About Us

The History of Challenger Films and The Real Winning Edge

Dr. Diane Preston-Reilly
Challenging TV media for our children’s
sake since 1980…

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 137 markets across the U.S. It is now enjoying the fifth year in a row of being asked back to these markets. 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

Vicki Hale, Diane’s Administrative Assistant, comes to Challenger Films after years of diverse work overseas, primarily with women and young people, with the Association of Vineyard churches. Her degree in Business Administration serves her well as she orchestrates all the details of shoots, communications and office management. She has a heart to see young people encouraged and raised up as leaders and overcomers.

Rob Stebenne has worked with youth for over 40 years as a teacher, counselor, talent manager, video producer, youth minister, and as a program development consultant for business and media. Ron is the communications director for The Real Winning Edge, a position that melts together his various skills and passion for helping youth.

Editor, Rob Berry is a 25 year veteran in media production. Working with Atlanta network stations affiliates in his early years, he produced free-lance productions for clients all over Atlanta and surrounding states and went on to form Berry Creative, Inc. He is now the head editor on “Challenger Film’s” The Real Winning Edge series and has been editing for most all TRWE profiles for the last 5 years.

Mary Daneman, Assistant Editor
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?

Now airing...

N.Y. - FOX 5, WNYW, 9 a.m. Sat.
L.A. FOX 11, KTTV,1:30 p.m. Sat.
Chicago - FOX 32, WFLD, 8:30 a.m. Sat.
Philadelphia - FOX 29, WTXF, 12 noon Sat.
Dallas - FOX 4/My27, KDFW/KDFI, Check local listings
Washington D.C. - FOX 5/My20, WTTG/WDCA, Check local listings
Houston - FOX 26, KRIV, 9:30 a.m. Sun.
Phoenix - FOX 10, KSAZ, 10:00 p.m. Sat.
Minneapolis - My29, WFTC, 8:30 a.m. Sat.
Orlando - FOX 35, WOFL, 7:30 a.m. Sat.

AND MANY MORE!

AIRING NATIONWIDE on Bounce TV
at 9:30 am Saturdays
Go to www.bouncetv.com for channel listings in your area (2014-15 series)

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