STUDIO CITY, CALIF. — Headlining the 21st annual Biola Media Conference will be media creatives such as “Selma” actor and Golden Globes nominee David Oyelowo, “Arrested Development” actor Tony Hale, YouTube prankster Jack Vale and Director Steve Oedekerk.
The one-day conference, held at CBS Studios back lot on Sat., May 2, 2015, will focus on inspiring attendees to become trailblazers of culture and creators of meaningful and excellent entertainment.
Keynote Speakers for the 2015 conference include:
Tony Hale: Actor/author who is best known for his role as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Vice President Selina Meyers played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus on HBO’s Emmy nominated political comedy, “Veep”. In 2013, Hale won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and was nominated again in 2014 for his performance. Prior to “Veep”, he co-starred as the socially awkward Buster Bluth on the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series “Arrested Development”, which aired on Fox from 2003 – 2006 and was later picked up for an additional season on Netflix in 2013.
David Oyelowo: Up and coming actor opposite Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher”; and has appeared in films such as “Selma”, “Interstellar”, “The Butler”, “Red Tails”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Help”. Oyelowo received a 2015 Golden Globes nomination for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama” for his performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” and for “Best Supporting Actor” for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in “Middle of Nowhere”. Oyelowo will be playing the villain in Paramount’s “Captive”.
Jerry Jameson: An accomplished Film & Television director and producer. Jameson has directed episodes for such classic television shows such as “Hawaii Five-O” (’75); “Magnum”, “P.I.”; “Dallas”; “Murder, She Wrote”; “The Mod Squad”; “The Six Million Dollar Man”. Jerry Jameson most recently directed the feature film “Captive” starring David Oyelowo (“Selma”, “Interstellar”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) that will be released in Fall 2015.
Terry Botwick: President of Vanguard Films & Animation, President and COO of Big Idea Productions (“VeggieTales”), SVP of Programming for CBS, President of Distribution and National Programming for the Hearst Corporation and Vice President of The Family Channel.
Steve Oedekerk: Academy Award nominated and experiencing vast success in writing, directing, producing, acting, stand-up comedy, and computer generated animation. While writing on the Fox series “In Living Color” (1990), Oedekerk collaborated with actor Jim Carrey on the surprise hit comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. When that film became a break-out success, Oedekerk was asked to write and direct its sequel, “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” (1995), which proved to be a rare sequel that far surpassed the box office gross of the original. He went on to write and direct “Bruce Almighty”, “The Nutty Professor”, and “Patch Adams”.
Jack Vale: YouTube’s star prankster and manufacturer of “The Pooter” discovered his favorite thing to do was make people laugh. With no money for advertising, he started uploading hidden camera pranks using the “The Pooter” in public places. Now, more than 200 million video views later, Vale is one of the most watched comedy pranksters out there and Cable channel HLN recently picked up his reality series “Jack Vale: Offline” which features Vale and his family.
The Biola Media Conference will also showcase the 2013 Fall Biola Film “Heritage” and 2014 Spring Biola Film “Kyle and Captain Courage.”
Interviews will be available with a limited number of speakers. For a press pass, please email Jenna Loumagne at Jenna.email@example.com and complete a press application at www.biolamedia.com.
The Biola Media conference attracts more than 600 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, television, public relations, media marketing, management and digital media.
For more information or to register online, visit www.biolamedia.com. General Admission ($150) is open until April 26, 2015; Cost is $180 at the door. Lunch and coffee bar provided.
About Biola Media Conference:
The Biola Media Conference exists to educate, inspire, and network media professionals while providing creative inspiration into the spiritual nature of any career in the media industry. BMC attracts participants who will benefit from direct interaction with acclaimed industry pros who are at the top of their craft. From CEOs to students, attendees secure valuable information, insight, and contacts that strengthen their character and their careers.
For more information contact Jenna Lougmagne, media relations specialist, at (562) 777-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org