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BILL REEVES began his career in the Christian product industry in 1988, working at Christian retail for five years, where he learned many of the ins-and-outs of the business. Next was seven years in the Christian music field—mostly at Word Entertainment supporting artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Sixpence None the Richer within the sales and distribution company. In 2000 Bill joined Big Idea Productions, well-known for their successful entertainment brand VeggieTales®. He served two main roles at Big Idea: first as Brand Licensing Manager, working with such companies as Fisher-Price and Haddad Apparel, then overseeing all Christian retail operations for the brand. After that came Thomas Nelson Publishers, where Bill served as Executive Producer of several kid's video series, including Max Lucado's "Hermie & Friends" series. From 2006 to 2011 Bill was Vice-President of Marketing for Propeller Consulting, a leader in faith-based marketing.
Bill and his wife Heidi live near Nashville, Tennessee with their three children Julianna, Jon Jr, and Denham.
BARRY LANDIS comes to Working Title as the former Vice President and Associate Publisher of Simon and Schuster/Howard Books where he was instrumental in launching a 10-book deal with #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury, a series of books from the hit A&E TV show, Duck Dynasty, as well as working with NYT best-selling author Dave Ramsey. A longstanding member of the Nashville entertainment community, he was President of Word/Curb Records 2002-2005 and re-established one of the world’s leading country music artists, Randy Travis, with the CMA and CMT “Song of The Year” Three Wooden Crosses in 2003. He signed Mute Math to Word/Warner Bros Records, developed POD into a multi-platinum selling band at Atlantic Records and signed a joint venture with super producer David Foster at 143 Records (Plus One).
During his career, Landis’ marketing strategies have been responsible for the sale of more than a billion dollars worth of books, music, home videos and theatrical tickets. His movie resumé includes marketing several feature length films as well as music supervision services to the film community. In 2011, Landis was a finalist for the post of Tennessee Film, Music and Entertainment Commissioner. He served on the board of the Nashville Chapter of NARAS (Grammys) from 2003-2012, and has more than 25 Gold and Platinum sales awards from artists with whom he has worked. Named by Radio/Retail Weekly Magazine one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in America, Landis is the founder of The Briner Institute, a Tennessee non-profit entertainment industry think tank, and also launched Nashville's Faith in Film Breakfast Club.
JIM McBRIDE joined the staff of Sherwood Baptist Church in 2000 and has served as the executive pastor overseeing operations, church staff, finances and Men’s Ministry since 2003. He is an executive producer of the films released by Sherwood Pictures, including Courageous, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and Flywheel. Jim has also worked for Coca-Cola fifteen years and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for six years. Jim and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 28 years. They have four children, Victoria, Buddy, Tommy and Sarah.
Jim recently became a published author. Rite Of Passage, A Father’s Blessing is a guidebook for dads wanting to lead their soon-to-be adult children into maturity. For generations, many religions and cultures have created rites of passage for children to enter adulthood—Jewish Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are just two examples. Today, however, many children don’t learn how to become adults on purpose—simply going with the flow of the culture around them. Jim shows that dads, and other perfectly placed adults have the unique opportunity to guide the teenagers in their life toward adulthood.
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