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Comic Bill Engvall To Host 22nd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala Feb. 7

BillEngvall635x334Hollywood, Calif. – Blue Collar Comedy comic Bill Engvall, a platinum selling artist, will host the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards gala and report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

One of the top comedians in the country, Engvall has received a Grammy nomination. Most recently, he was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” where he was a fan favorite and made it to the finals.

Earlier this year, he lent his voice to the CMT animated comedy series “Bounty Hunters.”

Engvall has also starred in several Comedy Central solo specials, reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy (his “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” buddies) for “Them Idiots Whirled Tour,” which aired on CMT, and written several books, including his 2007 autobiography, “Bill Engvall – Just a Guy.”

His comedy albums include “Here’s Your Sign,” which held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks.

Engvall hails from Galveston, Texas. He resides in Southern California with his family.

A highlight of the Faith & Values Awards is the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which honors the best movie and best television program in 2013 that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

Another highlight will be the presentation of the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, which honor the three best scripts from beginning screenwriters that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”

Both the Epiphany and the Kairos Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.epiphanyprizes.com and www.kairosprize.com).

This year, with additional support from the Templeton Foundation, Movieguide® has added another screenwriting competition, the $50,000 Chronos Prizes for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers.

For the second year in a row, the 22nd Faith & Values Awards will hand out the $50,000 Friess Foundation Free Enterprise Prize for promoting free market principles in movies and television.

Another big award that evening will be the Grace Awards for Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV given the best performances by an actor or actress that best exemplifies “God’s grace toward us as human beings.”

Also, Crystal Teddy Bears will be given to the best family movies and the best movies for mature audiences of the year, where one winner also will be declared to take the top position in each field. Finally, special awards will be given to the winners of the two Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in Movies & TV.

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 moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.