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Phil Cooke Podcast

Apr 16, 2019

CEO of Mastermedia International Dan Rupple shares insight into affecting Hollywood as well as tips for those considering a move to Los Angeles in this interview with Phil Cooke.


Known by many as one of the founding members of the Christian comedy team Isaac Air Freight, Dan Rupple has over four decades of media experience as a respected producer, writer and speaker. His Hollywood experience includes ten years as supervising producer with CBS television (“The Price is Right,” “The Late Show with David Letterman”), plus serving as head of programming and development for five internet television companies. Featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News and The Washington Post, he is an honored Biola University graduate and an ordained minister.


In 2016, Dan was installed as the CEO of Mastermedia International, building meaningful trust relationships that confidentially serve today’s leading media professionals, creating honest dialogues around issues of faith and offering them insights regarding America’s vast Christian community. Mastermedia also exits to be an encouraging voice to the media leaders of tomorrow.


Here are some quick takeaways from today’s interview…

Always be a student. The film and television industry changes really quickly. You’ve got to be able to adapt.


You can change the way Hollywood looks at the Christian community in three ways:

  1. Congratulate them on good shows. Let them know there is an audience out there for quality programming.
  2. Create projects that are reflective of faith.
  3. Be a reflection of faith no matter what part of the industry you are in.


If you’re considering a move to Hollywood, Dan comments:

--Come if you feel that’s the way God wired you. If it’s a joy, and you’ve got the drive, passion and talent, he encourages the move.

--Understand the industry.

--Stay strong in your convictions.

--Prepare to be surprised. Learn your craft, form your network, get prepared with your projects. God will surprise you with opportunities, so be ready!


Overall, Dan reminds Christian workers in the film and television industry in Hollywood, “People are one miracle away from meeting the Lord.”


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