August 2018 Newsletter
 
 
 
Dear HPN members,
We pray that you are having a joyful summer and believe that your prayers for Hollywood will carry us out of the summer blockbuster season and into a strong fall with a new network TV season and a new school year. Let’s be praying that the Lord is present in all of the new activities and programming as we jump in.
 
 
 

Summary:​

•  Praise God for our community of young industry professionals
•  Praise God for Katy Perry's spiritual journey
•  Praise God for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's engagement
•  Join HPN's community of Los Angeles locals
•  More productions are filming in Canada than in California
•  Pray for Demi Lovato and her healing
•  Pray for Lionsgate's relationship with faith-based filmmakers
•  Pray for Netflix's faith- and family-focused content
•  Pray for Anne Hathaway and families in Hollywood
•  Pray for Disney's new streaming service
•  Pray for Redding and Bethel Church during wildfires
•  Pray for Steph Curry and other athletes entering Hollywood
•  Pray for the writers and staff of Westworld
•  Don’t miss all of the amazing upcoming events for Christians in Hollywood
•  Pray for and join our new Local Chapter Director
 
 
 
 
Praises:
 
 
 
Fellowship for Industry Professionals
We just had a great gathering at the end of July with 40 young industry professionals who wanted to get connected to our amazing Christian community in Hollywood. It was such a great morning and so many people said it was exactly what they had been praying for. God is moving powerfully in our city and we praise Him for His faithfulness. Our community of 10,000+ Christians working in Hollywood is growing every day. Please pray with us that the believers here go deeper with Him and get more committed to both their walk with the Lord and their support of other believers in our community. It’s very exciting!
 
Fellowship Breakfast Photos
 
 
 
Katy Perry's Spiritual Journey
We praise God for His faithfulness and His love for Katy Perry. Pray for Katy Perry as she talks about her own faith journey and her awesome mom praying for her since she was a child. She is so open about her own spiritual journey and her faithful mom, praying for her all along the way.
 
Katy Perry on Her Relationship with God
 
 
 
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
We praise God for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s engagement. And we thank the Lord for his bold love for Jesus and his fiance, Stephen Baldwin’s daughter, Hailey, who also loves the Lord. They want to do this right and we want to pray for them and their relationship, especially because as celebrities, they are being watched by the the public and worse yet, by the paparazzi, every step of the way. HPN wants Christians to pray blessings over God’s children!
 
Bieber Reading Keller's "The Meaning of Marriage"
 
 
 
Updates:
 
 
 
Join HPN's Community of L.A. Locals
We want to reach all of you in the Los Angeles area and get you connected with our community. If you haven't already, please email erin@hpnemail.org to receive our quarterly local update with events, gatherings, and opportunities for Christian Hollywood professionals. The fall local update will go out early September, so make sure you're on the list to learn about what God is doing in Los Angeles!
 
 
 
 
Canada Tops 2017 Film Locations List
We have prayed in the past for the repercussions of runaway production and the incredible amount of U.S. films that shoot outside of California and the United States, especially in Canada, in order to receive large tax credits and save money. It has just been announced that Canada topped the feature film locations list for last year. Let’s pray that we can offer more incentives in order to bring more work and money from film and TV production back into the U.S. and California. It’s difficult for family living in L.A. to lose a parent for months at a time because they’ve been hired on a film shoot out of the country. As you pray, read below for fascinating statistics.
 
2017 Film Production Locations and Spending
 
 
 
Requests:
 
 
 
Pray for Demi Lovato
We need to be praying for Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Demi Lovato. Demi was hospitalized after an overdose last month and is now in treatment. Pray for her complete and life-long healing from addiction and for God to fill her up instead with His love, strength, wisdom and peace. Pray for her to be protected from judgment and damaging comments in the news and social media, so that she can focus on recovering. Via a recent Instagram post (below), she thanked God for keeping her alive.  
 
Demi Lovato's Message
 
 
Pray for Faith-Based Content at Lionsgate
Let’s pray for more blurred lines between the worlds of “faith-based” and “secular” films and an increase in quality storytelling by Christian filmmakers. Lionsgate has just signed a first-look deal with I Can Only Imagine filmmakers. Lionsgate executives said: “This deal underscores our ongoing commitment to serve moviegoers with premium, faith-based content...and television projects that resonate not only with the faith-based community but with viewers everywhere.” Pray that this deal will set a precedent for Lionsgate to seek out more Christians to help produce high-quality content.
 
Lionsgate First-Look Deal
 
 
Netflix Interested in Faith-Based Content
Netflix has announced that they are also looking into more faith- and family-focused content. Pray for the decision-makers at Netflix as they branch out into these areas of programming. We pray that they will follow through on this and hire Christians to be the writers and overseers of these shows. Pray also that Netflix executives would see the potential for content of excellent quality that incorporates faith but is not exclusive to Christian audiences.
 
Faith- and Family-Focused Content at Netflix
 
 
Pray for Families in Hollywood
Pray for Anne Hathaway and her commitment to her family while working in the industry. She talks about how great it was to be able to have her kids on the set of Ocean's 8, and she included her family in the filming process so that they didn't spend so much time apart. And in representing so many other parents in Hollywood, Anne says that if she's ever in that decision-making position, she'd want to be able to say "bring your kids" in order to create a family-friendly environment in the workplace. While praying for Anne and her family, let’s pray for all of the Hollywood families, and also for people in power to embrace families in our industry.
 
Anne Hathaway's Support for a Child-Friendly Set
 
 
Pray for Disney's New Streaming Service
Pray for the decision-makers at Disney to have great wisdom and sensitivity regarding the hearts of their young viewers as they plan their new streaming service, launching in late 2019. It is planned as direct competition with Netflix and will offer both classic films and TV shows, along with a slate of new films and series (including a brand new Dumbo and Lady and the Tramp). Let’s also pray for more Christians to be in those decision-making rooms, and that this new branch of Disney would be a place for God to be represented and glorified. 
 
What to Expect from Disney's Streaming Service
 
 
Pray for Redding and Bethel Church
We want to be praying for a powerful group of praying Christians. Bethel Church and Prayer School in Redding, California need our prayers for protection during the Redding fires. Bethel is a major supporter of Hollywood and the arts and they are committed prayer warriors for creative professionals. Their staff members are losing their homes and their church and school are threatened by the worst fires in California history. Their pastor Bill Johnson has asked that we “Pray for rain without lightning!” Bethel is posting updates and prayer requests on their website here, and has also announced that they plan to give $1000 to each family who lost their home in the Carr Fire (click here to read more).
 
 
 
Steph Curry Forms Production Company
Hollywood has become a popular place for athletes currently, as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry all share their time on the basketball court and now producing films and TV shows through their new production companies. LeBron owns a production company and Curry and Jeron Smith, a former Nike brand manager, formed Unanimous Media (which will focus on producing faith- and family-friendly content). We need to pray for them to gain wisdom, good partnerships and an understanding of the culture, the people, and how the money works in Hollywood. 
 
Stephen Curry Producing Faith and Family Content
 
 
Pray for the Writers of Westworld
We are excited to tell you that there are more and more Christians writing, producing and acting on current television shows. And this season on Westworld, there are Christians on the writing staff. Showrunner Jonathan Nolan is dealing with some tough spiritual and human issues, so let’s pray that this show will lead the staff, cast, and crew to ask bigger life questions and for the audience to be inspired to seek God and His truth through some of these challenging storylines.
 
Westworld Co-Creator on Criticism of Humanity
 
 
Join YouVersion: HPN Prayer Devotional
Join the YouVersion App for the Hollywood Prayer Journal Devotional. Our most recent 7-day devotional is on "Deception" – click here to view it online. More great topics are already available to every HPN member and friend. Just go to YouVersion and type in "Hollywood Prayer Network," or find them all on our website under "Devotionals." 
 
HPN's Devotionals
 
 
Thanks so much for spending this month praying with us for Hollywood and the global entertainment industry. Please keep lifting up the projects and the issues that impact the entire planet and the people’s hearts who make the decisions and create the stories that we all enjoy.

Warmly,
Karen, Erin, Kim, Virginia, and Tim
 
 
 
Upcoming Events:
 
 
 
Aug. 19: Agents & Managers Panel
Hollywood Power Junior Agents & Managers You Should Know — A Sandra Lord Panel Event
Aug. 19th, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Confirmed panelists to date from:
ICM • Brillstein Entertainment Partners • Bohemia Group • Circle of Confusion • Sutton Barth Vennari (SBV)
 
 
 
 
Sept. 8: Hollywood Chapter Meeting
Join the Hollywood Local Chapter for a Sony Pictures Entertainment Prayer Walk on Saturday, Sept. 8th, 5:00pm-6:30pm.
Meet in front of Sony Pictures Plaza - 10202 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
Please RSVP to Branden and Merlinda at HollywoodChapter@hpnemail.org.
 
 
 
 
Sept. 15: Hope4Hollywood Retreat
Do you desire to find calm and stillness in the midst of the chaos? Join us for our Fall Hope4Hollywood Retreat: Be Still, Saturday Sept. 15th, 2018 in Manhattan Beach. Click here for more information. Contact kathy@hope4hollywood.com for further details. 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Greenhouse Events
The Greenhouse has many upcoming events for people in different facets of the industry, including a Town Hall Meeting on Aug. 24th at 7:30pm – a great opportunity to check out The Greenhouse for the first time. Check out their events page for more details, or to attend a workshop, writers group, or presentation and get connected to the community. 
 
 
 
Community Calendar
Check out our HPN Community Calendar in order to pray through the other events that offer professional, spiritual and emotional growth for the 10,000+ Christians in Hollywood. Please email us if you have an event to add, or to be added to the L.A. Locals list and receive quarterly event announcements.
 
Go To Calendar
 
 
New Local Chapters
Click the city name to see contact info for the chapter director.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Led by Sally Stewart
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Verse Of The Month
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” 
Hebrews 11:1-3
 
 
 
 
Quote Of The Month
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"
Robert Browning
 
 
 
 
Book Of The Month
By Douglas Lloyd McIntosh
HPN member
The inspirational story of 24 hours in the lives of two lonely Christian young adults—the day and night which will change their destinies forever. ​​​​​​
 
 
 
 
Perspective Of The Month
Actor Ethan Hawke shared his thoughts on how he incorporates faith and spirituality into creativity, acting, and filmmaking. Click here to read his perspective, and pray that Ethan continues to encounter God through his creative work.
 
 
 
 
 
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