EMPOWERMENT MEDIA blends the talents of an award-winning array of highly creative and talented people from the business community and the television and video production industry. Using that creative energy, EMPOWERMENT MEDIA is boldly filling the void in mainstream entertainment for the creation and production of television and videos consistent with moral, Judeo-Christian, family values.
Laurence – President/Executive
of the University of Illinois in Broadcast Journalism, John has
over 25 years of television experience. Before founding EMPOWERMENT
MEDIA, he spent a decade developing Laurence Television Group,
a successful television production company in Jacksonville, FL.
He also worked for ten years as a TV sports anchor, including at
NBC affiliates in both Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida.
has earned a reputation for creating and developing network quality
programming. He has consistently found ways to fill niches not
being served in the television industry. In addition to the nationally
syndicated ULTIMATE CHOICE and REAL GIRLS, REAL LIFE, his programs
have aired or are currently airing on Sunshine Network in Florida,
FOX SPORTS NET affiliates in Florida, Chicago, and Ohio, Golf Channel
and ESPN2 in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as network affiliated
stations in Jacksonville and Orlando.
range of abilities and creativity has produced a wide variety of
successful programming. He is comfortable with many styles of shows,
both as an executive producer and on-air talent. His productions
reflect his great love for music, which serves as the foundation
for his best work.
most important is John’s burning passion
to make a difference in the world through moral and family centered
television programming and videos. He feels a strong calling to
impact mainstream television, especially on behalf of young people,
with a message that emphasizes traditional Christian values.
– REAL GIRLS Creator, Co-Producer/Ultimate Choice
Also a graduate
of the University of Illinois, Susan is creator and co-producer
of REAL GIRLS, REAL LIFE and the co-creator of ULTIMATE CHOICE. Susan has an incredible ability to connect
with young women through her producing and is an out of the box
thinker when it comes to television and production. Her background
and schooling in psychology helps her understand and relate to
viewers in a unique way.
Beyond REAL GIRLS and UC, Susan is helping
create and develop several other teen-oriented morality shows that
Empowerment Media plans to introduce in the coming years.
Bowser – ULTIMATE
CHOICE, REAL GIRLS Co-Host
to being the popular Co-Host of Ultimate Choice,
Courtenay is also the co-host of Empowerment Media's newest show, Real
Girls, Real Life. Courtenay was previously
the Founder and Executive Director of Shoshannah Arts, a Christian
performing arts center.
Now, when she
is not hosting shows for Empowerment Media, she travels the world
with her husband Jeremiah Bowser, and their son Jedidiah. Through
their organization, Ignition Point Ministries,
they share the love of Jesus Christ with people around the world
in a passionate and relevant way.
ULTIMATE CHOICE Co-Host
was one of the original team members for Empowerment Media and
is the long-time co-host of ULTIMATE CHOICE. After many years
as a popular and energetic youth pastor, Sean created of one of
the country’s most innovative outreaches to young people
called YouthQuake Live. YouthQuake Live is best described as a
Christian version of “Saturday Night Live”, featuring
comedy skits, music, and other entertainment geared for teenagers
and performed and produced by teenagers. Now in its 10th season,
YouthQuake Live regularly reaches audiences of 2500-3500 people
with a cast that has grown from 12 in the beginning to over 150
now, and includes six drama teams, two bands, a tech crew, a dance
team, a ministry team and 12 interns. The project also now features
a weekly radio show.
Sean's passion is to see young people established in the purpose and destiny
that God has for their individual lives and for their generation. He believes
that a new breed of teenagers is emerging. They are a generation looking for
a cause worth giving their lives for; a generation poised to change the world.
Sean has traveled the world, visiting 12 countries in mission work, impacting
teenagers wherever he has gone. He is currently the Pastor of Family Development
at Christ the Redeemer Church and resides with his wife and three children in
Ponte Vedra, FL.
Edwards, EdD, MS – EMI TV Show Consultant,
Dr. Drew Edwards is a behavioral health researcher, trainer, author
and Christian counselor. He has published professional and popular
articles on parenting, behavioral health, youth culture and substance
abuse, as well books on childhood depression and self esteem in
children. He provides seminars and workshops on parenting, youth
culture, addiction and sexuality.
He has been
connected with Empowerment Media from the beginning, serving
as a show consultant for all four seasons of ULTIMATE CHOICE,
appearing as a parenting expert on ULTIMATE CHOICE Family Edition,
and then again serving as the show’s consultant and a guest
expert on REAL GIRLS, REAL LIFE.
Dr. Edwards is the former Associate
Director in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida
College of Medicine. His appointment included clinical instruction,
patient care and classroom teaching in the Division of Addiction
includes a bachelor’s degree
from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Health
Science from the University of North Florida. Drew earned his
Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University.