Karen is a producer, co-owner of Joint Effort - a film production company, and co-owner with her husband Jim, of JC Productions - a music production company.
Karen has had extensive experience producing TV specials, documentaries and children's programming; such as Coordinating Producer for the PAX special Changed Lives: Miracles of the Passion, as Associate Producer for Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer, as Co-Producer for the television special America's Throwaway Children, starring Dennis Franz and Danny Glover and as Post-Production Producer for the animation company TMS Entertainment, Inc.. She has also produced documentaries DVDs for HPN entitled The Hollywood Crisis, The Hollywood Tribe and The Hollywood Community and directed a short doc. for "Go Public." She has written episodes of the TV Series The Incurables, created and produced the rock gospel music show pilot Good News Rock, and was Associate Producer with Shari Lewis for two of her Home Video series, One Minute Bedtime Stories and One Minute Bible Stories. Karen also has the honor of producing her sons' short films. She is currently in development with the feature film "Charley Parkhurst".
As Head of Development at Penthouse Presentations, a TV production company (not affiliated with the magazine), Karen created and developed both television movies and series concepts. She was the assistant to the Executive Producer for a CBS-TV movie The Two Lives of Carol Letner, and was co-writer and assistant editor for Players or Pawns, a sports documentary and winner of best documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival.
Karen was also the producing director of the 8 th Annual Women in Film Festival in Los Angeles. Prior to that event she was one of the founders of Kino Women International (KIWI), an international women's film federation at the Moscow Film Festival and in Georgia, Soviet Union. She has also been booking producer for TV specials and fundraisers, booking celebrities and interviewees for the American Heart Association, the American Lung Cancer Association and World Vision International. She also served as the interim Theatre Manager for the Mark Taper Forum for six months.
As Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network, Karen also speaks and teaches around the country to people of faith, encouraging them to not hate Hollywood or boycott its products, but instead to pray for the people in the entertainment industry. She is also a published co-author of two books with her husband Jim and their writing partner Victorya Rogers, entitled, "How To Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out" (or the young people’s version, “The J Bomb”) and "The Day I Met God," all available at Barnesandnoble.com, Thrillinglife.com and at Amazon.com.
Karen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, a founding member of PREMISE, and a board member of the Biola University Media Task Force. She is a graduate of USC with a BA in Producing. Karen is married to a film and TV composer and her best Pal Jim. They are the proud parents of their two Wonder Boys – Chapman University, Dodge Film School graduate, Christopher, and USC Film School Freshman, Cameron.
James Covell began his career writing music immediately after graduating in music composition from USC. He has been working ever since scoring, songwriting, conducting and arranging in every medium. James has written scores for many feature films, including DENACE THE MENACE CHRISTMAS, THE LIST and LEFT BEHIND, recorded with the London Symphony. That Soundtrack CD, and twelve other soundtracks are available on his website at www.JamesCovell.com. Along with his work in film, James has worked for all four of the major networks scoring Pilots, TV Movies, Specials and Series. Currently running is "Last Shot With Judge Gunn" on syndication and recent scores are his themes on the new Veria Health Network and two TLC series, U.S. MARSHALS and THE HUNT FOR AMAZING TREASURES, along with his score on the TV Special CHANGED LIVES: MIRACLES OF THE PASSION. James has also written a full-scale musical play entitled A HOUSE DIVIDED and an Orchestral Trumpet Concerto. His other commissioned Orchestral works premiered with great success by the Denver Symphony.
Karen and Jim spend quite a bit of time in ministry in Hollywood and they speak, both as a team and individually, around the country to churches, colleges and private functions across the country on their three favorite topics; “How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out" and “The Power of Prayer” and “Hollywood: The World’s Most Influential Mission Field.” They are on the forefront of spreading the unique vision that Christians around the world should pray for the “Hollywood tribe,” as a key to transforming the world’s most influential mission field.
Jim and Karen are two of the three co-authors of two books, “How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out”, the new young version entitled "The J Bomb" and “The Day I Met God” all published by ThrillingLife Publishers. They are still planning to someday write their third book about marriage called “To Have and To Hold On.”
Jim’s non-musical passion are Mrs. Fields cookies, his girlfriend Karen (who he’s been married to for 29+ years) and their two Wonder Boys Christopher (age 22) and Cameron (age 18).
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THE COVELLS
"Karen Covell is the personification of the Spring Arbor University mission statement; 'Critical participation in the affairs of the contemporary world'. With passion, clarity and engagement; Karen had a 1000 students in the grip of her heart as she shared of her life, ministry and passion for the Hollywood community. Ministering with integrity and vision, Karen brought forth a powerful challenge to be part of ministry to Hollywood and not to just boycott it. What a blessing to have her on our campus as she engaged the Chapel, the students and the classes she spoke in. I could not give a greater word of encouragement for others to be blessed by her live and mission for Christ." - Ron Kopicko, University Chaplain, Spring Arbor University
"Jim, Karen & Victorya are in the front lines of spiritual influence. Their book is a must read." - Dr. Bill Bright, founder, Campus Crusade for Christ
"Talk About Jesus" is practical, challenging, and compelling. It contains vital information that will help todays Christians effectively share their faith in the 21st century." - Josh McDowell, Author/Speaker
"For many years, Jim and Karen Covell have been warriors for the Lord in Hollywood. As professionals and as Christians, they know the terrain and the tactics of the enemy within the entertainment industry. Few people in the world are more qualified to inform audiences about the needs and challenges we are facing today in the crisis of popular culture. We highly recommend them to any group desiring a lively, informative and truth-filled message." - Coleman Luck, Writer/Executive Producer; Carel Luck, Writer/Fine Artist
"...Its encouraging to learn that people like you and the Covells have been able to successfully live out what you believe." - Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family
"This is to recommend Karen Covell as a most worthy speaker to be included in your catalog. She has spoken many times at Hollywood Presbyterian Church events and is a gifted communicator. She has a delightful sense of humor; she is creative and imaginative with her presentations; she is powerfully spiritual in her messages. No matter what topic she has chosen to speak on, we have found her message challenging and inspiring.
She is especially excellent on witnessing for Christ and on prayer. We highly recommend her and know that any group she speaks for will be richly blessed." - Anna Kerr, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, Missions Coordinator; Women’s Ministries
PARTIAL MEDIA LIST
100 Huntley Street – Canada
ABC Evening News
At Home Live with Chuck & Jenni
CNN‘s Showbiz Tonight
Good Morning America
Family Net's The Call
LA Channel 5 News
NOWTV – Winnipeg, Canada
Total Living Network
Trinity Broadcasting Network
Mars Hill Network, Syracuse, NY
Nat'l Radio Interviews:
KKLA - The Frank Stonag Show
KKLA - The Frank Pastore Show
KSBJ - Sunday Night Live
American Family Radio
Beverly LaHaye Today
Duffy & Company
Focus on the Family
Janet Parshall's America
KKMS Radio, The Twin Cities
Luis Palau's Reaching Your World
United Christian Broadcasters Ltd. – Great Britain
Mission America - Annual Report
On Mission Magazine – Cover Story
Plugged In Magazine
Today's Christian Woman
World Wide Challenge – Cover Story
|The Day I Met God
||by Jim & Karen Covell
and Victorya Michaels Rogers
|How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out
||by Jim & Karen Covell
and Victorya Michaels Rogers
|Behind The Screen: Hollywood Insiders
on Faith, Film, and Culture
|Evangelism Guidebook: Advice From
Today’s Evangelism Experts
|Made To Count
||by Bob Reccord , Randy Singer
|Women, Faith and Work
||by Lois Flowers
|Match Made in Heaven
||by Susan Wales