Regent University seeks to serve as a creative and spiritually uplifting place where people connect with others who are working in media and the performing arts in a learning environment. On the pages below, you will discover a few of the many artists and professionals who have shared their lives and experiences with us. In 1744, Italian philosopher and historian, Giambattista Vico, offered an apt account of the mission of a story-teller: “Now this is the three-fold labor of poetry (story-telling): (1.) To invent sublime fables suited to the popular understanding; (2.) to perturb to excess (entertain) with a view to the end proposed; (3.) and to teach the vulgar to act virtuously.” As Christians, we join with others to develop our gifts, our talents and our lives in ways that will help make a redemptive difference in the lives of others through the creative and prophetic power of story.
Industry Speakers & Guests
Mark Atteberry has studied at various studios including Moscow Art Theatre, LA Connection and Second City. Film credits include supporting roles in The Hulk and Demolition Man. He has also been on various television shows such as Nip/Tuck, 24 and The Shield. Atteberry is a highly respected artist and is considered by many to be the best headshot and fashion photographer in the industry. He was recently chosen by Backstage West as one of the "Best Headshot Photographers in L.A." He also teaches classes on acting, image and marketing in his own acting studio The Mark Atteberry Acting Studios.
Chris Auer of Savannah, Ga., is a seasoned screenwriter and adapted The Legend of the Candy Cane for video. He has numerous scriptwriting credits, including More True Stories from Touched by an Angel with CBS. He was the creator and executive producer for the half-hour series Big Brother Jake from 1990 to 1994 and also worked for NBC's The Cosby Show. Auer currently serves as chair of the Department of Film and Television at Savannah College of Art & Design. He graduated from Regent University in 1981 with a Master of Arts in Communication.
Ted Baehr is the chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. Baehr has written numerous books, including So You Want To Be In Pictures?, Narnia Beckons, Frodo And Harry: The Lord Of The Rings Versus Harry Potter and What Can We Watch Tonight?. Baehr was president of the organization that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. He has also produced hundreds of programs for PBS television. Baehr has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hannity and Colmes, CNN, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC and Entertainment Tonight.
Dean Batali is a well-respected Christian writer and producer working in the mainstream Hollywood industry. Batali was the former executive producer and writer for That 70's Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was also a staff writer on NBC's Hope and Gloria and wrote for Duckman, Bruno the Kid, Mickey's Campfire Tales and Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
Sybril Bennett is a two-time Emmy award-winning television news journalist. Her professional career started at WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wis. She's worked behind the scenes at CBS in Chicago, Ill., and at CBS in Nashville, Tenn. She has also been an on-air reporter, anchor and talk show host at CBS in Nashville. Her research interests include strategic communication convergence, the black identity in the media and the media and higher education.
Team Partner of Plymouth Rock Studios
In 1989, Thom Black founded the InGenius Center to provide people with a deeper understanding of their unique talents and skills and of the effective use of their talents in the workplace. He has worked at the executive suite level developing people strategies with companies such as Hewlett Packard, Home Savings of America, Discover Card, Harris Bank, Pharmacia, Advanta Mortgage, All-State, Sears, Hewitt Associates, Price Waterhouse, Rush Medical Center, Arthur Anderson, Motorola, Nalco, the Chicago Bears, HomeBanc, Mannatech and ServiceMaster. Black is also the author of several books, all of which champion the notion of individual uniqueness including 30 Days to a Smart Family, 55 Waverly Street, Born to Fly, Kicking Your Kid Out of the Nest, They Call Me Mr. Romance, and Inside the Zone at Pharmacia. He has been a regular guest on TV and radio programs around the United States and his one-man theatrical presentation, The Moment, has been seen by more than 350,000 people across the country. Former co-founder and director of Spiritainment™ at Good News Holdings, he is currently a team member of Plymouth Rock Studios. The studio will be the east coast's first independent, full-service film and television studio facility.
President and COO of Promenade Pictures
Cindy Bond has become acclaimed for her pioneering work in developing and making films that appeal to families and people of faith throughout the world. Bond began her producing career at Wild Horse Entertainment and Management where she served as president and produced Total Stranger, starring Lindsey Crouse, Zoe McLellan and Jay Thomas in the Lifetime Channel premiere. In 1998, she co-founded Providence Entertainment, a domestic theatrical distribution and marketing company. Under her leadership, Providence acquired and distributed various films including The Omega Code. Bond is an active member of the Producer's Guild of America, Screen Actor's Guild, Women in Film, Biola University Studio Task Force and sits on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation, the Heartland Film Festival and The Marco Island Film Festival. She also co-founded the Backyard National Children's Film Festival, a nationally recognized film festival solely devoted to showcasing films made by kids. While serving on the board of the BNCFF, she anchored LEGO and HBO as the lead sponsors of the festival.
TEN COMMANDMENTS (Film Screening)
Producer Cindy Bond discussed the animated film. Synopsis: He is an ordinary man and a humble shepherd who, despite a turbulent past, has found peace in a simple life and a loving family. But the day comes when his peaceful life is shattered by the sudden awesome appearance of God, who has a mission for Moses. It's a mission that will thrust Moses onto history's stage and turn him from the ordinary into the extraordinary—a mighty prophet and leader of his people.
SAFD Fight Master, Fight Director
Michael Chin is the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) fight master and coordinator for the SAFD's National Stage Combat Workshop. Chin is recognized as a fight master, fight director and certified teacher with SAFD. He served as fight coordinator on Broadway for the internationally acclaimed hit show Festen. Chin is a student of Northern Style Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu and currently is on adjunct faculty at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. In 2005 he won the Outstanding Fight Direction Award from the New York Theatre Fringe Festival for his work on The Lizards.
Actor and Comedian
Tim Conway is best known for his role on The Carol Burnett Show, an 11-year stint that garnered him five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, major accolades from critics and three generations of fans. In 1989, Conway received his much deserved star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame." In 2002, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame. He won his sixth career Emmy in 2008 for his guest star role on NBC's critically acclaimed TV show 30 Rock. Conway's other television credits include Rango, Ace Crawford Private Eye, Tim Conway's Funny America, three self-titled variety shows and one sitcom. He's appeared on sitcoms such as Married with Children, Cosby, Mad About You, Touched by an Angel and Coach, for which he won an Emmy in 1997. He has guest starred on Yes Dear, and kids may recognize him as the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob SquarePants. Conway's film career includes They Went That Way and That Way and The Long Shot, both of which he wrote, along with The Shaggy D.A., Speed II and Dear God. But it was his work in a long line of family films—The World's Greatest Athlete, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Gus, The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Prize Fighter and Private Eyes—that garnered him the most acclaim. Conway wrote the last three and was frequently paired with Don Knotts for a double dose of comedy high jinks.
Melissa studied film and television writing at The University of California, Santa Barbara and continued her writing education by attending the Act One: Writing for Hollywood month-long intensive program in 2002. She was accepted to Act One's exclusive Act Two: Advanced Writing Program twice. She has written well-received spec scripts for CSI, ER, Grey's Anatomy and Gilmore Girls. In 2006 she joined forces with another Act One writer, Jessica Reider. Their first completed script (Medium) earned them a spot as finalists in the extremely competitive Warner Bros. Writing Workshop. In early 2007, they finished a House spec that led to them being signed at Creative Artists Agency, arguably Hollywood's premier talent agency.
Actor, Theatre Director and Teacher
Michael Gaunt is the former principal (head administrator) for the Guildford School of Acting, the Royal Welsh School of Drama and the Birmingham School of Acting. Gaunt is an actor, theatre director and teacher, and his career spans 40 years on both sides of the Atlantic. Productions include United Kingdom tours of The Amorous Prawn, Private Lives and A Matter of Choice, starring Sarah Churchill (Sir Winston Churchill's daughter.) His production of Man of La Mancha was invited by the Russian Academy for Theatre Arts as part of the International Podium in Moscow (1993), along with productions from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and the Moscow Art Theatre School where it won the Best Musical award. He has made more than 50 appearances on television including Softly, Softly-Task Force, The Brothers, Van Der Valk, Oscar Wilde– De Prefundis (starring Sir Michael Gambon) and was a storyteller in Jackanory for BBC Television and has appeared in a number of feature films including All Men Are Mortal. More recently he toured in Thelma Holt's UK production of The Tempest, starring Richard Briers and directed by Patrick Mason, a former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He directed Regent University's production of The Rivals in the spring of 2009.
Carol Jaudes appeared for five years on Broadway as Jennyanydots, the tap-dancing Gumbie Cat in the hit musical Cats. Some of Jaude's favorite roles have been Maria in The Sound of Music at The North Carolina Theatre, Eileen in Off-Broadway's Too Many Girls, and Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Harpo in Day In Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine and the woman in Tomfoolery at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She also enjoyed starring in the title role of Hello Dolly! at Music Theatre of Wichita. She has received the coveted Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Leading Actress in Chicago Music Theatre for her performance of Young Belle in Little Me. She recreated the portrayal at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination. She is currently special events and arts ministries director for the eastern territory of the Salvation Army. She has recently released her first solo vocal CD titled This Day." Her acting team, TAM, travels throughout the eastern territory and the United States communicating God's message through drama. She is a soldier at the Montclair Citadel Salvation Army where she serves as Young People's Sergeant Major.
Feature Reporter, Sports Anchor, Director and Co-host of Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel
Brian Kilmeade joined the FOX News Channel (FNC) in December 1997 and is co-host of the network's morning shows, Fox & Friends First and FOX & Friends. He also serves as the sports anchor covering all major sporting events and breaking news. He also has been the co-host of the radio show Brian and the Judge, heard nationally on 80 stations, as well as XM and Sirius Radio since 2006. In addition, Kilmeade is the author of the New York Times best seller The Games Do Count, as well as It's How You Play the Game.
Executive, Producer, Screenwriter and Story Analyst
David Kirkpatrick is the former president of Paramount Pictures, where he worked for over 17 years after starting as the studio's story editor. Kirkpatrick was the first person ever in the motion picture industry to hold two studio production chief jobs simultaneously when he ran both Walt Disney Studios and Touchstone Studios. As a motion picture executive, David has overseen some 200 movies including Forrest Gump, Top Gun, The Firm, Ghost, Witness, Ordinary People, Hunt For Red October, Terms Of Endearment, Dead Poet's Society, Elephant Man, An Officer And A Gentleman, Reds and Little Mermaid. He was also responsible for such successful franchises as the Indiana Jones and the Star Trek series. In the 1980s, he was involved with the most successful exclusive arrangement between an actor and a studio in the last 50 years. As the responsible executive for Eddie Murphy, he oversaw such early classics as 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop I & II, Trading Places and Coming to America. The pictures on which Kirkpatrick worked have a collective worldwide box office gross of more than 10 billion dollars and have garnered close to 400 Academy nominations and 163 Academy wins. As a producer, David has been the recipient of a Golden Globe, an Emmy and the Independent Spirit Award. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He was co-founder and director of Traditional Media at Good News Holdings, and currently, he is managing director of Plymouth Rock Studios.
Master Planning Director for Plymouth Rock Studios
Earl Lestz is the former president of Paramount Studio Groups from 1983 to 2004 in Los Angeles where he led Paramount's studio operations. Under Earl's leadership, Paramount's 63-acre Hollywood lot underwent major renovations and development. Lestz was responsible for transforming Paramount's studio operations and facilities from a low service $15 million per year loss leader into a cash flow EBITDA of $50 million per year. In 2004, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is on the board of directors of the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Hollywood Entertainment Museum and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Writer, Director and Producer
Professionally writing since 1997, McKay wrote the screenplay for The Ultimate Gift, based on Jim Stovall's novel. The Ultimate Gift won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, received three Movieguide nominations, winning one of the Ten Best Family Films of 2007, and won a CAMIE Award for one of the Top Ten Films of the year. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy and Abigail Breslin. It was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. She also wrote the DVD for Gigi: God's Little Princess, another book adaptation based on the book by Sheila Walsh, as well as the Wild and Wacky, Totally True Bible Stories audio series and books with Frank Peretti. Currently, she has teamed up with author, Rene Gutteridge, who is novelizing McKay's screenplay, Never the Bride. The novel version was released in June 2009 by Random House Publishers, and the feature film was shot in 2009. McKay graduated from Regent University in 1995 with a Master of Arts in Communication, focusing on film aesthetics and producing.
Journalist and TV Host
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and the CableACE Award.
Vice President, Affiliate News, FOX Broadcasting Company
Joseph Alan Saitta has had a busy time as vice president of affiliate news at Fox Broadcasting as he is responsible for bringing in new affiliates into the Fox News family. At least 25 new affiliates joined in 1995, and Saitta has seen Fox News outlets grow from 15 to 50 since his appointment. Saitta joined the army journalism training program after high school and has worked in the television news area ever since.
JACKIE MATTHEWS SNOW
Head of Movement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
Jackie Matthews was trained at the London College of Dance and Drama which qualified her to teach ballet and most other forms of dance. She was also trained to teach actors movement and historical dance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she went on to train the actors in pure movement, acrobatics and period dance for 17 years before becoming head of movement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art which is her current position. She also teaches for the British American Drama Academy London and Oxford programs. She was master of movement at Shakespeare's Globe for three years where she taught movement and choreographed dances. Other professional movement work includes Further than the Furthest Thing at the Royal National Theatre and Twelfth Night at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Film and television work includes, the Lost Prince, by Stephen Poliakov, Quills, All Forgotten, and most recently, Terence Mallick's The New World.
Christian Worship Leader
Jason Upton is a unique worship leader. His worship is raw, unconventional and truly an experience with God. He wants to lead people to Jesus and not religion. Upton has released 11 albums and continues to produce. Upton is an independent Christian worship leader who has a large underground following. He has been compared to Keith Green by many people and was popularized by his appearances at services in Lou Engle's movement, The Call. Some feel that he is unorthodox in his approach and critical of mainstream Christianity at times. Upton regularly tours the country, leading worship in churches small and large most weekends out of the year, usually at unticketed events. He has released 11 CD's such as his latest 12 Ft Below Sea Level, Beautiful People, Between Earth & Sky Project, Open Up the Earth, and others.
Actor and Producer
Eduardo Verástegui is the son of a sugar cane farmer from a small town in Mexico. During a phenomenal career as a recording artist and actor, Verástegui had been signed by a high-profile talent agency and management company who were guiding his fast track to stardom. As his career was skyrocketing Verástegui realized that he was unfulfilled. He wanted to make films that “have the potential to touch people's hearts and minds.” He also did not want to continue to take roles that contributed to the negative stereotype of Latinos in film. "I realized that I had to start my own production company that would make films that entertain, engage and inspire audiences with a positive message.” Bella is the first film produced by Metanioa Films, a production company owned by Verástegui, Sean Wolfington, Leo Severino, Alejandro Monteverde and Eustance Wolfington. Their mission is to make timeless movies that have the potential to make a meaningful difference in people's lives.
Fight Director and Instructor
Geoffrey Alm studied in England with John Waller at the Drama Studio in 1977. In the summer of that year, he passed the British Society of Fight Directors Certification test, adjudicated by William Hobbs. He has been teaching the Society of American Fight Directors certification in Seattle since 1988 and now teaches stage fighting at the Professional Actor's Training Program, for the University of Washington, as well as Freehold Theatre Lab. He has taught workshops all over the Northwest as well as around the country. In 1997 he was awarded the title of fight director. He has directed fights for more than 100 Equity productions since 1986, locally as well as nationally.
Fight Master, SAFD
David Brimmer has been choreographing violence in New York as well as Regional Theaters around the country for more than 20 years. His choreography has been nominated for a Douglas Fairbanks Award for Excellence in Theater, and his work is currently on file at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is the creator and current instructor of the stage combat program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has taught at the Classical Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Lee Strasberg Institute, the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Atlantic Theater Company and the Yale School of Music and Drama. He is a former president of the New York Fight Ensemble (NYFE) and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors.
ANTHONY DE LONGIS
Actor, Fight Director, Sword Master, Professional Weapons Trainer, Horseman and Writer
Anthony De Longis is well known for creating the role of Kazon leader, First Maje Culluh, for Star Trek: Voyager, appearing in five of the series' episodes. He has guest-starred on The Outer Limits, Queen of Swords, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, The Adventures of Sinbad, Conan, The Adventurer, Babylon 5 and Highlander: The Series twice. He's also appeared in the popular movies Road House, Masters of the Universe and Sword and the Sorcerer. Off-camera, De Longis has occupied the staff position of fight director for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera since 1985.
DR. GARY EDGERTON
Old Dominion University, Communication & Theatre Arts Department Chair, Professor and Author
Gary Edgerton is professor and chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television and has published five books and more than 55 essays on a wide assortment of film, television and culture topics in a variety of books and scholarly journals. Edgerton is the founder and artistic director of the annual ODU Film and Video Festival and he teaches Film as Communication, American Film History and International Film History.
Fight Director and Actor
Michael Johnson has been a fight director for such companies as The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, The Lady Cavaliers, Double Helix Theatre, NAATCO/ Fluid Motion, Round House Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The Shakespeare Project, Theatre at Lime Kiln, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and The Kennedy Center. A professional actor as well, Johnson has performed at various regional theatres, on tour, on television and in feature films. He was also a stunt double for A Man Called Hawk.
Actress, Teacher and Fight Director
Jenny Jones is an actress, teacher and fight director currently residing in the city of Cincinnati, where she is on faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music teaching acting and stage combat. Having choreographed more than 100 productions, her credits include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Opera, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Kentucky Opera, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and numerous colleges and universities throughout the Midwest.
Director, Actor, SAFD Fight Director, Dance
Colleen Kelly is director of education and research at the American Shakespeare Center. She taught at USD/Old Globe, the University of Virginia and was resident fight director and head of the MFA program at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She is a founding board member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and a past vice president of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Professional credits include director, actor, fight director, dance choreographer and movement coach for theatres such as American Shakespeare Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Milwaukee Rep, Old Globe Theatres, La Jolla Playhouse and Dallas Theatre Center. Film credits include fights for Absalom, Absalom! and dances for the film Sommersby. Publications include Figuring the Fight: Recovering Shakespeare's Theatrical Swordplay in Theatre Symposium.
MICHAEL LANDON JR.
Producer, Director, Writer and Actor
Michael Landon Jr. is a Hollywood producer, director, writer and actor. Landon is the son of the late actor Michael Landon. He co-produced, wrote and directed the popular TV movies based on the first four books in Janette Oke's popular Love Comes Softly series. Landon became a committed Christian at the age of 19.
Actor and Improvisator
Derek Leonidoff has been acting since the age of 10 in a variety of film, television and theatre roles. Recent credits include the role of father Bob Belmont on The Knock Knock Show! for CBN films and the Family Channel, "the Storyteller" for the historical drama The Wreck, and a starring role of Ron Fervent in the upcoming independent film, Moving. Other credits include the role of "the Donut Kid" in the Walt Disney production First Kid with Sinbad. Leonidoff earned his B.A. in Theatre from James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va. While studying at JMU, he joined and toured with the improvisational comedy troupe, Cillia. After returning to Virginia Beach, he put that improv training to work and founded SLAPHAPPY! Improvisational Comedy Troupe. Based in Virginia Beach, SLAPHAPPY! is quickly becoming one of the region's premier comedy performance troupes.
Lighting Designer and Consultant
Daniel McKenricks' client base includes PBS and CBS. He is the president and senior designer of TVLD, Inc. His credits include Live Earth, Real Time with Bill Maher, Everyday Woman: Community of Friends, 60 Minutes and CBS Morning News, among others.
Sound Mixer and Boom Operator
Alumnus Randy Pease is a Hollywood sound mixer and boom operator whose credits include The Apostle, Runaway Jury and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Tim Robertson currently serves as chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises, LLC, an investment holding company with activities in international media and Internet technology ventures. He most recently served as president and CEO of International Family Entertainment (IFE), which was best known for its flagship cable network, The Family Channel. A leader in the cable industry, Robertson has brought a vision to family television that has influenced the marketing of cable to a nation with shifting values. He has targeted the emerging American family with sophisticated programming that includes original films, specials, syndicated programming, and comedy and drama series. He has served on the boards of a variety of cable and industry groups and is currently on the Board of Visitors for University of Virginia. He was recently appointed as a member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Regent University, the Board of Trustees for Norfolk Academy and the Board of Trustees for the DON'T QUIT! Foundation, and he has been appointed to the boards of the Children's Health Foundation and Virginia Marine Science Museum. He is also a member of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Council for the University of Virginia and has served as past campaign co-chairman on the United Way of Virginia Beach and on the Board of Directors of Operation Smile.
Talk Show Host, Radio Disk Jockey and Interviewer for The 700 Club
Scott Ross has won Billboard and Angel Awards for excellence in radio and television. He was also nominated for two Ace Awards for the Straight Talk TV show. Scott has a reputation for confronting challenges head on—putting problems in God's perspective. His unique interviewing style gets people talking candidly about sensitive subjects.
TIM SCOTT & WILL DECKER
Travel the Road team
Tim Scott and Will Decker comprise the Travel the Road team, a television series on TBN. Scott asked Decker to undertake a bold adventure to the farthest reaches of the world. Decker, not knowing the Lord, agreed to go and photograph the missionary journey. Three months into the journey Decker dedicated his life to the Lord and began to preach and speak in villages. Scott grew up in a Christian home, and at the age of 19, God called him out of the business world into the mission field to distant lands. Scott has journeyed to 34 countries fearlessly preaching the word of God in villages, huts and forbidden lands. For the past year, he has edited and produced the Travel the Road television series and desires that millions be touched by it.
Former Member of the Ronettes
Nedra Talley was a member of the girl group, The Ronettes, along with her cousins Ronnie Spector and Estelle Bennett. In 1966 she left the Ronettes in search of spirituality. She became a real estate agent and later opened a number of restaurants and sold her own brand of sauce. She is married to Scott Ross, a former DJ turned interviewer for The 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network, and they have four children. She also recorded a solo album, Full Circle in 1978. Talley was inducted in the 22nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 12, 2007, in New York City.
Ken Wales is a devout Christian and counts the likes of Philip Anschutz, owner of Bristol Bay Productions (Ray, Sahara) and Walden Media (Narnia, Bridge to Terabithia), Julie Andrews, and even Billy Graham among his good friends. He produced 1978's Revenge of the Pink Panther with Andrews' husband, Blake Edwards, and he brought the popular Christy series (starring Kellie Martin) to CBS in 1994. In 2007, he produced the film Amazing Grace. Wales co-produced the ABC eight-hour miniseries, Emmy® nominated and Golden Globe® winner John Steinbeck's, East of Eden, starring Jane Seymour, and was associate producer of the first season of Cagney and Lacey. He was vice president of production for Walt Disney Pictures and has served as production supervisor and consultant for many other features.