Variety is bringing back PURPOSE on July 29th.

faith-based, family entertainment



DeVon FranklinVariety is bringing back PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit. On July 29th, 2016, innovative and pioneering leaders, directors, actors, and producers who are successfully filling the demand for family and faith-based entertainment at studios, networks, digital media, and brands will be meeting at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

The day will kick off with a Faith and Culture in Entertainment panel featuring Moderator:DeVon Franklin, President & CEO, Franklin Entertainment and Producer (Miracles from Heaven and The Star) with Speakers Quinn Taylor, EVP, Movies, Miniseries & International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment; Tara Montgomery, EVP, Programming, Development and Production, OWN; Michael Van Dyck, Agent, Paradigm; and Mike Miller, Executive Producer, (The Story of God with Morgan Freeman). They will explore the executives and creatives portraying religion in film and television, including characters,  storylines and more. What are the artistic and commercial goals of these projects? What types of content are proving especially engaging with audiences? Top film and TV chiefs will explain their vision for religion in entertainment.

Michael W Smith

Keynote Conversation with Multiple Grammy Award Winner Michael W. Smith is next on the schedule. Composer/singer/songwriter/actor, Smith is featured in Fox TV’s The Passion.


The day will be filled with a variety of speakers (just a few pictured above) who are all experts within their field. Topics include “Succeeding in Faith-Based Finance and Production,” “How to Win An Audience and Make Money” with Ted Baehr, “First Look! Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Projects Revealed” and “Creative Trendsetters.” There will also be several networking breaks available to give each attendee ample opportunity meet and mingle with their peers.

Sponsors and Partners

PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit is also made possible through the generous sponsors and partners listed above. These are some wonderful organizations that work to bring some of the best in faith and family values to media projects. To find out more about this Variety event, check out