Exclusive Interview: Bianca Ryan – This Week On The Ed Boston Podcast

This week, we will have the pleasure of sharing an interview with the winner of the very first season of America’s Got Talent, Bianca Ryan.

Bianca will join an all-star list of America’s Got Talent alumni that have appeared on our podcast.

Previous winner, Darci Lynne, Angelica Hale, and Evie Clair have all been hugely popular guests on the Ed Boston Podcast.

Friends of the Podcast Natasha Owens and Paula White Attend Faith Leaders Briefing

Friend of the podcast, Natasha Owens posted this video and the featured image from this week’s Faith Leaders Briefing. Another friend of the podcast, Pastor Paula White was also part of this event at the White House.

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Evie Clair Makes a Huge Announcement

Friend of the podcast, Evie Clair made a major announcement earlier this week. Here’s what she had to say:

Here it is! My big announcement. I’ll be headlining a show in Reno for two months!! Plan a trip for the holidays to come see it!! Details at www.evieclair.com

We are so proud of her and are honored that she and her family remain our friends!

Statement From STRYPER About Oz Fox

The Ed Boston Podcast Network along with other media outlets have been notified by reps for Stryper via press announcement that Stryper band member Oz Fox has suffered a “medical emergency”. We send our thoughts and prayers. Please see full statement below:

Official Statement from STRYPER Regarding Band Member Oz Fox

Sunday, August 12, 2018 — News began circulating this morning that Stryper’s Oz Fox suffered a medical emergency on stage in Las Vegas overnight. In order to provide accurate information and dispel any rumors, the band has issued an official statement:

Our dear friend and lead-guitarist Oz Fox fell ill Saturday night while performing in Las Vegas with a side project that he sometimes plays in when not touring with Stryper. Oz suffered a seizure causing a fall on stage. After performing an MRI, doctors discovered an area of concern near his brain which they are now running a biopsy on. The doctors have instructed him not to drive or fly for 90 days. No additional information is available at this time. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and we will communicate additional information as it becomes available. 

The logistics and options for current tour dates are being discussed with the respective promoters. U.S. tour dates will play as scheduled and in anticipation of a full recovery will include Oz Fox. The upcoming Australian tour will be performed as a trio (with the blessing of Oz), and will include Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Perry Richardson. For our fans in Japan, please await an announcement from the concert promoter there as to the plans for the Japan tour.

New information will first be communicated via Stryper.com and Stryper’s official Facebook page

Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. Their latest album, God Damn Evil (Frontiers Music srl), was released in April. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

For more information, visit www.Stryper.com.

All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, brian@nashvillepublicity.com or 615-771-2040.

Lionsgate Signs Deal With Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes

Check out this fantastic news about friends of the podcast – The Erwin Brothers and Kevin Downes. All three have been guests on the Ed Boston Podcast.

LIONSGATE SIGNS MULTI-PLATFORM FILM AND TELEVISION FIRST-LOOK DEAL WITH THE ERWIN BROTHERS AND KEVIN DOWNES

The Filmmakers Behind Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ Faith-Based Hit “I Can Only Imagine” To Create Films and TV Series for Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA, and VANCOUVER, BC, August 9, 2018 –
Significantly expanding its footprint in the growing faith-based market, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) has signed a multi-platform film and television first-look deal with Andrew and Jon Erwin and producing partner Kevin Downes, the filmmaking team behind this year’s box office hit I Can Only Imagine, which was released by Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions. The announcement was made today by Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake and Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.

As part of the multi-year agreement, the Erwin Brothers and Downes will develop, produce and direct feature films and television programming for the Company under their newly- created Kingdom banner. The deal follows Lionsgate’s breakout successes in the faith-based community, which include the double Oscar® winner Hacksaw RidgeThe Shack, and most recently, I Can Only Imagine, the highest grossing movie in Roadside’s history.

The Erwin Brothers are one of only a handful of directors to have received a rare A+ CinemaScore twice, having accomplished the feat on I Can Only Imagine and Woodlawn. Downes and the Erwins have been building their brand in the rapidly growing inspirational faith-based family market, having collaborated on three films in the last five years that have all opened in the top 10 movies in America. The Erwins have also directed numerous acclaimed documentaries and music videos, and Downes, a 20- year industry veteran, has produced 15 features.

“We’re proud to expand our relationship with Andrew, Jon and Kevin through this exciting and collaborative, cross-divisional partnership,” said Drake and Beggs. “This deal underscores our ongoing commitment to serve moviegoers with premium, faith- based content. We look forward to working with the Erwin Brothers and Kevin on film and television projects that resonate not only with the faith-based community but with viewers everywhere.”

“Our dream for launching Kingdom is to create the most trusted and respected brand in faith-based entertainment. We needed a partner that would catch that dream with us and Lionsgate is the perfect fit,” said Jon Erwin. “They aren’t like any other studio we’ve ever worked with and they have a passion to empower creative entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to work together on some exciting new projects.”

“Our creative ambition and directing sweet spot is to tell redemptive, inspirational stories that appeal to audiences everywhere. We need optimism and hope more than ever today, and those are the stories we love to tell,” added Andrew Erwin.

 

“We’re thrilled to begin this new venture with Joe, Kevin and the rest of the incredible Lionsgate team,” said Downes. “We have seen firsthand how Lionsgate champions an artist’s individuality and creativity. They have a proven track-record for reaching targeted audiences with diverse, high-end content and we could not be more thrilled to call Lionsgate our new home.”

The Erwin Brothers and Downes join Lionsgate’s elite portfolio of creative partnerships which includes Paul Feig, Eugenio Derbez, Kevin Hart, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Justin Simien, Courtney Kemp,Yvette Lee Bowser, Ed Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, and John Goldwyn, among others.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Motion Picture Group’s Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Eda Kowan, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co- Productions, Bonnie Stylides, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, and Adrian Lopez, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.

The Erwin Brothers and Downes are represented by WME’s Dave Wirtschafter and Matthew Johnson at Ziffren, Brittenham.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

Huge News From Our Friends at Answers in Genesis and PureFlix

Answers in Genesis Partners with PureFlix.com

Answers in Genesis is partnering with online streaming service PureFlix.com to provide you with faith-building content that will equip and encourage you and your family to trust God’s WordPureFlix.com is a family-friendly alternative to other streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon PrimeWhile we might not agree with everything hosted on the site, the company is careful to select content that is safe for families and is largely Christian basedIt’s a fantastic starting place to discern what content you may want to use in your householdThis new partnership will allow their subscribers unlimited access to our digital library of more than 500 faith-affirming videos in the near future, including teaching DVDs, documentaries, and children’s videos, plus films shown at AiG’s popular themed attractions, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum near CincinnatiAll of this will be available to you at no additional cost!

Anti-Christian sentiment and the censorship of Christian views on places like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are increasingWe need to be realistic about the future and our ability to continue using social media and YouTube platforms, as there is a potential we could be censored or banned due to our biblical views, including our stand that marriage is for a man and a woman, abortion is murder, and gender is binary (male and female)This relationship with PureFlix.com protects our content and allows as many people as possible to learn more about the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.

Ken Ham stated, “With so much uncertainty regarding the freedom to express the Christian worldview in our culture, we considered it important to use other platforms for our ongoing mission to reach the public with our video contentTherefore, AiG decided to pursue this agreement with PureFlix.comOther ministries no doubt will do something similar.”

“We’re thrilled to add Answers in Genesis to our roster of partners,” said PureFlix.com CEO Greg Gudorf“Our subscribers are looking for content with a Christian worldview, and we and our partners strive to provide them exactly what they’re seeking.”

Latest News from Zion’s Joy! Band to Appear on TBN Series – Huckabee

Gospel Group Zion’s Joy! to Perform on TBN’s HUCKABEE This Weekend

Gospel group Zion’s Joy! will be the featured musical guest on the highly acclaimed TBN series HUCKABEE, airing Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at 8/7c. Viewers can find their local TBN channel and streaming info HERE.

Zion’s Joy! will perform their new single, “What Would Heaven Look Like.” The song unexpectedly made news headlines last week after Facebook flagged the music video as “political content” and blocked the video from the social media platform. Extensive media coverage followed, including an interview with the New York Times (July 5) and a prime time interview with Dana Perino on Fox News Channel (July 6).

Facebook ultimately restored the video and apologized to the group. In a statement, Facebook said “we made an error by deleting the original post. As soon as we identified what happened, we restored the post since it does not violate our community standards and have apologized to Zion’s Joy.”

“Zion’s Joy! is honored to have been invited to appear with Gov. Mike Huckabee on his successful new prime time program,” says the group’s founder, Robert W. Stevenson. “We’re grateful for the opportunity that so many media outlets have provided us this past week, and now we look forward to performing for America on HUCKABEE this weekend!”

The Indianapolis-based Gospel group has performed throughout the United States since 2008, using their powerful voices and tight, rich harmonies to deliver a unique blend of old and new school gospel and contemporary Christian music. The line-up consists of Kay Insley, Camille McKnight, Lia Matthews, Karen Hall, Shekinah Caldron, Lynesha Sweeney, Patrick Taylor, Jeffery Porter and Ramone Griffith.

“What Would Heaven Look Like” is the title track from their upcoming album due later this year from Habakkuk Music/InGrooves/Universal.

Watch the “What Would Heaven Look Like” music video here:
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For more information, visit the band’s official website at http://www.zionsjoy.com.

Facebook Apologizes To Zion’s Joy!

Gospel Group Zion’s Joy! Receives Apology From Facebook Following Media Coverage of Music Video Ban

Gospel group Zion’s Joy! made news headlines last week after Facebook took down the music video for their new single, “What Would Heaven Look Like” – the title track from their upcoming album from Habakkuk Music/InGrooves/Universal. Earlier this month, Facebook flagged the video as “political content” and blocked the video from the social media platform. Extensive media coverage followed, including the New York Times (July 5) and a prime time interview with Fox News Channel’s Dana Perino (July 6), and Facebook ultimately restored the video and apologized to the group.

In a statement, Facebook said “we made an error by deleting the original post. As soon as we identified what happened, we restored the post since it does not violate our community standards and have apologized to Zion’s Joy.”

“This song is about love and it’s about unity and it’s about hope,” group member Kay Insley told Dana Perino on Fox News Channel. “So we were incredibly shocked when Facebook came and took this song, this message that so needs to be heard right now down. We just couldn’t believe it.”

Zion’s Joy! was founded by Robert W. Stevenson in 2008 and in the decade that followed they have performed throughout the United States, using their powerful voices and tight, rich harmonies to deliver a unique blend of old and new school gospel and contemporary Christian music. The line-up consists of Kay Insley, Camille McKnight, Lia Matthews, Karen Hall, Shekinah Caldron, Lynesha Sweeney, Patrick Taylor, Jeffery Porter and Ramone Griffith.

“We invite people to come be a part of what we are doing,” said Insley on Fox News Channel. “And the positivity that we are spreading not only locally, but really trying to pursue around the world. We are actually really thankful for this opportunity. Something that was negative has been turned into a positive and now we are having the ability to get our message out even more now.”

Watch the “What Would Heaven Look Like” music video here:
https://youtu.be/e4LIoDk3_l0

Watch the Fox News Channel interview here:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5806384256001/

For more information, visit the band’s official website at http://www.zionsjoy.com.

Videos

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What Would Heaven Look Like by Zion’s Joy!


Links

http://www.zionsjoy.com

I Can Only Imagine Update

I was in Walmart a couple of days ago, and the picture above is the display for the movie I Can Only Imagine and yes, it’s sold out.

Here are the links to all of the interviews we have done for the movie.

Andy Erwin and Kevin Downes Talk About “I Can Only Imagine” DVD Release

3 Guests From “I Can Only Imagine” Talk About The Movie