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Fraud in Hollywood?

Family Advocate Ted Baehr Challenges Some of Hollywood’s Box Office Figures

Hollywood, Calif. – The box office receipts of “Jackass 3D” and other Hollywood hits may be vastly inflated. So says Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment

Dr. Baehr said an independent producer of a small movie competing with “Jackass 3D” told Dr. Baehr recently that block ticket sales for his movie came back listed under tickets for the “Jackass” movie. The producer also said that

, in his home town, a theater showing his movie was filled with people but that the distributor he hired falsified the records and reported only 100 seats were sold.

“This is not an unusual story,” Dr. Baehr noted. “This is how the six major movie studios in Hollywood keep their market share – by cheating producers and other filmmakers.”

Dr. Baehr added, “Several of the activities these studios use are illegal, but nobody wants to challenge them, because they would be dead in Hollywood if they did. Also, neither lawyers nor politicians will take on the entertainment industry because they control the press as well as the cable and television stations.”

He encouraged filmmakers, especially new ones, to come to him and Movieguide®, www.movieguide.org, so they can avoid being defrauded by their distributor, theatrical booker, the six major studios, or the guilds running the entertainment industry.

Dr. Baehr is also chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) ministry as well as and publisher of the family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.com). 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.”

Dr. Baehr is also author of the book, SO YOU WANT TO BE IN PICTURES?, which details some of the ways filmmakers are cheated by Hollywood.

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