Industry News

CBAggregator: Songs and movies

Sandi Patty talks step families; Ginny Owens latest work; singer’s cancer battle; end-times thriller premieres on location; Minnesota music festival moves to Wisconsin …

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Teen Mania goes to Myanmar

Teen Mania Founder and President, Ron Luce, will bring Mission Myanmar to the predominantly Buddhist nation for the first Acquire the Fire youth gathering on the continent of Asia July 16-30.

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K-LOVE Christmas tour on the road

The third annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, sponsored by 25 Entertainment, is Dec. 4–20 and includes performances from Jeremy Camp, Chris August, Plumb and Love, and The Outcome. For

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Tooth & Nail celebrates 20 years

Seattle-based Tooth & Nail Records celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 and a commemorative film, No New Kinda Story, documents the label’s artists during the past two decades. The label also released a

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Hagee sponsors Israeli ambulances

John Hagee Ministries gave its seventh and eighth ambulances to Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical service and blood-services agency, through a $250,000 donation to the agency’s Heart to Heart support organization.

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Christian artists receive Grammy nods

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. Christian artists nominated for awards include: Best Gospel Performance/Song: Help (Erica Campbell, featuring Lecrae); I Believe (Mali Music); No Greater Love (Smokie Norful); and

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WaterBrook Multnomah hires editor

Andrew Stoddard joined WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as editor Dec. 8. He comes to the publisher from David C Cook and will report to Editorial Director Laura Barker.

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Show Hope appoints director

Steven Curtis Chapman’s ministry Show Hope hired Mike Hamilton as executive director, replacing Scott Hasenbalg, who is moving into social entrepreneurism. Hamilton previously served as president of engagement with Blood:Water Mission.

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CBAggregator brings news, ministry, trends

HarperCollins CEO tells why he likes Christian publishing; Atlanta fire chief canned over his book that describes homosexuality as a perversion; Kirk Cameron film gets good box office despite mainstream naysaying; Casting Crowns receives third Favorite Artist award; Christian fiction’s mainstream growth explored by Library Journal; plus more …

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Black Friday mixed in Christian retail

Christian stores reported mixed Black Friday sales results as consumers shopped earlier for discounts or didn’t feel like they needed discounts. Phone calls to CBA member stores offered a some good, bad, and ugly reports.

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Ruling to determine toy content restrictions

On Dec. 17, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will decide on a proposed rule to prohibit U.S. children’s toys and childcare articles from containing specified phthalates and phthalate alternatives

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Indie stores enjoy shopper preference

According to The Wall Street Journal, independent book retailers started off the holiday shopping season strong, attributed to shoppers’ preference for a community experience over cost savings. Even without the big discounts

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ACFW books help inmates share Christmas

Through a new outreach initiative, “Stories for Christmas 2014,” American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) has teamed up with Christian Library International to provide Christian books to prisons, jails, and youth detention centers.

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B&N uses signed books as differentiator

Big-box retailer Barnes & Noble is offering added value online retailers can’t: pre-signed copies of high-profile books at no additional cost. The idea is a result of the company’s ongoing efforts to

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Books & Bibles

First Impressions finalists announced

November 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

American Christian Fiction Writers announced the finalists of the 2014 First Impressions contest for unpublished authors. Winners will be announced Dec. 15 and will be given the opportunity to have the first five pages of their manuscript evaluated by an industry professional. See the list of finalists.

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Clements joins Worthy Publishing

October 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Worthy Publishing Group hired Pamela Clements as VP and associate publisher of the company’s new Inspired imprint. An industry veteran, Clements began her career at Thomas Nelson in publicity and marketing and became publisher of the company’s General Interest and

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Bible training portal opens to retailers

August 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

HarperCollins Christian Publishing introduced a new Bible Training Portal for retailers to help their customers navigate the myriad choices of Bible translations, styles, and versions. The portal, launched and demonstrated at the 2014 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, is designed to educate and equip retail sales associates in Bible translations, Bible types, and Bible selling.

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Regular Baptist Press hires director

August 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Regular Baptist Press named David Gunn editorial director of publications. He will be responsible for overseeing non-curriculum product development, including the Baptist Bulletin, books, Bible studies, and Vacation Bible School.

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