2014 Stellae Awards
Christian Movie Connect received the first ever Excellence in Podcasting Award at the 2014 Stellae Awards held in Los Angeles at the Pan Pacific Film Festival on July 24th. CMC producer and host, Cheryl Ariaz Wicker was on hand to receive the iPDb sponsored podcast award.
MONROE, La., Aug. 8, 2014-Christian Movie Connect was honored with an iPDb sponsored podcast award at the Stellae Awards, held at the 2014 Pan Pacific Film Festival (PPFF) in Los Angeles, CA on July 24th. CMC was the first recipient of the Excellence in Podcasting Award which was presented on stage to CMC's producer and host Cheryl Ariaz Wicker.
"This is a huge honor and a tremendous validation of the work that we do, says CMC founder Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. "As a film producer myself, I know how important publicity is to films of any genre. My passion is faith-based, family friendly and redemptive films and I love being a small part of promoting these films to those who love this type of entertainment. There are so many dedicated professionals who have stood with me to bring CMC to this point and I am eternally grateful to them all!"
This podcast award was given to acknowledge the field of podcasting and its effect on the family/faith genre. The nominated podcasts were required to engage their audience in voting at the IPDb website, ipdb.net. "There is something quite endearing and personal about the podcast format because it is effective in engaging an audience. I hope that more podcasts will be launched to promote positive content, stated Serena Travis, iPDd founder. "It was great to see Cheryl at work doing what she does best at PPFF on the two days following the awards ceremony. Also I'm especially impressed with the CMC followers-they rallied behind Cheryl in an amazing way!"
CMC celebrated its third anniversary a few days after receiving this award on July 27, 2014. In the past three years, CMC has become known for interviewing the movers and shakers in the faith-based film industry. The CMC team has travelled to film and media events from coast to coast interviewing the personalities behind the movies and giving movie lovers a source for the latest in Christian movie news. Christian Movie Connect's venues include the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Biola Media Conference, Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, International Christian Visual Media Catalyst Conference, Christian Women in Media Association National Conference, and the Pan Pacific Film Festival, as well as movie premieres, set visits and other Christian media events.
Some of the more high profile CMC interviews include: actors Patricia Heaton ("Everbody Loves Raymond"), John Schneider ("Dukes of Hazzard;" "Smallville"), and Erin Cottrell (Michael Landon Jr.'s "Love's Long Journey"), PureFlix producer/actor David A.R. White ("God's Not Dead") and Sherwood Pictures' director/actor Alex Kendrick ("Courageous"); studio executives from Columbia, FOX, Walden Media; Movieguide's Ted Baehr; Mastermedia's Larry Poland; media guru Phil Cooke; comedians Chonda Pierce, Brad Stein, and SNL's Victoria Jackson; music recording artists Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers, the Mandrell Sisters, and Christian rock legend/record label exec/filmmaker Steve Taylor ("Blue Like Jazz").
Aside from her CMC podcasts and blogs, Cheryl also writes for Examiner.com as National Christian Movies and is an entertainment publicist who runs her own agency, Premier1 Studios. She is also a film producer, known for "Flag of my Father" starring John Schneider and William Devane and has worked with Pure Flix Entertainment on a number of their recent films, including "God's Not Dead," TV movie, "Finding Normal" starring Candace Cameron Bure and the upcoming theatrical release "Dancer and the Dame" starring Billy Gardell.
To view the CMC podcast or for more information about CMC, go to www.christianmovieconnect.com. For more information on iPDb, go to ipdb.net. For more information about PPFF, go to ippff.com. To view the CMC blog with photos from the Stellae Awards, a thank you list for the CMC team, and a video link to the Stellae Awards ceremony, click here.
About Christian Movie Connect
,Christian Movie Connect (CMC) is an interview podcast venue that showcases the major voices in Christian movies. Hosted by media personality Cheryl Ariaz Wicker, CMC interviews Christian filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and other Christian film industry newsmakers in the country and worldwide. Podcast interviews are filmed at leading Christian industry events such as National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Biola Media Conference, Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, International Christian Visual Media Catalyst Conference, Christian Women in Media Association National Conference, and the Pan Pacific Film Festival, as well as movie premieres, set visits and other Christian media events.
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