Catholics Media and Culture

John W. Kennedy, a practicing Catholic, is the founder and Dir. of Development of The Creative Universe Entertainment™, a media consultation and development company focusing on the creation, development and support of high-quality mainstream entertainment that upholds positive timeless values such as faith in a loving God, kindness, forgiveness, gratitude, tolerance, wisdom, courage, self-confidence tempered with humility, personal responsibility and the all-important ability to resist hypocrisy and laugh at our own human foibles.

Current projects include "Bryant Park" (an uplifting romantic-comedy), "The Tommie Scott Story" (based on the inspirational biography) and "Photo Finish" (a sci-fi TV pilot). He has written over 100 children's novels based on episodes of the Cartoon Network series "Ben 10", "Ben 10: Alien Force", "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien", "Ben 10: Omniverse" and "Generator Rex" among others. He also writes Beliefnet’s "Faith, Media & Culture" blog and has discussed the topic as a guest on several radio broadcasts.

Previously, he has produced successful news and talk programming for CNN, Fox News, Pax TV and SiriusXM. Over the years, his notable interviews and/or bookings have included such diverse personalities as Sean Astin, Corbin Bernsen, Brian Bird, James Brolin, Kirk Cameron, Deepak Chopra, Sandy Duncan, Roma Downey, Robert Duvall, Emilio Estevez, Mick Fleetwood, Andy Garcia, Carla Gugino, movie-star-turned-Catholic nun Mother Dolores Hart, Patricia Heaton, Lee Iacocca, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Michael Landon, Jr., Pattie Mallete (Justin Bieber’s mother), B.B. King, Colin Powell, Dennis Prager, Rick Santorum, Martin Sheen, Kevin Sorbo, Della Reese, Christopher Reeve, Robert and Robert A. Schuller, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Martha Williamson and countless others.

Specialties: Script Writing, Movie/TV Novelizations & Adaptations, TV Content Creation and Development, Creative Consultation. Producing and Booking News and Talk shows

Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 1. The End of the World. From The Wrap:  In its final edition, the News of the World offered a “sad but proud” farewell to its readers, after […]

Because so many of the faith and media stories covered involved other faiths as well, I asked for the name change.  You can find the old blog with the new name  here. Thanks for following me. Best, JWK Encourage one […]

Osama Bin Laden is dead! Long live America! The masterful execution of the taking out of Osama Bin Laden by American forces under the leadership of the Obama Administration has helped our country recover some of that feeling of unity […]

Hollywood Reporter asks How Will Osama Bin Laden Death Impact Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Kill Bin Laden’ Movie? Yes, that was my first thought too. Then there’s this: Osama Bin Laden News Pre-Empts Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ That actually was kind of […]

John Eklund’s Catholic novel. Yesterday, I wrote in this space that people of faith need to stop complaining about the tone and quality of entertainment media (including TV, movies, music and books) and start creating alternatives. Now, I’m informed of […]

It’s time to go on offense (without being offensive). This week I’ve been focusing on the losing game Christians have found themselves playing of biting every time somebody attempts to bring attention upon themselves by intentionally insulting our faith and […]

Following up on yesterday’s blog about how Lady Gaga and some others in the media manufacture instances of Christian outrage for marketing purposes, commenter Kenneth had a valid point when he wrote about the “outrage industry” (good term) in which […]

It’s time to ignore them. This Easter season seems to have brought forth its usual (perhaps a bit more than usual) number of attention seekers hoping to use the holy day to piss off Catholics (and Christians in general) and, […]

When it comes to the presentation of the Christian faith on television, nothing quite compares to Jesus of Nazareth, the 1977 Franco Zeffirelli miniseries that made its U.S. debut on April 3rd of that year as an NBC Easter presentation. […]

Benedict XVI warns that technology is no replacement for God. So, let me get this straight. Access to a Blackberry and Google isn’t the same as ultimate power over the universe? Good to know.  Meanwhile… Are smartphones making us dumb? […]