March 22, 2004
Church and State and act now, it's also a Production Company and a Pentagon!

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The job posting for Department of Homeland Security Entertainment Liaison may not make sense unless you've been following DHS: The Series (check out the trailer). Under the weight of the collapsing boundaries between entertainment and the defense industries (America's dominant exports) comes DHS: The Series --

"... a one hour drama about an Executive Action Group or EAG within the Department of Homeland Security. Behind the politics, the press and the debate over how homeland security should be handled are the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep us safe."

Behind the politics and press and debate, like white is behind rice. Because front and center is the fact that it's Steeple Distributions behind it, led by Joseph Medawar, an evangelical Christian. It's true, he produced Hardbodies 2 in 1986, but more recently went on the record with this comment on Bush, dismissing any political agenda for the show: "I think he's a great man, and he's done an unbelievable job for our country. He's a man of faith. He believes in God."

Bush evidently gives it full sign-off, since evidently executive branch sign-off is now available for mass media. I'm not sure if it has the Pope's endorsement yet, since it overtly engages a Christian agenda, but perhaps Mel Gibson can provide advice, or cash, or leftover props.

As proof of concept, regarding the together-ness of Steeple Distributions (Steeple, get it?), here's the PDF on their site watermarked "CONFIDENTIAL," outlining investment and business strategies. Want more information? Enter your name in the mailing list on the "contact Steeple" page -- it puts you right in touch with you and the American Fire Retardant Company. From that same Steeple page, you can use Steeple's American Fire Retardant Company's gift reminder service.

These are the times you wish that Mark Lombardi was around, to provide the punchlines, if not the laughter. And these are the times I'm grateful to the googlish Zhan Li (mentioned here) for the dhs.tv tip.

Posted by kevin slavin at March 22, 2004 12:50 AM
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and dont forget that the executive producer of the show, Matthew Crouch is the creator of The Omega Code movie and the son of the founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network - the Evangelical network which is the largest group of tv stations in the world.

(googlish?) zhan

Posted by: zhan on March 23, 2004 06:20 PM

googlesque, I meant googlesque

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on March 23, 2004 07:17 PM

You have to give the boys at Steeple props. They had finished filming the first several episodes of the series by August of '04, several months before the election in November.

Had John Kerry won the election, what good would Bush's endorsement be?

From what I can tell, the show is not exactly pumping religious messages down our throats. God forbid people of faith do anything in Hollywood nowadays! ;\

Posted by: Brandon on July 2, 2005 04:53 PM
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