Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Faith-based film companies pursue overseas opportunities
Faith-based film companies pursue overseas opportunities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 January 2012 08:59 AM EST

Two veterans of the faith-based film world have been at Christian Trade Association International’s Marketsquare International in Atlanta this week to explore overseas opportunities for Christian movies.

“There’s a demand for them,” said Byron Jones, who has recently joined Bridgestone Multimedia Group (BMG) as sales director. The company’s catalog of 170-plus titles includes Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry and the classic television series Davey and Goliath.

A former executive with Cloud Ten Pictures, which made the “Left Behind” movies, and Pure Flix Entertainment, Jones said that while overseas buyers were sometimes cautious about books with too much American content, which was not necessarily the case for films.

“In some countries, they prefer to watch an American film to one made there,” he said. “The professionalism may be higher, and in a lot of our movies, they recognize a Hollywood star or a former television star.”

Also exhibiting at the event for the first time along with BMG has been Balsiger Media Enterprises (BME), the new focus for David Balsiger, former vice president of marketing and a senior producer at Grizzly Adams Productions. BME’s catalog includes the “Perfect Stranger” movies and children’s series “Quigley’s Village.”

“We knew this event was going to be top heavy with internationals, and that is where we are putting most of our efforts,” he said. BME would likely be making distribution deals with accounts in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Central America from the show, he added.

BMG and BME are among 40 exhibitors at the event, being held in conjunction with the Inspirational Value Book Show. Authors Cecil Murphey and Cindy Trimm spoke at yesterday’s morning devotional time.

 

In this current issue:

ICRS addresses industry concerns but sees big attendance drop

News image

Christian retailers gathered with suppliers and distributors at the Orange...

READ MORE

Integra introduces in-store kiosks to grow wall-art sales

News image

Interactive technology is redefining the way consumers can shop for...

READ MORE

Vendors display skill and scripture with new gift items

News image

Gift vendors at the 2015 International Christian Retail Show displayed...

READ MORE

General Session panelists ‘hug It out’ after heated exchange

News image

Tuesday morning's ICRS General Session was supposed to stay focused...

READ MORE

Don Piper's '90 Minutes in Heaven' draws capacity crowd at ICRS

News image

Faith-based films were big business at ICRS Orlando, with screenings...

READ MORE

Film buzz big among retailers, authors and suppliers

News image

The buzz about films at ICRS took center stage at...

READ MORE

Study: Christian fiction readers buy, read more books

News image

Christian fiction readers read more than the national average and...

READ MORE

Josh McDowell offers charge to church bookstores

News image

Church bookstore managers and staff and those considering entering the...

READ MORE

Retailers offer input in new version of children's workshop

News image

A panel of children’s suppliers and experts told retailers Monday...

READ MORE

Logos retailers celebrate the power of the book

News image

Members of the Association of Logos Bookstores have nominated and...

READ MORE

Graphic novels help stores make 'cultural connection' with fans

News image

Graphic novels continue to demonstrate tremendous growth potential in the...

READ MORE

Virtual Storehouse CEO shares tech tools for ministry

News image

Don Olson, CEO of Virtual Storehouse and Foreign Christian Books focused...

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a