Animal Planet Picks Up Movieguide® Award Winning TV Program ‘Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye’



March 19, 2009: Animal Planet, one of the most popular networks on Cable TV, has decided to pick up episodes of the Movieguide® Award winning TV series “Sue Thomas:  F.B.Eye,” with the possibility of making new episodes.

Inspired by a true story, the show stars Deanne Bray as Sue Thomas, a young deaf woman who, along with her hearing dog, Levi, works with the FBI, which uses Sue’s unique lip-reading ability on one of its surveillance teams.

The show used to air on PAX-TV, where it won a $50,000 Faith & Freedom Prize for Promoting Positive American Values in 2006 at the 14th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, sponsored by the Ware Foundation.

Deanne Bray also won a Grace Award that year at the Gala for her performance in the series.

“This is a call to action for ‘Sue Thomas’ fans,” co-creator Gary Johnson said.

“It’s a chance to enjoy your favorite ‘Sue Thomas’ episodes. And, if the show does well, Animal Planet is interested in making new episodes. So, we’d encourage fans to let them know you’re out there by telling them how much you enjoy the show.

Animal Planet has scheduled the show for a two-hour opener on April 6 at 8-10 pm Eastern Time and Pacific Time and 7-9 pm Central and Mountain Time.

Thereafter, the show will air at its regular time on Mondays at 9 pm Eastern and Pacific and 8 pm Central and Mountain.

Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org) and its sister organization, the Christian Film & Television Commission®, are a non-profit dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

Call 1-800-899-6684 for more information or to subscribe to the Movieguide® print edition.

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Christian Media Group Protests Rating for ‘Watchmen’ Movie



March 5, 2009: Los Angeles, Calif. – The Christian Film & Television Commission®, an advocacy group in Hollywood, has filed a complaint with the Motion Picture Association of America about the R rating for the movie ‘Watchmen,’ which opens tomorrow.

“This movie contains extreme violence, nudity, and sex, including rape” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman and spokesmen of the Commission. “Throughout most of the whole picture, one male character walks around completely naked, with his private parts waving in the breeze.

“This kind of content used to be rated X or NC-17,” Dr. Baehr added. “The motion picture industry keeps changing its standards. No wonder the MPAA’s rating system confuses parents.”

Dr. Baehr said, “The MPAA office told us that it would bring our concerns about this movie and its rating to their board. Whatever they decide, we appreciate the board taking another look at this issue. Even so, the movie industry needs to clean up its act and stop inserting graphic violence, sex, nudity, and drug use into its movies.

“After all, would ‘Casablanca’ become an even better work of art if the script contained a bunch of “f” words, or if Ingrid Bergman appeared completely nude? Definitely not!”

The Christian Film & Television Commission® and its publication, Movieguide®, are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.com or call 1-800-577-6684.

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Ted Baehr Urges Americans and Charities To Protest Unconstitutional New Tax Increases on Big Donors



March 31, 2009: Los Angeles, Calif. – Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Good News Communications and the Christian Film & Television Commission®, two non-profit religious groups, urged every American and every charity leader today to protest a new federal law that would increase taxes on the biggest donors to America’s 1.5 million charities.

“This is an corrupt, unconstitutional law that must not stand!” declared Dr. Baehr, who has a law degree from New York University. “American charities depend on large donations from the middle class and the wealthy, the very people whom this new law targets.

Dr. Baehr said the law would affect all non-profit organizations, not just religious ones.

“President Barack Obama’s defense of this law at a press conference recently was terribly wrong, if not deceptive,” he added.

Dr. Baehr urged citizens to write their elected officials and demand that the new tax law be rescinded.

“What will happen to the federal government’s massive budget deficits if another massive hurricane strikes the United States, and organizations like the Red Cross will not be able to help as much as they did with Hurricane Katrina?” Dr. Baehr asked.

“This cruel, intolerant, bigoted law is an attack not just on American taxpayers and charities like the Red Cross. It’s also an attack on Christian and Jewish charities and non-profit groups.”

Baehr said one of his donors wrote to him complaining about the new law:

Dear Ted:

Enclosed is a check. . . .

Have you seen the proposed tax changes of the President? If allowed to become law, these changes, I understand, would mean that my contributions to Christian Film & Television Commission® would not be treated as deductions from my taxable income.

We may need [to go] beyond party lines to block [this] agenda. I do not want to see your group, Ted, nor many others like it, die at the hands of socialized wealth redistribution.

Hope all is well with you and your family.

Good News Communications, dba The Christian Film & Television Commission® and Movieguide®, is dedicated to protecting children and families by redeeming the values of the mass media according to biblical principles. It is a non-profit ministry registered with the IRS.

Please visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-800-899-6684 for more information.

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Spiritually Uplifting Movies and TV: Award-Winning Producers and Writers Give Tips on Breaking into Hollywood with Inspiring Spiritual Stories



June 4, 2009: Santa Fe, New Mexico – A panel of four award-winning producers and writers, led by family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®, gave some cogent advice to attendees of the 11th Annual Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe this weekend about how to write, produce, distribute, and market spiritually uplifting, redemptive movies and television.

Now in its 24th year, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org) is The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.

All but one of the producers and writers on the panel have been past winners of the Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic organization, which are presented at the Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, which just celebrated its 17th annual event in February in Los Angeles, Calif.

The producers and writers included Judith Tukich, former Vice President of Special Programming at ABC-TV (“The Miracle Worker”); Joan Considine Johnson, writer for TV’s “Doc” and “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye”; Michael Landon, Jr., writer, producer and director of such movies as “Love Comes Softly,” “Saving Sarah Cain,” “Love’s Abiding Joy,” and “The Velveteen Rabbit”; and, Joel T. Smith, writer, producer and distributor behind such works as TV’s NOVA, the TV movie MERLIN, the TV series TARZAN, the upcoming PARADISE BOUND and THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS, and producer and script supervisor for eight TV movies for ABC Family Channel, the Lifetime Network and the Sci-Fi Channel.

The John Templeton Foundation recently increased the prize money for the two Epiphanies from $50,000 to $100,000, which are given to the best movie and television program that resulted in “a great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”

Although all the panelists agreed that the industry has gotten tougher because of the poor economy, Dr. Baehr summarized everyone’s feelings, saying, “The good news is that a lot of people do break through. There are people out there doing new things.”

He pointed to the church that made FIREPROOF, the most successful independent movie in 2008 that won this year’s $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie.

He added, “Don’t let the problems overwhelm you. Know about the solutions to the problems. Understand the rules of the industry.”

“It’s a tough business, really tough,” noted Landon, who said he started screenwriting to get into the industry because screenwriters often get to direct.

“The strongest market is the family market,” Smith pointed out, adding, “The independent film market is very bad right now. There are thousands of pictures out there looking for a home.”

Tukich agreed with him about focusing on the large family market, asking, “Why limit your audience?”

Johnson agreed that there’s a big opportunity out there now for family-friendly, spiritually uplifting programming, but added, “People have good intentions and good hearts but that’s not enough. It still has to have a quality story.”

“You have to know storytelling,” Dr. Baehr agreed.

He advised filmmakers and television artists to put jeopardy into their inspirational stories and make sure that the dialogue drives the plot rather than just have the dialogue state the obvious.

Dr. Baehr defined spiritually uplifting, redemptive, inspiring stories as stories that redeem the bad from the good, that ask, “Can I get a second chance at life?” They also involve characters that are willing to give up their life for someone else. The Epiphany Prizes are also given to those movies and television programs that result in “a great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also encourages informed, open-minded dialogue between scientists and theologians as they apply themselves to the most profound issues in their particular disciplines. Finally, it seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.

Movieguide® is a publication of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry. It is an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.

For more information, visit www.epiphanyprizes.com/frontpage (http://www.epiphanyprizes.com) or www.movieguide.org (http://www.movieguide.org), write to contact@epiphanyprizes.com, or call 1-888-248-6689.

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Box Office Truth: Christian Media Leader Ted Baehr Tells Screenwriters that Moviegoers Prefer Movies with Faith and Values



June 4, 2009: Santa Fe, New Mexico – Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®, the family guide to movies and entertainment (www.movieguide.org), encouraged screenwriters at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. this weekend that family movies with faith and values do best at the box office but adult movies with graphic sex, violence and nudity make much less money.

“People want good to triumph over evil,” he noted, showing them detailed charts on what kind of movies earned the most money at the box office. “They want to be inspired.”

For example, he showed them that movies with inspiring Christian content and values did thousands of times better than the average movie that explicitly attacked those values.

Dr. Baehr also gave the screenwriters some tips on writing their scripts.

He told them that faith and values should be build into the “fabric” of their scripts, not tacked on as an afterthought.

“Story is everything in movies,” Dr. Baehr added. “Character is more important in television. Movies are plot driven. Everything has to revolve around story. Use dialogue to build conflict. Do not manipulate your characters. Have the humility to work at your craft.”

Dr. Baehr said screenwriters have a responsibility to their audience.

“People respond to what they’re watching,” he said. “The smarter your child is, the more likely they will pick up media violence. You don’t want to give them the impression that the bad guy gets away with violence. Little children will get their fears from the media. We have a responsibility to care about our children.”

Every year, Movieguide® hands out the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV and the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, at the Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Box Office Report to the Entertainment Industry

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and publisher of Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org), CFTVC’s family guide to movies and entertainment. CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

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International Treasure! Moviegoers Overseas Favor Clean Movies with Strong Christian, Moral and Redemptive Content, New Three-Year Study Shows



June 12, 2009:  Los Angeles, Calif. – Family advocate and Christian media scholar Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, announced today that a new three-year study of the Top 25 movies released in 2006-2008 earning the most money overseas shows that international moviegoers prefer movies with strong or very strong Christian, moral and/or redemptive content and values.

“This study is significant because it matches our annual study of the Top 25 Movies at the Box Office in America and Canada and the top home video sales annually,” Dr. Baehr asserted, “and because Hollywood now makes more money overseas than it does in the United States.”

The Movieguide® study found that 20 of the Top 25 Movies Overseas in 2006-2008, or 80%, contained strong or very strong Christian, moral, redemptive, and even biblical content, earning $8.39 billion out of $10.59 billion total, or 79.2% of the money among the Top 25.

“That’s an average of $419.5 million per movie!” Dr. Baehr exclaimed.

For just a couple of the best examples, Dr. Baehr cited SPIDER-MAN 3 and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, both of which actually made it into the Top 10 Movies Overseas in 2006-2008.

“SPIDER-MAN 3 has a very strong Christian worldview with very strong redemptive themes, where the hero goes in repentance to the foot of the Cross to shed his sins,” Dr. Baehr explained. “The new INDIANA JONES movie shows the hero rejecting the evil tyranny and mind control of Communism and ends with a brief church wedding scene that quotes the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 19 and Verse 24 of Chapter Two of the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament!”

Dr. Baehr added, “None of the Top 25 Movies Overseas in 2006 to 2008 were R-rated, but nine of them were rated G or PG. Also, only three of the Top 25 had more than 25 obscenities and profanities, only three had any depicted sexual content, only two had any sexual nudity in them, only four had any very strong action violence, only five (20%) had any drug references, and only 10, or 40%, had any scenes of drunkenness or alcohol abuse.

“Moviegoers clearly prefer clean movies with strong Christian, moral, biblical, and redemptive content,” he said. “They want good to triumph over evil and justice to prevail. They want to be inspired.”

The following chart lists the kind and percent of moral, theological and political content Movieguide® found in these Top 25 Movies:

Top 25 Movies at the Overseas Box Office, 2006-2008

Content

Percent

Strong/Very Strong Christian, Moral and/or Redemptive Content

80%

Strong/Very Strong Pagan or Mixed Content

36%

Strong/Very Strong Capitalist, Pro-American and/or Patriotic Content

32%

Strong/Very Strong Anti-Christian or Anti-Biblical Content

12%

Strong/Very Strong Occult Content

12%

Strong/Very Strong False Religious Content

12%

Strong/Very Strong Political Correct Content and/or Revisionist History

12%

Strong/Very Strong Romantic/Liberal Philosophies

8%

Strong/Very Strong Pro-Environmentalist Content

8%

Strong/Very Strong Homosexual Content

4%

Strong/Very Strong Feminist Content

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Strong/Very Strong Unrebuked Anti-Capitalist or Anti-American Content

4%

Strong/Very Strong Pro-Atheist Content

0%

Strong/Very Strong Unrebuked Communist Content

0%

Strong/Very Strong Unrebuked Socialiost Content

0%

Besides SPIDER-MAN 3 and the INDIANA JONES movie, the study also included such top movie releases in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as THE DARK KNIGHT, I AM LEGEND (which had a very strong overtly Christian worldview), WALL-E (which had a very strong redemptive Christian worldview focusing on a heroic example of the Christian definition of love), ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, PRINCE CASPIAN (based on a Christian novel written for children and teenagers), IRON MAN, TRANSFORMERS, and the last two PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies (both of which contained overt Christian references at the center of am ultimately redemptive plot).

A Movieguide® study of the Top 25 movies overseas in 2005, 2006 and 2007 showed very similar results to the new three-year study, Dr. Baehr noted.

Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry and Good News Communications, Inc., which publishes Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). The organization is an international non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

Every year around Oscar® time, at the Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala, Dr. Baehr presents his Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, which shows what kind of content in movies and home videos earns the most money and what kind of content earns the least money.

For more information, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.

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