Trinity Broadcasting Network's Children and Youth Channels Recognized With Crown Award Nominations for Impacting Christian Programs

LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2013) — Trinity Broadcasting Network, America's premier Christian broadcaster, announced that several programs airing on TBN's Smile of a Child kid's channel and the JCTV youth channel have been nominated for coveted Crown Awards, presented annually by International Christian Visual Media (ICVM). Each year ICVM, an organization of Christian visual media professionals, presents the Crown Awards to recognize the best in films and videos that reflect Christian values to a secular world.


Two popular Smile of a Child shows have been nominated for this year's Crown honors: iShine KNECT in the categories for Best Youth Film, Best Comedy, Best Television Format, and Best Series; and Mary Rice Hopkins & Puppets with a Heart in the categories for Best Series and Best Children's Film. “Having our programs highlighted in the Crown Award venue is a special honor,” said Brenda Rossman, Smile of a Child's program director. “It re-enforces our commitment to create shows that give children a foundation for a life of faith in God.”


Meanwhile, three JCTV youth network programs have been nominated for Crown Awards: Cruise With a Cause 4 and The 40/40: A Wilderness Adventure for Television Format and Best Series; and the long-running youth talk program Top 3 for Best Television Format. “These three JCTV programs highlight our dedication to producing the kinds of content that can make a difference in the lives of young people,” said Mark McCallie, program director for JCTV. “We're thrilled to have our shows considered for Crown Awards.”


TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch noted that for the past forty years TBN has been committed to producing and airing programming that impacts individuals, families, and communities. “From weekly shows and specials to full-length feature films, TBN has been a leader in quality Christian programming since 1973,” Mr. Crouch said. “It is a distinct honor to have some of our most popular shows recognized for ICVM's prestigious Crown Award.”


The Crown Awards presentation ceremony will be held June 21 during ICVM's international conference in St. Louis.


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