Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and culture:

Michael Van Dyck has a positive vision for the future of TV and movies.  After 13 years at the packaging powerhouse Paradigm, the veteran literary has left to realize his vision of build his own industry paradigm, one based on building a roster of unique, high quality inspirational brands with broad mainstream appeal. Inspired Entertainment, his new management/production shingle, is being backed by Pure Flix, the very successful independent producer of faith-themed films like God is Not Dead and The Case for Christ. While those movies pretty much speak to the proverbial choir, Inspired will actively seek a more mainstream audience.

Inspired Entertainment will be a one-stop shot to develop, package, and broker big tent inspirational content to broadcast, cable, and streaming networks, building a presence in the entertainment market that Van Dyck believes is not currently being adequately filled. He will also continue to represent staff writer and director clients on current network series.

Van Dyck, who himself has built a pretty impressive resume since entering the TV/Feature Literary agent business in the early 90’s, will manage and direct Inspired Entertainment’s operations, identifying and representing top accredited writers/content creators, actors, and directors through
long-standing relationships with the artists, TV and feature lit agents, managers, and studio/network executives.

Throughout his decades-long career, Van Dyck has had a tremendous influence in the entertainment industry by packaging and selling scripted and non-scripted series and movies of all genres – through it all his passion has been for placing positive entertainment in the hands of networks and studios. While his resume includes the decidedly edgy serial killer drama Dexter for Showtime, he also has been a force behind bringing Peter Barsocchini’s High School Musical  to Disney Channel and Martha Williamson’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered to Hallmark. His other projects have included Kirk Franklin’s Sunday Best for BET and the guardian angel drama pilot Unveiled for NBC, among many others.

Inspired Entertainment has the financial capability to option, buy, and finance development and production. Inspired also controls significant intellectual properties for broadcast, cable, and streaming development in TV and features. In short, the new kid on the block is already a positive force to be reckoned with. We’ll be monitoring its growth here.

John W. Kennedy is a writer and script consultant who specializes in family-friendly and inspirational the development of inspirational entertainment.

Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and culture:

Some faith-themed films worth keeping an eye on this month.

Fathom Events, Chelsea Road Productions and Tricord Media present Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies in movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, March 24 at 12:55  and Monday, March 26 at 6:30 PM (all local times).

Based on a short story by Canadian director and producer Bruce Stacey (God Rocks!, Journey to Christmas), the film will premiere in U.S. cinemas for a two-day-only event. This is the first of a planned trilogy that will follow the adventures of Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif, as they work together to save their village from a menacing dragon.  

“The original story sat in my drawer for more than 20 years until I was encouraged by friends at Cartoon Conrad Productions (Kulipari-Netflix Original Series) to dust it off and adapt it for the screen,” Director and Producer Bruce Stacey says. “I am thrilled this family adventure is making it to the big screen for audiences nationwide to enjoy.”

Synopsis: Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif must set aside their differences and use the power of magical Blue Daisies and an ancient Song to save their world from an evil Ice Dragon. When the blue flowers that once bloomed all around her village began to disappear, Melody and her eccentric grandfather recognize this as a sign of great danger… but no one believes them! Racing against time, Melody must convince Leif and the other villagers before it’s too late.

Starring the voice talents of Rheal Rees (Melody), Justin Debé (Leif) and Bill Bray (Nicholai), “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies gend of the Blue Daisies features original songs and engaging characters that highlight this inspiring animated adventure for the whole family.  

Tickets forIce Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisiescan be purchased beginning Friday, February 9 online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. The event will take place in nearly 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, click on the above link visit the Fathom Eventswebsite (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and culture:

Over the weekend, Paul, Apostle of Christ was screened at New York City’s Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Paul, Apostle of Christ opens  Friday, March 23rd.

Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and culture:

Interesting idea for a movie. I’m born a Catholic and I’ve heard his letters read in church almost every Sunday – but I know next to nothing about the intensely-dramatic life of Paul, the Apostle.  This is actually a great idea for a movie. Paul, Apostle of Christ, starring James Faulkner (Game of Thrones) and Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) opens March 28.