Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke

Filmmaker & Consultant

If you have a powerful message or story that could influence the world, Phil Cooke – media producer, leadership consultant, and author – will teach you what you need to know about creativity, communication, Hollywood, media, culture, and the faith to make it happen.

He’s produced TV and film programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and in the process, been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Media Group in Burbank, California – he’s helped some of the largest Christian and nonprofit organizations in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.

Phil executive produced “Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong Movie” released to theaters nationwide, and produced “The Insanity of God” a feature documentary that premiered nationally as a Fathom Event. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

His book “Jolt!: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” shares his secrets of making today’s culture of disruption and change work for you. “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” helps you find the great purpose and calling for your life – and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Top Five Business Books for 2012. His book “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media” is changing the way churches, ministries, and nonprofits engage today’s culture with their story.

His book co-written with Jonathan Bock is “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Win it Back.” It takes a hard look at why today—particularly in the media—Christians are dismissed as irrelevant. Cooke and Bock show the Christian community how we can once again astonish our critics, and in doing so, completely transform the world for good.

Phil’s most recent project is “Unique: The Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals.” In a time when most creative professionals are working with online productivity tools and apps for team communication, the Unique Creative Planner is a powerful print notebook that brings today’s priorities, tasks, and events together so your creative thinking can be released.

He has lectured at universities like Yale, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and many more. In addition to writing his blog at, he’s contributed to The Huffington Post, Fast Company,,, and

Phil is on the Advisory Board for The Salvation Army, a Board Member of Image Journal and The Hollywood Prayer Network and has been a long time member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The Producers Guild of America in Hollywood.

His philosophy? Get your ideas out there, and change the world in the process.

Sessions By Phil Cooke

Becoming a Creative Leader in 2019: 10 Critical Skills You Must Master to Lead Creative People

Creativity is the currency of this generation and yet few leaders are equipped to inspire and lead creative people. There is plenty of information available about leadership, but very little on leading creative teams. In this insightful keynote session, Phil Cooke will reveal how to make the leap from filmmaker, writer, designer, or other creative role to become a leader of other creatives. You’ll walk away with 10 critical skills that will help you foster a culture that will attract and inspire creative men and women to accomplish amazing things. 
9:00 AM – Student Auditorium

Making Your Dream Their Dream:  The Secrets to Pitching your Ideas and Projects

Creating brilliant ideas won’t help your career if you can’t excite your boss, investors, donors, or your team. What does it take to make other people as passionate about your ideas and projects as you are? That’s exactly what we’ll discover in this fascinating workshop with writer and producer Phil Cooke. Stop being held back. Now you can learn the art and skill of releasing your vision to the world. 
2:30 PM – Room 17

Church Filmcraft Festival Viewing Session

Join us as we screen and discuss actual projects from leading church film teams. Categories will include promos, event recaps (mission trips, baptisms, etc.), testimonial/life-change videos, concept videos. Church filmmakers and video production team members are invited to submit entries. 4:45 PM – Student Auditorium