October 7, 2020
Prayers for the Entertainment Industry
Dear HPN members,
We are still in the midst of an unsettling and unknown time in our industry, our country and our world. The most important and productive thing we can all do is PRAY. Actress Loretta Young, a Hollywood star who was a Christian and had a long career in film from 1917 to 1953, said, “I believe that prayer is our powerful contact with the greatest force in the universe.” Let’s connect to the greatest force in the universe this week!
Emmy Awards

The 72nd Annual Emmys aired on Sunday, Sept. 20th. It was the “COVID Emmys,” with Jimmy Kimmel hosting alone from the stage of the empty LA Staples Center. It was a unique evening: Awards were delivered to the winners’ homes as their names were announced on TV and “Thank You” speeches were given from dens, living rooms and hotel rooms. The TV Academy supplied a camera and lights to all 100 nominees and they managed 100 Zoom feeds from the remote studio at the Staples Center. Let’s pray for the hearts and lives of the winners as they navigate an unknown future of production and the other actors, producers, directors and crew who create our culture’s television content. May the Lord lead decisions, storylines and professionals in our nation’s upcoming television season.
Jim Caviezel

Jim Caviezel, known worldwide for his portrayal of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ stars in a film that opened last week called Infidel. He plays a blogger who is a Christian and gets arrested in the Middle East for blogging about his faith in Jesus. It's based on various true stories, and Jim is being bold about his own personal love for Jesus. Pray for his spiritual effectiveness as he promotes this film and is very transparent about his faith!
Jim Caviezel
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Christians in Hollywood

We praise God for the number of young Hollywood professionals who love Jesus. Our numbers are “surging” and we are so thankful to be watching our Christian community become more visible and more empowering. We want you to pray for continued strength, wisdom, excellence and favor for Jamie and Talitha, two young actors on the Netflix series Away!, and Jake, a singer/songwriter on Spotify’s Top 100 artists. They are only three of hundreds of believers who are working and being salt and light. God is moving in Hollywood! Remember that, often when things look darker, the Christians rise up! So, never lose hope! As you pray, check out these opportunities for Christians in Hollywood:
Living Wages for Entertainment Workers

While thousands of entertainment industry professionals are losing work, United Talent Agency has implemented an across-the-board pay raise for hourly employees, benefitting mostly the agents’ assistants who have notoriously been overworked and underpaid in our business. This is a needed step of integrity, and we are praising God that this could bolster an industry-wide trend.
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LA Live Theatre Community

Pray for the LA Theatre community and especially the Actor’s Co-Op, as they struggle to survive in this year of closed theatres. Actor’s Co-Op is a vital part of our Christian entertainment community in LA, and they have been serving the LA theatre audience for 27 powerful years of live theatre. This year they had to go remote and are trying to stay open during this COVID season. Please pray for God’s provision and favor, and for their leadership to make wise and creative decisions to stay afloat. We ask the Lord to do a miracle to keep live theatre alive in Los Angeles.
Disney Layoffs

We need your prayers for the thousands of people in our industry who are losing work. The Walt Disney Corporation just laid off over 28,000 employees after being furloughed for six months, due to the economic impact of COVID-19. We need to ask the Lord to supply jobs for these people and to give wisdom to decision-makers in these difficult days.
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Movie Theater Alternatives

While producers and distributors scramble to find venues for their films to screen, Disney decided to launch some of its films on Apple TV and iTunes. We pray that Hollywood’s leaders can find new ways to make entertainment available while movie theaters stay closed in our major cities.
Social Media's Impact

Please pray for the impact that social media is having, not only on our children but on everyone in our world. Many people are not aware of the profound influence that social media has on all of us, so as you pray, you may want to check out a new Netflix special called The Social Dilemma. It is incredibly insightful, informative and disturbing as it lays out the power of social media platforms, their algorithms, how addictive they are and how they alter our lives. As Christians we need to understand our world and be ”in” it but not “of” it.
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Healing from Childhood Trauma

Please pray for Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore and the hundreds of other Hollywood professionals who, as adults, are still seeking healing from child abuse and traumatic upbringings. Pray that these professionals would not turn to addiction or other coping mechanisms, but would instead bring their wounds into the light to be healed. We need to have compassion for the celebrities who are trying to hang on and get healing and affirmation while being watched and judged by their “fans.” Outsiders think living in Hollywood is full of glitz and glamour, when in reality it’s a city of broken people needing love and often not knowing how or where to find it. Your prayers can bring healing!
Thank you for your prayers. Please encourage your friends and family to sign up to receive our Call Sheets so that we can get more people around the world praying for the people who are creating our culture and shaping our worldviews! And join us on our Friday one-hour prayer calls! We are SO grateful for you.

We are also excited to introduce you to Danae Samms has joined our HPN team! You can learn more about her on our website or email her a welcome at danae@hpnemail.org.

With love,
Karen, Kaelyn, Kim and our new Danae!
HPN Weekly Friday Prayer Call
Fridays | 12 - 1 p.m. Pacific | Zoom or phone call
Please join our Friday prayer calls! They are a powerful time of praise, prayer and community connection from HPN members globally!

Q & A with Producer Abby Davis
Saturday, Oct. 17 |11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PST | Online
Join HPN for a webinar and Q & A with Abby Davis and hear about her journey producing and empowering underrepresented voices. Prepare to be inspired!

HPN Hollywood Chapter Workshop with Brian Chan (Part 2!)
Thursday, Oct. 22 |7 - 9 p.m. PST | Online
Don't worry if you missed the last workshop! Join us for round two: a deep dive into Cultivating your Creativity. This workshop will give you insights and tools to grow a creative mind, overcome creativity blocks, nurture inspiration to create, and grow as a creative person. Whether you're a writer, painter, performer, or muser, cultivate your creativity to enhance the goodness of art and living.
Local Events
Don’t miss our other (virtual) local events on our Hollywood Community Calendar. VIEW LOCAL EVENTS>>
  • The Washington Post’s 25 Best Movies for Quarantine>>
  • Be inspired by Chadwick Boseman who gave this commencement speech before he passed away. WATCH THE SPEECH>>
  • Al Kasha, the award winning lyricist and music producer who passed away last month, shot an interview talking about both his career and his Hollywood Bible Study that impacted hundreds of industry professionals in the 1980s and 90s.  We want you to enjoy hearing him talk about God in Hollywood: WATCH THE VIDEO>>
  • Worship Album: Our friend, HPN member and singer/songwriter Michelle Lutz, headed up the revamp and creation of this album with E58 church (from HPN’s entertainment-friendly church list). One of the worship singers is from the band Penatonix. The album is life-giving, creative, and meditative. Listen for free on the app TRIBL (tribl.com), an app filled with live worship set recordings. WATCH "SPRINGTIME" BY MICHELLE LUTZ>>
  • Our friend and HPN member Alexandra Boylan's upcoming film The Inheritance was featured in Deadline last month! READ THE ARTICLE>>
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” 
Proverbs 19:11
“To thrive in this new season ahead with all its twists and turns - we must decide to remain unoffendable ... by circumstances, by setbacks, by people. Those that pass this test will see many doors open. #LiveWithAnOffendableHeart
Jonathan Ngai, Pastor of Radiance International
Hollywood Prayer Network Devotional Love

LOVE is the most beautiful word and emotion when it’s used for good. God is love. We’re all hungry for love. This week we’ll look at 1 Corinthians and learn how to love people more, love God more, and be more Christ-like, because of God’s amazing, unconditional, unending love for us.
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