About Holywood Studios
|Holywood Studios was founded in 1984 by Dr. Clifford E.
Turner. Ahead of its time, Holywood Studios was birthed from a
vision that God gave Apostle Turner of the "L" in Hollywood
falling off of the famous Hollywood sign and leaving the word--HOLYWOOD.
Having had an interest in filmmaking since childhood, and
understanding the power of media, Dr. Turner decided to use
drama to minister to his congregation and his television
audience through various Holywood Studios productions.
It wasn't long before Gospel Theatre was birthed, termed a
Christian Saturday night live, that aired on Saturday nights in
Chicago on TV 38. Gospel Theatre, way ahead of its time,
depicted the realities, struggles, ironies, and lessons learned
in both secular and Christian life. Gospel theatre sketches
covered a wide variety of topics including promiscuity, church
culture, hypocrisy, and peer pressure. Gospel Theatre took
Chicago by storm and was one the highest rated program on TV 38.
Those drama presentations, now entitled Gospel Theater Classics,
have been digitized and remastered and continue to minister to
The most acclaimed Holywood Studios production began in 1990, a
drama series entitled, The Awakening. The Awakening started as
a mere two-part skit for television. The series followed the
perils of a young inner city teenager, Marquita Perry, and her
struggles with premarital sex, drugs, peer pressure, and gang
violence. This real life presentation was well received and took
the viewing audience by storm. Calls and letters poured in by
viewers asking for more. Dr. Turner obliged and the show ran
seven seasons with over 150 episodes! The Awakening became the
longest running Christian mini-series ever produced. During its
sophomore season, The Awakening drew more viewers than the
Arsenio Hall Show that aired during the same primetime slot in
Chicago on Saturday nights. Not only was the show a ratings
sweeper, The Awakening also won the 1991 Emmy Award for
Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs for a Series.
The Awakening also received four Angel Awards for Best Religious
Series and Best Producer. An estimated 100 million people have
seen and experienced the Awakening in the US and abroad. The
Awakening viewing audiences spanned from New York to Los Angeles
and even Japan, and Israel.
Now, over 20 years later, Holywood Studios still has the same
mission: to produce wholesome, relevant, and timely productions
that will teach, minister and influence the viewer positively.
Holywood studios has a library of hundreds of productions that
cover a wide range of topics. The messages that are depicted in
all of the Holywood Studio productions are timeless, and will
always minister to a broad range of cultures, religions, classes
and nationalities. Holywood studios is Real Life on Reel.