About Us

The History of Challenger Films and The Real Winning Edge

Dr. Diane Preston-Reilly
Challenging TV media for our youth’s
sake nationally and internationally

Challenger Films was created to bring to national television the kind of programming that would influence young people's values and behavior in a positive way. The motivation stemmed from the founder, Diane Preston-Reilly's doctoral work on how television and film affect social and moral values. She discovered in this research that television is a cultural shaper. Youth look to these media icons for answers to how they deal with life issues and television programmers' "icons" are too often delivering the wrong answers.

One conclusion is the best single prediction of violent youth is the number of violent programs they view. Thus, the mission of Challenger films founded in 1980 as an Atlanta-based, independent television production company, is to produce wholesome programming for our nation's youth by profiling positive real-life role models.

The Real Winning Edge (TRWE) series was created to fulfill this need. The format is to feature three young achievers introduced by a celebrity in their field of talent. All are selected because they have different displayable talents – they represent all ethnic groups from all across America, and have different adversities they’ve overcome through right choices.

TRWE - went through years of testing in local markets before being accepted in 2008 by FOX-owned stations and was put into national syndication at the same time, to reach 160 markets across the U.S. It has just finished its 7th year in a row in many of these markets. We now believe that TRWE is reaching is largest market ever through its YouTube channel, as YouTube is carried worldwide. Additionally, it is airing on the American Armed forces network which reaches bases in 177 different countries worldwide – including our embassies and ships at sea!

Our team

Darla Payne, Administrative Assistant joins Challenger with 20-plus years’ experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Mary Daneman, Chief Editor oversees contributing freelance editors. Mary has been in the business for 20 years working in Atlanta and surrounding area.

Laurie Christov, Script writer
Laura Breitenbeck, Transcription
Mike Stoudt, Voiceover

Camera Crews are always hired locally for both candidate and celebrity shoots.

Where can you find us?

The Real Winning Edge on YouTube

The American Sports Network

The American Armed Forces Network

Airing Nationwide on JUCE TV

On FOX and other network digital channels (check channel listing in your area for days and times)