MOVIEGUIDE® was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr in Atlanta, GA. We started as a radio program, then a TV program and finally as a bi-weekly magazine. Even though the struggles of the ministry in the beginning seemed insurmountable in the beginning, we now have TV and radio shows that are broadcasted in over 200 countries and a website filled with resources including movie reviews and articles.
Located just outside of Los Angeles CA., MOVIEGUIDE®’s mission is to redeem the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists. MOVIEGUIDE® reviews all movies from a Christian perspective and how movies affect children at different stages of cognitive development. We analyze movies using over 150 different criteria that cover the dramatic elements, the literary, the worldview, and the theological…and much more.
What God has Done
When the MOVIEGUIDE® Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala began in 1993 on February 10th, at the LA PRESS CLUB, Dr. Ted Baehr, the CHAIRMAN of The CHRISTIAN FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION™ and PUBLISHER of MOVIEGUIDE®, held a news conference to present figures showing that Hollywood’s small percentage of decent films is much more profitable than its R-rated fare. Major directors and producers attended the event, as did many Christian leaders, which honored 1992’s most uplifting films. Dr. Baehr also announced the annual “Teddy Baehr Family Friendly Awards” for the “Ten Best Motion Pictures of 1992” based on their value and content according to the CFTVC’s revised Motion Picture & Television Code.
When the MOVIEGUIDE® Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala began in 1993 on February 10th, at the LA PRESS CLUB, Dr. Ted Baehr, the CHAIRMAN of The CHRISTIAN FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION™ and PUBLISHER of MOVIEGUIDE®, held a news conference to present figures showing that Hollywood’s small percentage of decent films is much more profitable than its R-rated fare. Major directors and producers along with many Christian leaders attended the event which honored 1992’s most uplifting films. Dr. Baehr also announced the annual “Teddy Baehr Family Friendly Awards” for the “Ten Best Motion Pictures of 1992” based on their value and content according to the CFTVC’s revised Motion Picture & Television Code.
When we started, over 80% of the movies in the box office were rated R and now 34% of all movies are rated R. In 1985, only 6% of the movies were aimed at families; by 2008, almost 40% of the movies released in theaters were aimed at families. Along with less R rated movies there has been a great increase in Christian content in movies. This is done by informing and educating the public about the influence of the entertainment media and about how to train their families to become media-wise.
In 1994, the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry was an elegant luncheon with well renowned Hollywood guests, hosts and performers. At the Gala, our founder, Dr. Ted Baehr presented a statistical analysis based on MOVIEGUIDE® reviews. His analysis consistently shows studio executives and filmmakers that family-friendly content and even Christian-friendly content can significantly increase the profitability of their movies.
On March 13, 1996, at the Sierra Ballroom at the beautiful Universal City Towers Hilton Hotel in the heart of Hollywood, California stood two valiant knights on horseback, ready to usher in participants to the exciting event. This Spirit-filled evening function brought out celebrities, writers, directors, and producers to hear about the vast Christian audience in the United States of America and to accept their crystal Teddy Bear MOVIEGUIDE® awards, the Swiss America Awards or the Templeton Prizes from MOVIEGUIDE®’s own Dr. Ted Baehr.
From 1996 to the present, the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry has been a phenomenal, elegant dinner in the Hollywood area.
We also meet with major movie studios and executives in Hollywood and advise them on how they can make their movies more family and Christian friendly. We give them an Annual Report that clearly shows that movies with more christian content do better at the box office. Furthermore, we train future filmmakers through our script writing classes. We enable future filmmakers with the tools they need to make good uplifting films.
Since the first Gala in 1993, the number of movies with morally uplifting, biblical and/or positive Christian content has more than quadrupled and the number of R-rated movies in the Top 25 Movies at the Box Office has declined from about 12 per year to only two to four each year. All of MOVIEGUIDE®’s activities have led to a significant increase in the number of family-friendly and Christian-friendly movies over the past 30 years.
The magazine and Internet versions of MOVIEGUIDE® include news from the entertainment industry and interviews with top filmmakers and actors such as Robert Duvall, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg and many more. We have continued to grow, reaching and educating the general public through our print, online, radio and television shows.
Dr. Ted Baehr speaks all around the world, from European Parliament to conferences, to many renowned colleges like Yale, Dartmouth, and U.C.L.A. He has also been a featured guest on Oprah, Hannity, CNN, ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.
Where We’re Going
“He who controls the media controls the culture.” – Dr. Ted Baehr
We recently expanded into our new office building that is an exciting space. It is high tech but low cost, following an industrial look with concrete floors and exposed ducts. Large windows wrap the perimeter of the building granting much natural light to the open floor plan style. Open flex space, a collaboration pit and communal workspaces were designed to generate synergy between employees. Along with open space there is a large studio, screening room, classroom space and quiet spaces for individual work.
Our 24th Annual Awards Gala is February 5th, 2016. Our awards gala has become increasingly successful and our membership following on our website, radio/TV shows and social media continues to increase. We are excited about what God is doing through MOVIEGUIDE® and the furthering of His kingdom by redeeming the media.
God has blessed us with great success but the success we have achieved cannot continue without the support of donors. Donations will help transform the culture with biblical principles by making a profound impact on what movies are seen around the world. MOVIEGUIDE® encourages Hollywood professionals to make God-honoring faith and family movies.
We are making a difference but cannot do so without the support of our amazing donors. Contributions make MOVIEGUIDE®’s visions a reality and allow us to positively influence culture. By supporting MOVIEGUIDE®, culture is being influenced and the message of Christ is being shared with the masses.
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