As a movie executive, there is no doubt he has been a success during his 30 years in the entertainment industry. David Kirkpatrick was the president of Paramount Pictures, and he simultaneously ran Walt Disney Studios and Touchtone Studios. He was the first person in movie history to operate two studios at the same time. He has overseen the production of more than 200 movies, including Forrest Gump, Top Gun, The Firm, Ghost, Witness, Ordinary People, Hunt For Red October, Terms of Endearment, and Little Mermaid. He was also responsible for the Indiana Jones and Star Trek series.What may make David Kirkpatrick different than other movie executives, however, is desire to present positive value entertainment based on Judeo Christian principles, and he recently became the co-founder of Good News Holdings, a company that seeks to do just that.
Kirkpatrick says there is obviously a need to “lift the bar in Christian entertainment in terms of excellence.” He says there is a major spiritual battle in the world, and those in his company want to be “an alternative voice” that will be “pleasing to the Lord.”
According to the website of the company, it attempts to provide “Spiritainment” by mobile phone, the Internet, print publishing, cable, satellite television, and motion pictures. It seeks to be the world leader in such entertainment. The purpose of such entertainment is to challenge the mind, capture the heart, please God, and refresh the spirit.
The company has developed FaithXL Universe to provide a safe place for young people share their lives online, be connected with others, be inspired to be more like Christ through exposure to music, art, writing, and the Bible. The company attempts to create movies to entertain, educate, and minister to audiences through Mars Hill Entertainment (The movies are designed to be consistent with the Bible). Barna Films attempts to help church and worship leaders with “awe inspiring media.” The company attempts to provide quality content through a variety of other means, including downloadable content for mobile phones.
According to Kirkpatrick, the wholesome entertainment, with the Judeo Christian worldview, will be launched in 2008 to provide “strong storytelling with a Biblical worldview.”
Kirkpatrick is in charge of media, television, and other traditional media at Good News Holdings. He plans to bring the new kind of entertainment to a worldwide audience.
The movies and other entertainment will be produced at a 1,000 acre piece of land in Portsmouth, Massachusetts.
David Kirkpatrick has won the Golden Globe, Emmy, and Independent Spirit awards. 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 the first person to win the Peter Stark scholarship. The Walt Disney Foundation gives the award. At 17 he sold his first screenplay to Paramount. He was still in high school at the time. By 18, he was teaching screenwriting at California Institute of the Arts. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from that school in 1974. He serves on the board of several worldwide charities.
Kirkpatrick rededicated his life to his faith about three years ago. He says that even before that event he never helped create a movie that celebrated violence or illicit sex. David Kirkpatrick, however, is now concerned with creating movies that present a Judeo Christian worldview.