Hollywood, Calif. – For the second year in a row, the Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will celebrate America’s free enterprise system with the $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize for the best movie or television program promoting free enterprise.
The winner of the prize will be announced Friday, Feb. 7, at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize is supported by a grant from the Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation.
“We have some excellent nominees this year,” Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Faith & Values Awards, said. “There were so many, it was hard to decide who to include.”
The nominees for the $50,000 prize, and their distributor or network, include (in alphabetical order): THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (MGM/Warner Bros.), MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Pixar/Disney), TURBO (DreamWorks/20th Century Fox), CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY (Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions), the “Shoveling Snow” episode of LAST MAN STANDING (ABC-TV), REMEMBER SUNDAY (Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions), the “George & Kym Rapier” episode of SECRET MILLIONAIRE (ABC-TV), and Episode 4.20 of SHARK TANK (ABC-TV).
The $50,000 Friess Free Enterprise Prize is awarded to the one movie or television program that, through “fine craftsmanship and inspiring storytelling, encourages an appreciation of free markets, ownership, and stewasrdship.”
The Friess Family Foundation’s motivation for sponsoring the award is the belief that the free enterprise system is one of God’s greatest gifts to man. It has brought more people out of poverty than any other system, and provides incredible personal liberty in the process.
The Foundation also supports financial assistance after natural disasters, providing clean safe water, and a mobile medical van ministry for the under-served.
Author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). 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.”
At the Faith & Values Awards, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s 2013 Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive financial analysis of the movie business showing what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content, including religious and political content, moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.
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