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Posted by on Mar 19, 2007 in Portfolio | 2 comments

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W. Mark Whitlock Broadcaster, Writer, Editor, Strategic and Creative Consultant 615.715.1105 email Career Capsule Twenty-eight years in media with an emphasis on writing for audio and print. Strong reputation as a creative, innovative, and strategic thinker. Author or co-author of seven resources including the amazon.com top-25 bestseller, Simply Romantic® Nights. Seasoned multi-track, non-linear audio producer. Guerrilla marketing champion. Veteran meeting facilitator. Professional Experience Lionsheart Creative (my own company) Franklin, Tennessee, 2007 – present Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, 2004 – 2007 Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biblical Reference, Nelson Bible Group, 12/2005 – 3/2007 Strategic planning of $10-million publishing business including strong backlist. Coordinating with marketing and production. Supervised teams of editors and graphic designers. Cast vision for packaging. Managed author relations. Regional Manager, Eastern U.S., Nelson Ministry Services, 3/2004 – 12/2005 Served ministries, non-profit organizations, colleges, and churches along the Eastern seaboard through strategic planning, donor development, author relations, and custom publishing. Exceeded my sales goal for fiscal year 2005, $1.8-million. Exceeded my sales goal for fiscal year 2006 in 9...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2005 in Portfolio | 0 comments

“Moondance Alexander” puts Respect in the Saddle

(This was a feature article written for FoxFaith.com for the release of the DVD of “Moondance Alexander.” The link is replaced each month.) When Michael and Janeen Damian decided to make a movie, they didn’t know they were creating a cathartic experience for all involved. “Moondance Alexander” is the story of how hope changes a girl with no friends, a horse trainer with no clients, and a horse with no pedigree. This new movie, distributed by Fox Faith, is based on Janeen’s childhood adventures with her Pinto pony named Checkers. Both writers shed tears during the process. “Michael was constantly asking me, ‘What did you do then?’ and ‘What did your trainer say?’” added Janeen, who co-wrote and co-produced the film. “He was helping me go down memory lane and tap into the emotions.” Director and co-writer Michael Damian, best known for his 18-year-long appearance on The Young and the Restless, believes true stories inspire audiences because the emotions are genuine, not created in a laboratory. “This is the...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2005 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Who Knew Horton Had a Sermon

(This is a feature article written for FoxFaith.com and was released by BeliefNet in their monthly entertainment newsletter. It appeared online until December 2008) Pastor and author Robert Short believes Horton Hears a Who makes two spiritual themes stand out as large as an elephant in your living room. Short is the father of spiritual commentary on pop culture. His 1965 bestseller, The Parable of the Peanuts, examined the spiritual themes Charles Schultz brought to life through Charlie, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. Short has presented messages on the gospel parallels in film, television, and other forms of media for more than 40 years. Short’s latest book, The Parables of Dr Seuss, walks through 11 beloved Seuss stories—including Horton Hears a Who. The film adaptation releases on DVD December 9, 2008. When Short preaches on Horton, he gathers the children for a reading of the book while showing the images on a big screen. Short added, “Then I present the sermon which is designed to speak to...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2005 in Portfolio | 0 comments

A Lifeline to Hold Onto

Weight Loss Surgery Transforms the Patients, the Practice, and the Surgeon General surgeon Wayne Westmoreland, MD enjoyed the distance he used to feel from his patients. “I didn’t want to see the patients after general surgery,” Westmoreland said. “I wanted to take out your gall bladder, do a wonderful operation, admire my work, put your disease in a bucket, and be through with you. And then go load up my bird dogs and head out the duck blind.” After twenty years of surgery, however, he had an encounter on the Stones River Greenway that caused him to re-evaluate his life’s priorities. And his practice. “I was walking on the greenway trying to lose some weight I’d gained while I couldn’t exercise,” said Westmoreland, referring to his 90-day recovery from a broken collarbone in 2002. “I passed a morbidly obese lady on the path. I did something I’ve never done before—I looked at her face.” Westmoreland, trained at University of Tennessee at Memphis, paused and cleared his throat. “And what...

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