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April 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH CURB ENTERTAINMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION

 

Word Entertainment—a leading Christian entertainment company offering an array of artist services including recorded music, publishing, merchandising, booking and marketing—today announced that it has partnered with international feature film production and distribution company Curb Entertainment, to distribute Word Entertainment’s faith-based films outside of the US.  The inaugural slate of films will include The Perfect SummerMy Name Is PaulThe Trail (Let God)Hope for Hurting HeartsMother India,Season of a LifetimeVeil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France.

 

“There is an enormous and growing market for films that provide wholesome family entertainment, and Word Entertainment proudly offers thought-provoking films that tell stories of faith, hope, love, and redemption,” said Rod Riley, President & CEO, Word Entertainment. “I am thrilled that we are partnering with Carole Curb and Curb Entertainment to expand our reach and bring these great works to audiences around the world.”

 

Carole Curb, President, Curb Entertainment, added, “We are proud to build upon a very successful relationship between Word and Curb by having the opportunity to work directly on the exciting films that Rod Riley and his team have assembled. Our company has had a 30-year history of film distribution, and we are excited to join with Word in the sales and marketing of its films.”

 

Carole Curb, who has successfully grown Curb Entertainment into one of the most respected independent film companies in the world, will be heading up the charge for Curb. Curb Entertainment will provide international sales and marketing, and will maintain a presence at major film festivals and markets.

 

Recently, Word Entertainment has continued to expand its reach and offerings in Christian entertainment beyond music and film, including by becoming the only Christian content company to have booking, live events and strategic partnerships divisions in-house. Through this division, Word launched The Son of God Tour 2014. This epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey’s (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” Son of God) and producer Mark Burnett‘s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible,” Son of God) company LightWorkers Media, visited 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” and the 20th Century Fox feature film Son of God to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists performed their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event.

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, VERIDIA and Zealand and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

 

About Curb Entertainment

Curb Entertainment formed in 1984 to concentrate on film production and distribution. A member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Curb Entertainment maintains a major presence at major film and television markets including the American Film Market (AFM), CANNES Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIP-TV, and EFM. The company’s record division, Curb Records, remains one of the largest independent labels in the world.

 

 

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April 3, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY, LAUNCHES THE BIBLE: SON OF GOD TOUR 2014 AT RICK WARREN’S SADDLEBACK CHURCH IN SOUTHERN, CA

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Thursday night was a momentous occasion as Word Entertainment, in partnership with producer Mark Burnett and producer/actress Roma Downey and their company  LightWorkers Media, launched “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California. GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray played before a packed crowd with over 2,000 in attendance including Burnett, Downey, Warren and Word Entertainment President and CEO Rod Riley. The epic two-hour live event runs an additional 16 dates nationwide through April 13 including a sold out show in Pittsburgh on April 10.

 

“The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brings the epic miniseries “The Bible” and 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists perform their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event. Tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

Upcoming “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” Dates:

 

March 21       Phoenix, AZ – Vineyard Church

March 22       Albuquerque, NM – Legacy Church

March 23       Denver, CO – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

March 27       Austin, TX – Riverbend Church

March 28       Dallas, TX – Sunnyvale First Baptist Church

March 29       Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center

March 30       Kansas City, MO – Lenexa Christian Center

April 3             Columbus, OH – Grace Polaris Church

April 4             Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids First

April 5             Chicago, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

April 6             Nashville, TN – Allen Arena

April 9             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church (Note New Location) JUST ADDED

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church  SOLD OUT

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – Hartford Community College

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” premiered to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment collaborated with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to both “The Bible” and “Son of God.” In realizing the incredible impact of the stunning images together with the emotional powerful music, Burnett, Downey and Word Entertainment are joining forces once again to bring the epic scenes and music from “The Bible” and “Son of God” to life in sight and sound through “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” to audiences across the nation in the month leading up to Easter.

 

For further information please visit: www.SonofGodTour.com.  

 

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey and her award winning husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series LITTLE ANGELS and its companion LITTLE ANGELS STORYBOOK BIBLE. LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour hit miniseries THE BIBLE which was seen in the USA by 100 million people, was one of the fastest selling TV-to-Disc titles ever and was nominated for three Emmy awards.  Additionally they are producing the series A.D., a sequel to THE BIBLE series for NBC and they acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel THE DOVEKEEPERS which they are producing as a 4 hour mini-series for CBS. In addition Roma and Mark have coauthored several books published by Faithwords. They are ambassadors for two children’s organizations Operation Smile and Compassion. LightWorkers Media is dedicated to bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including About A Mile, Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

 

January 23, 2014

SECOND ANNUAL K-LOVE CHRISTMAS TOUR’S FIRST DATE DRAWS SELLOUT CROWD IN GREENSBORO, NC

Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and

Meredith Andrews Also Sells Out in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City

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The second annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, presented by 25 Entertainment, kicked off with a sold-out crowd Wednesday night in Greensboro, NC. Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews is slated to hit an additional nine cities including four sold-out dates in Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO.  This past June at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards both Big Daddy Weave and for KING & COUNTRY won two of the top honors with Big Daddy Weave taking home “Song of the Year” for their smash hit “Redeemed” while for KING & COUNTRY were presented the award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” by Meredith Andrews. In addition, for KING & COUNTRY’s Christmas EP, Into The Silent Night, currently holds the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ Christian Album’s chart. The relationship between 25 Entertainment and K-LOVE Radio provides the opportunity for radio listeners and fans to experience an inviting evening of Christmas music for the entire family during the holiday season in 10 of K-LOVE’s markets.

In addition to music from these critically-acclaimed artists, Feed The Children will be the ministry focal point offering child sponsorships throughout the tour. The non-profit organization will also sponsor a separate event in each city along the tour to feed over 4,000 families in all. On Wednesday, Feed The Children with the help of the tour artists, fed over 380 in need families. Feed The Children is one of the world’s largest charities with the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essential needs. In the U.S., Feed The Children works with local agencies to distribute food and necessities to over 400,000 families annually.

Upcoming K-LOVE Christmas Tour Dates:

Dec. 5             Virginia Beach, VA – New Life Providence Church

Dec. 6             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church, Pittsburgh East Campus

Dec. 7             Indianapolis, IN – Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Dec. 8             Chicago, IL – Aurora Christian High School

Dec. 11          Lexington, KY – Porter Memorial Baptist Church

Dec. 12          Nashville, TN – Brentwood United Methodist Church

Dec. 13          Memphis, TN – Raleigh Assembly of God

Dec. 14          Kansas City, MO – Cross Points Church

Dec. 15          Evansville, IN – First Christian Church Newburgh

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.KLOVEChristmasTour.com.

 

About Big Daddy Weave: 

This year, Big Daddy Weave’s monster hit song “Redeemed,” which spent 11 weeks at No. 1, took home top honors for “Song of the Year” at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards and received nominations for “Christian Song of the Year” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Dove Awards. The single from the band’s latest album, Love Come To Life, which also features the group’s current single at radio, “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).”  The band, comprised of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon Joe Shirk and Brian Beihl, formed when the original members were attending the University of Mobile. In 2002 they stepped into the spotlight with the release of their second album, One and Only, which debuted in SoundScan’s Christian Top 5 and earned them a nomination for Dove Awards’ “New Artist of the Year.” In 2010, Big Daddy Weave took home the Dove Award for “Christmas Album of the Year” for their seventh album Christ Is Come. They have also been honored at ASCAP’s Christian Music Awards and are one of the 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade. For more information on Big Daddy Weave please visit www.bigdaddyweave.com.

 

FOR KING & COUNTRY

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, released their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, in 2012. On January 10, they made their late night debut performing their hit song and iTunes’ 2012 “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year,” “The Proof Of Your Love,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY was named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” Stay tuned to www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com for the most current news.

 

About Meredith Andrews:

With her Word Entertainment’s debut release in 2008, Meredith Andrews’ insightful songs and engaging voice awarded her recognition as Billboard Magazine’s “Most Promising New Artist.” In 2011, she picked up two Dove Awards for “Worship Song of the Year” and “Praise and Worship Album of the Year,” quickly distinguishing her as one of the preeminent worship leaders and songwriters in the Christian music community. With the success of her debut album and her sophomore release in 2010, As Long As It Takes, she was afforded the opportunity to tour with acclaimed CCM artists Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman and Michael W. Smith.  Her much-anticipated third studio album, Worth It All, featuring singles “Worth It All,” “Strong God” and “Pieces,” was released January  22, 2013. A native of Wilson, NC, Meredith began singing in church when she was only six, and by the time she was in high school, she was writing songs and leading worship. For more information on Meredith Andrews please visit www.meredithandrews.com.

 

About Feed The Children:

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feed The Children is one of the largest international charities based in the U.S. With the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials, Feed The Children is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and uses a comprehensive and integrated program to combat hunger and poverty. Feed The Children addresses four basic needs: food and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and health, and livelihood community development. In addition to helping families and communities around the world achieve lasting self-sufficiency, Feed The Children also responds quickly in times of disaster to provide emergency supplies for those in need.

 

About K-LOVE:
K-LOVE creates compelling media designed to inspire and encourage people to develop a meaningful relationship with Christ. K-LOVE is listener supported and delivers positive, encouraging contemporary Christian music through its 446 signals across 47 states.  For more information visit:www.klove.com.
About 25 Entertainment:
25 Entertainment is the event booking, production and promotion arm of Word Entertainment, acomprehensive Christian entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including recorded music, publishing, distribution, merchandising, Church resources, and online initiatives. Based in Nashville, 25 Entertainment’s roster includes some of the world’s most-renowned Christian artists including Chris August, Natalie Grant, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace, and Sidewalk Prophets. The company also proudly represents Girls of Grace, a nationwide conference for 6th – 12th grade girls, focusing on common age-related issues with positive Christian messages.

 

About Word Entertainment:
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

January 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH MARK BURNETT, ROMA DOWNEY AND THEIR PRODUCTION COMPANY LIGHTWORKERS MEDIA TO RELEASE SON OF GOD: MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE EPIC MOTION PICTURE ON DECEMBER 26

Musical Companion to the 20th Century Fox Feature Film “Son of God”

Featuring Music by Today’s Top Christian Artists Beautifully Accompanying the Telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told

 

Artists Included Total 45 No. 1 Hits and 25 Dove Awards Combined

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Nashville, TN – (January 20, 2013) –Word Entertainment is partnering once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to releaseSON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture on December 26. The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” due out February 28, features music by today’s top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew’s No. 1 hit “He Said” (feat. Chris August). Artists included on the album have a combined total of 45 No. 1 hits and 25 Dove Awards. Also included on the compilation is “Oh, Son of God,” a brand new song by Grammy-nominated artist and Dove Awards’ 2011 “Artist of the Year” Francesca Batistelli.

 

“We are incredibly honored that Roma and Mark have partnered with our Word family on the music inspired by CDs to ‘The Bible’ miniseries and now the motion picture ‘Son of God,’” said Rod Riley, Word Entertainment’s President & CEO. “Our artists’ songs, from for KING & COUNTRY’s ‘Baby Boy’ to the final song on the project, Meredith Andrews’ ‘The Gospel Changes Everything,’ so beautifully complement the telling of Jesus’ life, it made perfect sense to pair them with the motion picture.”

 

SON OF GOD: Music Inspired By The Epic Motion Picture Track listing:

 

  1. Francesca Battistelli – “Oh, Son of God”
  2. Chris August – “Jesus, Savior”
  3. for KING & COUNTRY – “Baby Boy”
  4. Group 1 Crew – “He Said” (feat. Chris August)
  5. Dara Maclean – “Our Only Hope”
  6. Sidewalk Prophets – “Keep Making Me”
  7. Point of Grace – “Only Jesus”
  8. Jason Castro – “I Believe”
  9. Everfound – “God of the Impossible”
  10. Love & The Outcome – “He Is With Us”
  11. Big Daddy Weave – “Jesus Move”
  12. Meredith Andrews – “The Gospel Changes Everything”

 

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, they will bring the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment partnered with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to the epic mini-series “The Bible.” Announced earlier this month, they are also joining forces on “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” slated to commence on March 20 at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California and run 16 dates through April 13.

 

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress Roma Downey and her husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series “Little Angels” and its companion “Little Angels Storybook Bible”.  LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour miniseries THE BIBLE and will be producing the feature film version SON OF GOD for 20th Century Fox.  They recently acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel The Dovekeepers.  LightWorkers Media is dedicated to shining a light and bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.