The 2019 Design Workshop, sponsored by the Briner Institute and the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts at Lipscomb University, was a creative group of industry professionals, all passionate about influencing culture for Christ. Leaders and visionaries from a range of backgrounds were in attendance, including from film, publishing, music, journalism, policy, advocacy and clergy among others. Participants discussed the nature of think tanks and philanthropy, media and education, and the power of storytelling. Collectively—in light of various faith traditions and differences—industry leaders united over a shared vision: encouraging Christian professionals to live out Matthew 5:13-14 as Salt and Light and to be Roaring Lambs in their vocational calling.
Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the multi-platinum selling rock band P.O.D. was awarded the 2017 BrinerImpact Award at a ceremony at the Biola Media Conference held on the 21st Century Fox lot. The award is given annually to recognize those who have made significant contributions in the world of media. Sandoval is the second rock musician to be honored with the award which since its inception in 2001.
Sandoval joins a group of well-known past recipients including former Disney Films President Mark Zoradi, Star Wars producer Howard Kazanjian, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Lou Carlozo, former Chicago Tribune Editor, X-Men producer Ralph Winter and others.
On Saturday, May 2, Kim Lawton, esteemed reporter, producer, writer and editor, will be honored with the Briner Impact Award at the 2015 Biola Media Conference. Lawton joins an impressive group of past honorees, including Star Wars producer Howard Kazanjian, former president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group Mark Zoradi, Academy Award Winning songwriter Al Kasha, and others.
The Briner Institute kicked-off its first “Summer Semester” during July/Aug. Barry Landis, founder and Executive Director says “this pilot program allowed us to provide 12 hand-picked post-grads (most from Belmont University) the opportunity to take part in sample classes, while we continue to build this needed program.”
After two years of research, organizing and networking, The Briner Institute, a 501c3 not for profit corporation was founded this month by Christian music deal maker Barry Landis, the family of the late Bob Briner, as well as key corporate executives and entertainment industry personalities. The goal of the organizations is to continue the vision and mission of Briner’s call to foster the development of a positive, values-oriented content infrastructure in the entertainment industry.