For Immediate Release
February 19, 2014

Kenneth Chan





NRB Welcomes Christian Film Community
and Makers of Faith-Based and Family-Friendly Films

Nashville, TN – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has established a Film Standing Committee to serve the unique interests of Christian film professionals. Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder and Publisher of MovieGuide®, will serve as the Committee Chairman. Dr. Baehr also serves on the NRB Board of Directors.

In addition, NRB is rolling out a number of film specific initiatives, events and offerings at their NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention, which will be held in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. These initiatives will be beneficial to Christian filmmakers who want to advance their projects, grow their personal network, and develop their skills, and to motion picture studios and others interested in garnering support for their projects from the faith-based market.

For Christian filmmakers, NRB’s initiatives mean they, as attendees, will have access to a full array of film-specific educational sessions and hear from recognized film professionals; for example, DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Columbia TriStar Pictures, will offer a keynote message; Emmy award-winning producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Emmy-nominated actress Roma Downey, will give a presentation about their soon-to-be released movie, Son of God; and filmmaker, media consultant, and writer Phil Cooke, together with NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, will provide a practical and theological critique of the soon-to-be released movie Noah, which they recently screened. During the critique, to be delivered at an event called “A Night with Noah and Paramount Pictures,” others who are familiar with the project will also speak, including film producer Cale Boyter, and clips from the movie will be shown.

NRB’s initiatives also promise to benefit motion picture studios and producers of film. Specifically, film screening rooms are now available at competitive rates, which will allow studios to build awareness of new films with Christian media professionals – a powerful group of potential advocates – and NRB’s new film community – word-of-mouth powerhouses. Son of God, Moms' Night Out, and God's Not Dead will all be screened during the NRB 2014 Convention. Additionally, distributors of Christian film who sign up to participate in the NRB Filmmakers’ Pitch-a-Thon may find new partners. During the event, distributors will have a series of five-minute, face-to-face meetings with Christian filmmakers who will pitch their projects; after the event, participating distributors can follow up on the projects they find promising.

For more information about NRB’s new film outreach, please call NRB Director of Membership Melissa Sturgis at or (703)351-4502.

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 the NRB Convention

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. NRB 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. For more information, go to




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