Looking for innovative, industry-specific training sessions to hone your skills as a professional or support your staff in their roles? The NRB 2023 International Christian Media Convention offers you a lineup of Talks and Workshops hosted by NRB Standing Committees where you can engage with industry counterparts and hear directly from moguls of the trade.
Television and film professionals should consider adding the following sessions to their convention schedule, hosted by the NRB Television and Film Committees:
New Revenue Opportunities for Christian Broadcasters Through ATSC 3.0
Tuesday, May 23, from 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Moderated by Joshua Weiss Ph.D. ABD (Co-Founder & CEO of ARK Multicasting, Inc.), panelists Mark Andrew Aitken (President of ONE Media and Senior Vice President of Sinclair Broadcast Group), Ralph Bachofen (Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Triveni Digital), Ali Dernaika (Senior Solutions Architect & Digital Video Services at Hewlett Packard Enterprise), and Imran Syed (Senior RAN Manager at Trilogy NextGen) will help Christian broadcasters understand how the new broadcast standard of NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) can help them generate new revenue streams.
The Culture of Christian Media Distribution
Wednesday, May 24, from 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Television and media platforms within the Christian community have many different facets and paradigms that can sometimes be difficult for content creators to navigate. In this workshop, moderated by Greg Bogdan (President and Director of Creative Innovation at Vantage Impact Partners), Christian television network executives and platform gatekeepers, Chris Bueno (CEO of Ocean Avenue Entertainment), Tom Newman (Senior Advisor to Chairman at TBN), and Tom Nolan (Chief Operating Officer at TCT Television Network), will dialogue about the many ways that they engage with content creators and explain what drives decision making surrounding content that is licensed for a fee, distributed through advertising or on a barter basis, and airtime that is paid for by the content owner.
Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking
Wednesday, May 24, from 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
One of the most destructive myths about creativity is the idea that we need to wait for inspiration. But as artist Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Phil Cooke (Cooke Media Group Founder & CEO) will talk about the definitive experience for creative people who must deliver breakthrough ideas on demand. If you’re a creative professional, this session will teach you how to “prime the pump” for creativity, overcome roadblocks, and deliver great ideas when you need them the most.
Trends in Distribution for Film and TV
Wednesday, May 24, from 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
With so much change in the distribution landscape in recent years, Jared Geesey (Senior Vice President of Global Distribution at Angel Studios) will discuss and answer questions on how to stay up to date with the latest innovations from P&A crowdfunding to event theatrical, virtual cinema releases, streaming platform deals, and more.
How to Pitch Your Script
Thursday, May 25, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Catherine Clinch (writer & producer at Nuclear Family Films) will share with attendees how they can craft a story that evokes a positive emotional response and shows complex, multi-dimensional characters in a world we haven’t seen before; then how to tell a story in a single sentence and a series of images that will grab the attention of buyers and make them want to hear more.
What is the Metaverse and Why it Matters
Thursday, May 25, from 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
With screentime becoming more consuming and immersive, the concept of the Metaverse is increasingly being discussed alongside terms such as Web3, NFTs, Blockchain, and DeFi. But what are these things? What is the Metaverse? How does it impact us? Can it be used for good? The connectedness and applications that this new virtual world offers can be commended or critiqued but not ignored. In this session, Zach Fay (Founder & CEO of Lightgliders) will explore these questions with a sense of hope and an eye for opportunities to impact.
How to Make a Script that Sells
Thursday, May 25, from 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Dr. Theodore Baehr (Chairman of Good News Communications, Inc. and Founder & Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®) will discuss how to develop a great script that the entertainment industry wants to acquire. Attendees will learn how to sell their script and to whom and receive legal and marketing solutions for their script.
The Power and Purpose in Creating High Quality Faith Entertainment
Friday, May 26, from 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Join Michael Scott (CEO of Pureflix), Linda Blazy (Chief Content Officer at Pureflix), and Loren Schwartz (Chief Marketing Officer at Pureflix), the leaders at the premiere faith and family streaming service Pure Flix, as they discuss the importance of creative, high-quality faith entertainment.
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NRB 2023 Pitch-a-Thon and TV Showcase
Do you have a full-fledged film or video project, a screenplay you’d like to see made into a movie, a written work that belongs on the screen, or a manuscript for a book you’d like to publish? If so, the NRB 2023 Pitch-a-thon on Thursday, May 25, from 3:30 PM–5:30 PM, is for you.
If you are a producer who is looking for exposure for your programs, be sure and join us Monday, May 22, from 1:00 PM–3:00 PM, at the NRB 2023 TV Showcase, where you can present your programs to a wide range of network program directors and station managers! Stay tuned for more information on the NRB 2023 Pitch-a-thon and TV Showcase. Those who noted their interest in these events during the NRB registration process will be contacted first when registration for these events open.