Media Symposium 2016



September 12-14, 2016

Crestview Conference Center
Eastern Territorial Headquarters
440 West Nyack Rd
West Nyack NY 10994

Registration is now closed  and fullSee you in September!

Cooke Pictures Co-Founder and President Phil Cooke poses on Stage 14 at CBS Studio Center, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Studio City, Calif. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Salvation Army)

Special Guest Phil Cooke

An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has produced media programming in nearly 50 countries. And he’s risked his life to do it. He’s dodged bullets, survived two military coups, fallen from a helicopter, and was threatened with prison. And during those perilous times, he’s helped leaders of some of the largest nonprofit organizations in the world use media to tell their story through Cooke Pictures, his company in Burbank, California.

According to Paula Zahn, a former CNN journalist, “Phil is rare.” A working Hollywood producer with a Ph.D. in theology, Cooke has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and Fox News. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

His book, Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing, shares secrets on how you can make today’s culture of disruption and change work for you. Another book, One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do, helps you find the great purpose and calling for your life. In 2012, The Washington Post named this book one of the top five books on business. His newest book is Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media.

Phil Cooke has lectured at Yale University, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and is an adjunct professor at the King’s University in Los Angeles. In addition to writing his blog at, he blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to Fast Company,, and

Todd_KormanickiSpecial Guest Todd Komarnicki

Todd Komarnicki is currently working on the film Sully Sullenberg, The story of Flight 1549 known as the Miracle on the Hudson. He is a prolific writer, producer and director of film and television as well as an acclaimed novelist. His first novel, Free, was published by Doubleday in 1993 and his second novel, Famine (Arcade 1997), received tremendous reviews and was subsequently translated into French, Italian, and German. His third novel, War, was published to exceptional reviews in July of 2008 by Arcade.

In addition to his accomplishments in the literary world, Komarnicki has also found success in the entertainment industry as the director of the international production, RESISTANCE, starring Julia Ormond and Bill Paxton, which Komarnicki adapted from an Anita Shreve novel. This World War II epic love was released in 2003 and is currently available on DVD worldwide from Paramount and Lionsgate Entertainment.

Komarnicki’s screenplays include “Perfect Stranger” starring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry, an adaptation of the international bestseller THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN for Paramount and Icon; THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER for Sony; PICKING COTTON for academy award nominated producer, David Friendly; THE SULLY SULLENBERGER STORY (MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON), for The Kennedy/Marshall Company; and most recently THE GREATEST GIFT, the true story behind the film classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life”. He has also sold pilots to ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and TNT.

Komarnicki is the president & founder of the production/management company Guy Walks Into A Bar. Komarnicki and Guy Walks partner Jon Berg produced the Christmas blockbuster ELF, starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau. The film amassed over $220 million worldwide, and has become a perennial favorite every Christmas season.

He is represented by CAA (Creative Artists Agency). Komarnicki lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Remy, and son, Dashiell.



All inclusive Fee (includes transportation to and from major airports within the New York Area, hotel accommodations for the Symposium (double room occupancy) meals with the expectation of one. All transportation to and from NYC, Broadway show and more. Does not include airfare to and from the New York area. Airfare is on your own.

About the Symposium:

Purpose Statement:

The International Salvation Army Media Symposium will gather delegates from around the globe who are working in various media capacities to discuss the effectiveness of their work and to further understand media’s enormous mission potential.


This symposium aims to provide delegates with knowledge, resources, and recommendations on how to gather, create, and deliver the Gospel message through various digital and traditional media. The symposium aims to encourage the establishment of a fellowship of believers and creative individuals who will influence the world through media. This symposium also aims to build upon an already rich heritage that has been established in the field of communications. Through worship, delegates will participate in a God–honoring event.




Saturday, September 10, 2016
International Arrivals Airports
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Domestic Arrivals Airports
10.00AM Corps Worship with International Guests
12.00PM Lunch at Corps with Special Guests
2.00PM Liberty State Park visit and Statue of Liberty
4.00PM  Back to Hotel
6.30PM Dinner with both International delegates and US delegates
Monday, September 12, 2016
8.30AM Arrival THQ Conference Center
9.00AM-9.30AM Welcome from the Secretary for Communications Brengle Hall
9.30AM-12.00PM Introductions and 15 Minute Reel talk from Delegate Territories Brengle Hall
12.00PM-1.00PM Lunch THQ Dining Room A
1.15PM-3.00PM General Session I with Phil Cooke – Engagement Brengle Hall
3.00PM-3.30PM Break Conference Center Café
3.30PM-4.30PM Break Out Session I Shirley A, B, C, D, Ferguson
4.45PM-6.00PM Break Out Session II Shirley A, B, C, D, Ferguson
6.00PM-7.00PM Dinner and Dessert THQ Dining Room A
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
8.30AM Arrival THQ Conference Center
9.00AM-9.30AM Devotions Brengle Hall
9.30AM-12.00PM General Session II with Phil Cooke – Quality and Need for Production – Interview with Todd Komarnicki Brengle Hall
12.00PM-1.00PM Lunch THQ Dining Room
1.15PM-3.00PM General Session III – TBD Brengle Hall
3.00PM-3.30PM Break Conference Center Café
3.30PM-4.30PM Break Out Session III Shirley A, B, C, D, Ferguson
4.45PM-6.00PM Break Out Session IV Shirley A, B, C, D, Ferguson
6.00PM-7.00PM Dinner On Your Own
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
8.30AM Arrival THQ Conference Center
9.00AM-9.30AM Devotions Brengle Hall
9.30AM-12.00PM General Session IV – Joe Pritchard/Communications Director Brengle Hall
12.00PM-1.00PM Lunch THQ Dining Room
1.30PM Load Bus and Leave for NYC THQ Parking Lot
2.30PM-7.00PM Free time to tour NYC
7.00PM-9.00PM Broadway Show
9.00PM Depart from NYC to Hotel
Thursday, September 15, 2016
8.00AM Continental Breakfast at Hotel
9.00AM Depart for Airports
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