I continue to be encouraged by what God is doing in the New York media industry. We recently held a dinner for media professionals. It was a delightful evening that touched everyone's heart.
The meeting opened with a welcome and prayer, followed by a presentation by a Technical Lighting Director for a major animation studio. Jon shared a little of his background, and then showed the trailer for the film he's been working on – Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who. Interestingly, the well-known refrain - "A person's a person, no matter how small!"- has definite implications for the pro-life issue.
Next, a 3-time Emmy winning Executive Producer told about his background in sports production, reality shows, documentaries and films. God has been working in his life recently to show him the importance of building good relationships in order to produce quality programs that encourage positive values. Because of the respect he had with the world's top ice-skaters, he was able to make Skating with Celebrities on the Fox network a popular program that broke away from the sleeze often associated with reality shows.
Rob also showed this video, which he produced as a promo for US Figure Skating. It aired on NBC in January. My son, Will, is the voice! Following in dad's footsteps. I'm really proud of him!
The evening honored the recently retired VP/General Manager of one of New York's top radio stations. Bob was one of the original members of our Mastermedia group, and graciously accepted an award commending him "For His Gracious Spirit, Active Participation and Consistent Generosity. A True Christian Gentleman." Bob talked openly about his relationship with Christ, and shared his heart on the great need for responsible leadership in the media.
Our featured speaker for the evening was an Emmy winning television Producer who has worked for ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, Court TV and ESPN. He spoke openly about his faith, and how God had been working in his heart to show him that the key to success is not the kinds of programs we work on, but how we draw on God's creativity to make what we are working on excellent. He showed samples of how he was able to include appropriate Christian themes in the content of some of the secular shows he worked on.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening where God was honored, and we were challenged and blessed.