For Immediate Release
February 8, 2016

Kenneth Chan





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

Slots for the Pitch-a-thon are filling up fast, so would-be participants are encouraged to sign up at 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,, 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 For more information about the Pitch-a-thon, visit

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

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




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