Passion is key to achieving King’s dream, students told

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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00 am

Timothy Christian believes professional success is about more than money and possessions. For him, professional success is about pursuing a passion.

Christian is the founder of an independent entertainment company called Night Fox Entertainment that helps raise capital to produce Hollywood movies and television shows. He returned to his Omaha alma mater, Creighton Prep, on Monday to urge students to pursue their professional passions and to talk about his work in the entertainment industry.

The speech was for the school’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King assembly, held a week early because Prep has Martin Luther King Jr. Day off.

“(Passion) is what continues to keep the dream alive today,” Christian said, referring to King’s famous “I Have a Dream” address.

Christian was born in Omaha, graduated from Prep in 1999 and attended Penn State to study economics and finance.

During college, he found his passion in the entertainment industry by interning at various record labels. In 2009, he decided to mix his entertainment and business backgrounds and started Omaha-based consulting company OmniMedia Worldwide Ventures, which raised more than $250 million for technology, entertainment and media firms. OmniMedia today serves as a holding company.

In April, Christian launched Night Fox Entertainment. Night Fox is based in Omaha and employs two people, including Christian, at its headquarters inside the First National Bank of Omaha building near 168th Street and West Maple Road. The company also has an office that employs three people in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Night Fox has raised $50 million so far and expects its first funded movie to start production later this year. Christian said that for now his company’s role in movie making is to help finance projects that are nearly funded but need help filling in the final gap.

“We are still obviously raising additional money and looking at projects to finance,” Christian said. “Some are on the burner now and in the process of developing.”

Entertainment companies like Christian’s are uncommon in Nebraska, but he said a major reason he wanted to run Night Fox from his home state is because he believes there are Midwesterners who want to contribute to the industry but don’t have easy access. Currently, all of his investors are from the West Coast.

“People in our circle and some of our investors found there’s value in investing in a Nebraska company,” he said.

Prep Assistant Principal Glenn Mitchell said school officials invited Christian to be the keynote speaker because they felt his career path and life experiences would be of interest to many of their students.

“He’s a very dynamic individual in terms of what he does and the connections he’s built,” he said. “You don’t find someone like that very often from (Omaha).”

Christian reminded Prep students that they can start today continuing King’s dream, one “that says you can accomplish everything.”

“Please understand we all play a part in furthering the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King,” he said.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1192, emily.nohr@owh.com

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