CEO / Producer
Mary is a faith-based American film and television producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and founder of Aloe Entertainment (based in Beverly Hills, CA). After attending University of Southern California, Mary worked as an entertainment reporter for Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly Radio. She then moved to New York and transitioned into producing eight national talk shows, such as CBS’s Geraldo and a news magazine show at Paramount television called Hard Copy. Mary freelanced for ABC News 20/20 and went on to produce other shows and specials such as Caught in the Act (NBC/Dick Clark Productions) and Case Closed (USA Network). Mary’s first executive producer credit was for the Columbia TriStar television movie The Princess and the Marine, which generated so much excitement it incited the second biggest bidding war in television history and the show became the highest rated Movie of the Week that year for NBC. Along with producing seven movies, Mary was hired by Regent Releasing who brought her in to run a $50 million dollar P &A fund backed by Merrill Lynch. Mary is currently in pre-production on two prestigious films: Mary Mother of Christ (2014), a biblical epic action drama which will shoot in Malta and The Middle East. She has brought back many of the key players from The Passion of the Christ. Also in pre-production is Beauty of the Sharks (2014), a movie thriller set in 1959 France and stars Bill Nighy, Faye Dunaway and Sharon Stone.
Brian has been helping individuals and institutions protect and grow their investment portfolios since 1983, with over 25 years of experience as a senior advisory at Fortune 500 companies such as Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch. Today Brian serves as Managing Director and Senior Wealth Adviser of Concert Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm managing nearly $1.5 billion in assets. Brian offers his clients a broader range of products and services while maintaining the personal touch of a boutique investment advisory firm. Brian also hosts The Brian Britt Show which broadcasts live from the U-T San Diego studios, where he talks with some of America’s best-selling authors and top business leaders to learn the story of their success and how they balance their personal lives with their work and busy schedule. Brian received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of Business at Saint John’s University and became a registered representative at the age of 19. He is an accomplished pianist, an avid horseman and former pro-am polo player. He has donated hundreds of hours to helping children and adults with disabilities and has been a patron of the arts through San Diego’s Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Ballet.
Richard J. Cook
Producer / Chairman / CEO
Richard is a veteran producer with seven theatrically-released feature films completed. He became Chairman of Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. in 2012, after stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. He was promoted to the office of the President in 2008, and previously served as Executive Vice President in charge of all operations for his duration since joining the company in 2000. Richard has managed productions of $2-25 million, bringing each one in on time and on budget. He has negotiated distribution contracts with some of the biggest studios, including 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. He has managed all aspects of theatrical releases from print bookers, release plans, media buys, film lab schedules and deliveries, collections from theaters, and reporting to the trades. Prior to Gener8Xion, Richard was a visual effects producer at Santa Monica Studios, where he worked in the creation of 5,000 visual effects for television and film (including the Academy Award®—winning team for the feature film Independence Day). Richard worked with over 50 different studios and production companies including Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, and 20th Century Fox on over 25 feature films, such as Men In Black, Star Trek: First Contact, and Dr. Doolittle. His commercial work includes Pepsi, Coca Cola, and Lexus.
Dr. Ivan Filby
Born just outside of Cambridge, England, Ivan completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Management at Aston Business School, Aston University, one of Europe’s leading business schools. He taught full time in the School of Business Studies, University of Dublin: Trinity College from 1989-1996 and subsequently worked internationally for eight years as the University’s first Director of International Student Affairs. Ivan has been a visiting professor at the University Anahuac del Sur and the University Anahuac Mayab in Mexico and Sinnea in Italy. He has taught in over 20 countries on a wide range of management topics. In 2005, Ivan moved to Greenville College, Illinois as Chair of the Management Department, where among other things, he launched a music business major and restructured Agapefest, the college’s annual Christian music festival, which he oversaw for five years. In 2012 Ivan became the Dean of the Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma Nazarene University and is now the President of Greenville College.
Actress / Producer / Vice President
Deborah Flora, Vice President of Lamplight Entertainment, has over fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry as an award-winning actress and producer, most recently producing the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good, featuring Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise, Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, and many others. She has also worked in development for production companies that have won Emmy, Gold Globe and Sundance Awards. Deborah is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Southern Methodist University’s League Theatre program, Valedictorian of the Meadows School of the Arts, and as a President’s Scholar she studied at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. As Miss Colorado and 2nd Runner-Up to Miss America, Deborah spoke and performed extensively around the world and continues to speak across the United States. Deborah is also a radio show host on the Salem Network and the Co-Founder of American Women Media.
Writer / Director / President
President of Lamplight Entertainment, Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including as an award-winning producer at Disney and as the writer/director of feature films, commercials, and music videos. Most recently, Jonathan produced and directed the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary, Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good featuring Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise, Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division, Jonathan served 12 years in the military. He received his Bachelors of Arts and Science (Television Performance and Production) and a Masters in Arts and Science (Marketing) from Ohio University. Jonathan currently serves on the Advisory Board for the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C., formed to honor films that celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military.
V.P. of Business Development
Ron is currently vice president of business development at Outreach, Inc., the largest provider of church outreach services in the world. He is also general manager of Outreach Media Group and serves as the director of advertising for Outreach magazine. Ron is founding executive editor of ChurchLeaders.com and was general editor of SermonCentral.com, the world’s largest online community of pastors. Ron has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the faith arena, particularly in the area of publishing, marketing, advertising, and films. He was integrally involved in the promotion of faith-based films such as The Passion of the Christ, The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Fireproof, and many others. Ron is known for his keen strategic marketing mind, as well as for his extensive network of contacts in the faith market. He has published three books including the popular children’s fantasy Arnie Hackett, written more than 30 professional articles and has trained thousands of teachers and pastors worldwide. Ron received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in English from Colorado State University. He has four years of graduate-level studies in linguistics and communication, including two years of study with Wycliffe Bible translators in programs at Seattle Pacific University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Oregon.
Producer / CEO
3rd Millennium Motion Pictures
Tony has been involved in business, education, leadership, and Christian ministry for our four decades. He is the founder & CEO of 3rd Millennium Motion Pictures, LLC, which is a faith based production company currently working on several feature length films focusing on heroic characters and Christian principles. Tony is also actively involved with his wife’s company Aglow International and travels around the world helping thousands of people from different nations and countries. His wife Jane Hansen Hoyt serves as President/CEO of Aglow International, a Kingdom community of more than 200,000 warriors, champions, and global leaders who touch 17 million people annually. Aglow has established powerful Kingdom communities founded on the fullness of Christ in nearly 170 nations. The ultimate goal is to see every nation touched through encounters that restore people to a radiant place of relationship with God.
Alan C. Hueth, Ph.D.
Professor of Communications
Point Loma Nazarene University
Alan is a writer, producer, director and editor of over 300 contracted projects, including corporate media, sports, music, news and documentaries, music video, commercials and short films. He is a college professor, supervisor, and executive producer for a student-operated college television station. Alan has served as a judge for both professional and student TV and film festivals, along with direction and editing 10 half-hour Christian interview shows. These programs were called Image of Loveliness with author Joanne Wallace. Alan is creator of PLNU’s Theatre London Summer Study Program, which focuses on film & TV documentary production and propaganda studies. He has also created PLNU’s Sundance Film Festival Program, where students screen films and shoot a short documentary at the Sundance film festival every other year. Alan received his B.A in Information and Communication Studies from California State University, Chino; his M.A. in Radio & Television from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. Alan consults with and serves on numerous boards for professional media organizations.
Producer / Humanitarian / CEO
Movie to Movement
Jason is a film producer, international humanitarian, and founder of Movie to Movement, a global organization designed to help audiences find and support positive faith-based movies that speak to their values. Jones was a producer on the critically acclaimed 2006 film Bella, which won several film industry awards, including the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Jason was also the associate producer of the 2008 film The Stoning of Soraya M., which won the NAACP Image Award in 2010 as well as the Los Audience Award in 2009. While attending the University of Hawaii, Jason formed the Pro-Life Student Union and served as State Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom. Jason has also served as Director of Hawaii Right to Life, National Youth Director of American Life League, and Public Relations Director from 2001 to 2007 for the world’s largest international pro-life organization, Human Life International. Jason travels throughout the world and in 2009 visited Sudan where he distributed $2 million in food and medicine. Jones was the host of the worldwide Facts of Life radio show and hosts The Great Campaign on Radio Maria. He’s appeared on ABC, EWTN, Fox, and CNN.
Producer / Author / CEO
MJM Entertainment Group
Mark Joseph is an award-winning film and music producer, author, columnist and founder of MJM Entertainment Group. In 1992, Mark started his career in television anchoring the Entertainment Report for CNN and spent the next decade hosting The Interview with guests like Larry King, Charlton Heston, and Jay Leno. From 2000-2005, he worked at Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment in the areas of development and marketing. In 2004 he produced the award-winning rock soundtrack for The Passion of The Christ featuring Lauryn Hill, P.O.D., Creed, Kirk Franklin, and others as well as on marketing. Mark has developed and/or marketed 26 films including The Chronicles of Narnia, 2016, Ray, Because of Winn-Dixie, I Am David, and The Ultimate Gift. In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge with producer Ralph Winter. In 2001 Joseph co-founded the Damah Film Festival. Mark is the author of four books, The Rock & Roll Rebellion; Faith, God & Rock 'n' Roll; Wild Card; and The Lion, The Professor & The Movies. He won a Capra Award for his work as producer of the film Doonby and a GMA Music Awards for his work as producer of The Passion of the Christ: Songs. Mark is a regular contributor to Foxnews.co and The Huffington Post and the founder and publisher of BullyPulpit.com. He is currently producing the feature film Reagan.
Film & Media Strategist
With over twenty years of experience, John is a seasoned business strategist in technology, motion pictures, and television. He is currently working with such diverse companies as FUNimation Entertainment, the dominant industry leader in Anime (with new divisions for family friendly films); American United Media, a live action film/TV/media company that includes the former Chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Age Management and Research India (AMAR India), a leading international complimentary education organization; and GoTek Energy, the developer of a next generation highly efficient fuel agnostic engine. As an aviation industry icon John was seen on the cover of more than 15 books and magazines as well as working with projects for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels. Mr. Lasko’s clients have included Billionaires, Media Moguls, Sports Superstars and A-list actors. He was honored by the Prime Minister of Malaysia for his work developing an aviation program for the World Youth Foundation in Malaysia. In technology Mr. Lasko has worked with such distinguished institutions as the Center for Solar and Hydrogen Research in Germany, Lawrence Livermore National Labs as well as participating in the NASA/JPL small business development community and the CalTech & MIT Enterprise programs.
Dr. Rich Melheim
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Born in North Dakota, Rich Melheim is a bestselling author, playwright, songwriter, cartoonist, and international speaker. As a successful entrepreneur, he is a business systems consultant, preschool designer, and family counselor. Rich has appeared on over 50 network television shows from WNBC-NY and KTLA to CNN consulting on family issues. An ordained Lutheran pastor with a BA in Journalism, an MDiv in Theology, and a Doctorate in Semiotics and the Future, Rich has created Christian educational systems that pull parents into the core of children. Rich is the founder behind Faith Inkubators, a Christian academic think tank that works in the US, Australia, Korea and India. He founded and manages Faith Inkubators Publishing, Faith Inkubators Foundation, and the Preschool Incubators Project, dedicated to creating "access to excellence" in early learning through the arts. Melheim has counseled parents on Donahue, Rolanda, and Montel, among many other top networks. With his Faith Inkubators Foundation, Rich conducts think tanks for non-profits and for-profits with mission connections on four continents. In 2005, Rich co-founded Salt Lick Productions (a film and media company) and in 2008, founded the Preschool Incubators Project (PIP) to research the neurology, psychology and sociology of optimal early learning and curricula that bring "access to excellence" to lower income children using brain-based learning on an arts-based platform. Rich has produced 26 musical albums, six stage plays, multiple television/net shows, dozens of books, and won awards as varying as the Youth Specialties Outstanding Youth Ministry Innovator, Jack Young Award, Publisher's Marketing Association Humor Book of the Year, and the International History Week Literary Achievement Award. His latest writing projects include a television mini-series on the life of young Theodore Roosevelt (Young Four Eyes. Rich has just launched an international speaking tour for his new book Holding Your Family Together.
Director / Producer / CEO
Originally from Sydney, Australia, David Nixon, the son of outback missionaries, has been producing and directing films for over 30 years: documentaries in Russia, India, and throughout Europe; national commercials for Walt Disney World, Nickelodeon, and the Ritz Carleton; and feature films such as Fireproof, Facing the Giants, & Making Waves. His success is due to his ability to create classic, elegant images that evoke emotion and induce heartfelt response. David was first called on by Sherwood Pictures in 2004 to produce the wildly successful movie Facing the Giants. By bringing together a small group of Christian technicians with the volunteer help of an entire church, Nixon was able to give a $100,000 project a big screen look, and ultimately garner over $30 million at the box office and over $70 million worldwide (theater/DVDs). After that impressive accomplishment, Sherwood called on David and his team to bring their expertise to their next feature Fireproof. Fireproof was named the #1 Independent Film of 2008 and grossed $33.4 million at the box office and over $100 million worldwide (theater/DVDs). David’s award winning 2010 film Letters to God is the heartwarming story of an 8 year old cancer patient who writes letters to God. His latest project Renee is a creative blend of artistic fantasy balanced with harsh reality, which follows 19 year old Renee on her courageous journey towards recovery. The true story behind Renee is responsible for inspiring the global non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms. David graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Biblical Studies.
President, QuakeHold! Industral
Founder, Ready America
For almost a decade Dran has helped churches across the nation start Salt and Light Citizenship Ministries, training community leaders and volunteers on current events and politics from a Christian view. Dran has been interviewed on TV and radio, and on the KTLA’s news program, “Women’s History Month: Women Inventors.� With a strong background in consulting and business development, her start-up experience has been featured in two books, “Women Invent!� by Susan Casey and “The Enterprising Woman� by Mari Florence. She is also the president of QuakeHold! and founder of ReadyAmerica.com, the nation’s largest supplier of disaster-preparedness products and safety fasteners in the United States and Japan. An innovative leader in its market, the company’s earthquake simulator is a tool used for corporations, CERT programs, and schools as part of disaster-preparedness training and education efforts. Dran is married with three children and one grandchild. She enjoys water skiing, Bible study, and community leadership activities. She received a scholarship to USC in Marketing and attended UCSD in Web Development.
Echo Bridge Entertainment
Leonard Shapiro is President of Rootbeer Films, Inc., founded in 1996 to act as an independent consulting company specializing in the marketing, financing, distribution and acquisition of independent motion pictures. Since 2003, Mr. Shapiro has acted as an Acquisitions Consultant for Echo Bridge Entertainment as part of its worldwide acquisitions team. From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Shapiro served as President and CEO of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment (SGE), an independent production company with its own foreign sales department and an exclusive distribution arrangement with MCA/Universal Home Video. Mr. Shapiro supervised the production, marketing, and distribution for SGE's 14 in-house productions, as well as the distribution for more than 100 completed films from independent producers. Before forming SGE, Mr. Shapiro was Vice President of Acquisitions and Marketing Services for AVCO Embassy Pictures, responsible for negotiating and acquiring films for U.S. theatrical distribution, along with the marketing and distribution of over 25 films. Mr. Shapiro has served as a faculty member for the film entertainment program at UCLA Extension for fourteen years, teaching independent film production and distribution classes. Mr. Shapiro also serves as an instructor at the Producer's Summer Program at UCLA, which attracts film students globally. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Shapiro served as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Film Market Association (AFMA), an association of more than 100 international media companies, including ABC, NBC, Miramax, New Line Cinema, and Artisan Entertainment.
Veteran filmmaker Ken Wales has over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry and was the producer on the highly acclaimed 2006 film Amazing Grace. During a fifteen year partnership with director Blake Edwards, Wales produced many memorable films including The Tamarind Seed, starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif and The Wild Rovers, starring William Holden and Ryan O'Neal. He also served as associate producer on many feature films including Darling Lili, starring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson; The Great Race with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; The Party; and Revenge of the Pink Panther, both starring Peter Sellers. Wales co-produced the ABC 8 hour miniseries, Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winner John Steinbeck's East of Eden, starring Jane Seymour; was executive Producer of the award-winning CBS Television series Christy, and was associate producer of the first season of Cagney and Lacey. He was Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures and has served as production supervisor and consultant for many other features. Ken graduated with honors from the School of Cinema at University of Southern California and received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Greenville College in Illinois. Ken serves on the faculty of his alma mater, the School of Cinema and Television at University of Southern California.