Good News Communications Inc / MOVIEGUIDE®

The information on this page was last updated 5/31/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Summary

During Dr. Baehr's time in academia, he and a group of 60 academics compiled a list of 150 different criteria that cover the dramatic elements, the literary, the worldview, and the theological and much more. Using this same system, MOVIEGUIDE® reviews movies and television programs from a Christian perspective and determines how movies affect children at different stages of cognitive development.

MOVIEGUIDE® also meets with major movie studios and executives in Hollywood and advise them on how they can make their movies more family and Christian friendly. MOVIEGUIDE® compiles an Annual Report that clearly shows that movies with more Christian content do better at the box office. Furthermore, MOVIEGUIDE® trains future filmmakers through our script writing classes led Dr. Ted Baehr and guest speakers.

MOVIEGUIDE® interviews with top filmmakers and actors to hear about different faith themes in major Hollywood projects too. Some popular names include: Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg and others.

During the Hollywood award season, MOVIEGUIDE® holds its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report where filmmakers and industry personnel gather to celebrate a year's worth of uplifting titles and receive our prestigious "Teddy Bear" award.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Good News Communications Inc
4073 Mission Oaks Blvd
Camarillo, CA 93012

Website: movieguide.org

Phone: 805-383-2000

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 132965038

CEO/President: Theodore Baehr

Chairman: Theodore Baehr

Board size: 17

Founder: Ted and Lili Baehr

Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose


Mission statement

MOVIEGUIDE®'s mission is to redeem the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating993 of 110439 of 47
Fund acquisition rating885 of 110536 of 47
Resource allocation rating1051 of 110546 of 47
Asset utilization rating635 of 110426 of 47

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%14%21%12%17%35%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%11%19%11%9%14%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%82%90%89%52%40%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%11%22%16%9%12%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%18%10%11%48%60%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%67%46%38%64%68%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%106%87%70%105%113%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
74%71%40%27%67%76%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%-6%13%30%-5%-13%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%-5%8%21%-4%-9%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%23%32%46%28%20%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.730.760.500.470.690.77
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.481.801.771.902.092.16
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.401.370.880.891.441.67
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.4713.9015.2515.816.876.77
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.070.070.060.150.15
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.498.1112.7212.657.136.14
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%4%4%3%12%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
120%126%193%207%128%121%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20232022202120202019
Cash$1,998,766$2,021,820$1,768,099$1,455,874$1,381,050
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$29,549$134,398$77,033$9,209$3,067
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,028,315$2,156,218$1,845,132$1,465,083$1,384,117
Long-term investments$143,050$142,042$136,676$33,989$0
Fixed assets$1,475,154$1,512,625$1,531,090$1,566,556$1,605,691
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,618,204$1,654,667$1,667,766$1,600,545$1,605,691
Total assets$3,646,519$3,810,885$3,512,898$3,065,628$2,989,808
 
Liabilities20232022202120202019
Payables and accrued expenses$100,889$77,932$54,497$57,888$50,449
Other current liabilities$44,985$63,428$62,199$155,454$153,889
Total current liabilities$145,874$141,360$116,696$213,342$204,338
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$1,081$165,615$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$1,081$165,615$0
Total liabilities$145,874$141,360$117,777$378,957$204,338
 
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$3,500,645$3,669,525$3,395,121$2,686,671$2,785,470
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,500,645$3,669,525$3,395,121$2,686,671$2,785,470
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20232022202120202019
Total contributions$2,155,101$1,972,274$2,089,871$1,051,606$815,984
Program service revenue$457,214$210,867$248,150$953,326$1,228,643
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,554$407$1,120$1,833($9)
Other revenue$334$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$460,102$211,274$249,270$955,159$1,228,634
Total revenue$2,615,203$2,183,548$2,339,141$2,006,765$2,044,618
 
Expenses20232022202120202019
Program services$1,861,209$872,957$629,101$1,343,583$1,559,214
Management and general$626,776$607,916$749,898$581,787$463,755
Fundraising$296,496$420,367$260,722$180,194$283,820
Total expenses$2,784,481$1,901,240$1,639,721$2,105,564$2,306,789
 
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($169,278)$282,308$699,420($98,799)($262,171)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($169,278)$282,308$699,420($98,799)($262,171)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Theodore BaehrChairman/Co-CEO$108,348
Robert BaehrPresident/Co-CEO$108,100
Jeremy CarrollBoard Member$64,775
Evelyn CarrollSecretary/Treasurer/VP$45,000
Taylor BaehrBoard Member$42,000

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2023


Response from ministry

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History

In 1985, Dr. Ted Baehr and his wife, Lili Baehr, founded MOVIEGUIDE® in Altanta, Georgia, in hopes to cultivate a better media landscape for their children and future generations.

MOVIEGUIDE® started as a radio program, then a TV program and finally as a bi-weekly magazine. Even though the struggles in the beginning seemed insurmountable, God blessed the ministry with success.

In the 1990s, MOVIEGUIDE® relocated its headquarters to the greater Los Angeles region, to be closer to all the Hollywood action. To date, MOVIEGUIDE® now has TV and radio shows that are broadcasted in over 200 countries and a website filled with resources including movie reviews and articles.


Program accomplishments

Dr. Ted Baehr speaks all around the world, from European Parliament to conferences, to many renowned colleges like Yale, Dartmouth and U.C.L.A. He has also been a featured guest on Oprah, Hannity, CNN, ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Entertainment Tonight.


Needs

MOVIEGUIDE® is making a difference in the Hollywood but cannot do so without the support of amazing donors. Contributions make MOVIEGUIDE®'s visions a reality and allow us to positively influence culture. By supporting MOVIEGUIDE®, culture is being influenced and the message of Christ is being shared with the masses.