defining “success” in the new entertainment economy. The world has gone digital, but in that world, what matters now?  

Kevin Kelly, Co-founder of Wired Magazine: Keynote Speaker

There’s no better voice on the subject than this year’s keynote speaker Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine and one of the most influential voices in the digital revolution.  Kevin will address the cultural impact of technology on the future of the entertainment and media industries.

Biola Media Conference

The Biola Media Conference has a proud 16-year history of bringing together top industry leaders, men and women of faith and integrity, who offer their expertise from the trenches and forecast their vision for future opportunities in film, television and digital media.  It attracts 700 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.


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For more information or to register online, visit $150 General Admission through April 24th; and $180 at the door.  Lunch and coffee bar provided.  Limited press passes available upon request. Call 562-777-4061 for press pass information.




Biola University’s Cinema and Media Arts department continues to produce award-winning filmmakers such as Scott Derrickson, director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Biola is a private university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University.” With over 145 academic programs in six schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit www.biola.eduor call (562) 777 – 4061.

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