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Matthew Crouch

Producer, One Night With the King, and other films, including: The Omega Code, Megiddo, and The Champion

Chairman of the Board, Chief

Executive Officer Gener8Xion Entertainment


Matthew Crouch: Action, Adventure, and 'One Night with the King'

By The 700 Club


One Night With The King is an adaptation of the Old Testament story of Esther that follows a young Jewish orphan who against all odds becomes Queen of Persia and saves the Jewish race from destruction. The movie, produced by Matthew Crouch, Stephan Blinn and Richard J. Cook from a screenplay written by Blinn, opened strong, ranking ninth in the box office nationwide for the October 13th weekend (Rentrak data). The dramatic statement here is that One Night with the King opened in only 900 locations verses the 2300 locations where other top-grossing movies played.

The movie is based on the best-selling novel, Hadassah: One Night With The King by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen. It stars silver screen legends Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif, along with the John Rhys-Davies, Luke Goss, John Noble, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, James Callis, Jonah Lotan and Hollywood newcomer Tiffany Dupont.

The great allure of the story of Esther is that it is one of rich complexity, working on multiple levels—heart-wrenching love story, grand adventure and ultimately a lone girl against an empire in a plot that plays out like it was dreamt up in Hollywood. But beneath all this is a genuine exploration of hatred, racism, revenge, courage and redemption. For the reality is that before there was Hitler, there was Haman the Agagite who very nearly brought about a total Jewish holocaust 2,500 years ago. And before there were Schindler and so many other Jewish and non-Jewish heroes celebrated in modern films, there was a little Jewish orphan who saved her people from destruction. It is an epic story that can be boiled down to one simple theme…If this orphan, minority girl, a foreigner, could change her world, there’s hope for all of us.


Producer, Matt Crouch isn’t new to the media scene. He is the son of Paul and Jan Crouch, who started Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973. Matt served as the Vice President of TBN, the largest group owner of television stations in the world, where for 15 years he oversaw all aspects of production for both the film and television divisions. He and his wife Laurie are frequent hosts on various programs that air weekly throughout the world on TBN.
Crouch also has production experience. He is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gener8Xion Entertainment, the Hollywood based independent film and television production company, which produced the 1999 film, The Omega Code, which was the number one independently produced and distributed film of its distribution year. Mr. Crouch also produced other theatrically released films such as, Megiddo, the sequel to The Omega Code and the film The Champion.

One Night with the KingCrouch’s grassroots innovations in rallying together a faith-based demographic that Hollywood had traditionally ignored proved to be so successful that his model eventually went on to become the foundation from which Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ would build its record-breaking performance. Yet in catering to a faith-based demographic, the Christian-themed films were becoming increasingly narrow and niche oriented in nature. What truly stirred Crouch and company was the desire to create films that could still satisfy the hunger of the audience The Omega Code had uncovered, yet at the same time, rather than alienating those of other faiths and beliefs, reach out to the broader mainstream with stories that could unite as well as inspire.

Read the movie review on CBN Entertainment

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