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Family Films on Increase and are the Profit-Makers in Hollywood

The 17th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Reveal the Trend

Contact: Michelle Delgado, 714-319-1552, Michelle@Zeal.com

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- Since the inception of the MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Dr. Ted Baehr's Annual Report, the number of family movies has more than doubled and the number of movies with positive moral content has nearly quadrupled by 388 percent. "The surprising thing is, MOVIEGUIDE®'s top picks turn out to be among the most profitable films Hollywood produced during the year," Dr. Baehr notes.

With top actors and actresses as emcees, and a music and entertainment extravaganza, the 17th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the heart of Hollywood, Calif.

More than 400 studio executives, celebrities, producers, filmmakers, television artists, faith-based leaders, opinion leaders and their guests will attend. Nearly 100 representatives from national and international news media will also attend the Gala.

Within the context of this spectacular Hollywood awards evening, Dr. Ted Baehr will present MOVIEGUIDE®'s Report to the Entertainment Industry. Through careful analysis of box office figures and using MOVIEGUIDE® criteria on all the major movies released in 2008 (nearly 300 a year) by the six studios and major independents dominating the industry, Dr. Baehr will give valuable and unique information to the highest-level Hollywood leaders through a high-impact, multimedia presentation.

Besides the Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Report to the Entertainment Industry, the Gala now features the prestigious $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. The Epiphany and Kairos Prizes are given to the best movie, television program and scripts that "greatly increase man's love and/or understanding of God."

Also on tap at the Gala are the Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values, and the Grace Awards for Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV, as well as Crystal Teddy Awards for the Ten Best Movies for Families and 10 Best Movies for Mature Audiences.

The prizes and awards seek to acknowledge those movies, TV programs and actors truly deserving of praise, and those persons responsible for bringing them to the screen.

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 dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and informing the public about the influence of the entertainment media. It's Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, which has led in recent years to a great increase in family movies and movies with positive moral references, will be celebrating its 17th year on Feb. 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills at a celebrity-profuse, televised awards show.