Good News Communications Inc / MOVIEGUIDE®

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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


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:


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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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating989 of 102550 of 53
Fund acquisition rating795 of 102741 of 53
Resource allocation rating974 of 102749 of 53
Asset utilization rating854 of 102541 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$9,209$3,067$9,306$102,157$39,950
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,465,083$1,384,117$1,547,107$1,102,087$703,416
Long-term investments$33,989$0$27,655$22,096$1,132
Fixed assets$1,566,556$1,605,691$1,640,246$1,667,241$1,701,005
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$3,379
Total long-term assets$1,600,545$1,605,691$1,667,901$1,689,337$1,705,516
Total assets$3,065,628$2,989,808$3,215,008$2,791,424$2,408,932
Payables and accrued expenses$57,888$50,449$35,117$52,148$182,693
Other current liabilities$155,454$153,889$132,250$139,464$137,895
Total current liabilities$213,342$204,338$167,367$191,612$320,588
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$165,615$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$165,615$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$378,957$204,338$167,367$191,612$320,588
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,686,671$2,785,470$3,047,641$2,599,812$2,088,344
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,686,671$2,785,470$3,047,641$2,599,812$2,088,344
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,051,606$815,984$1,888,403$2,316,338$1,589,153
Program service revenue$953,326$1,228,643$589,689$64,576$1,059,185
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,833($9)$166$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$68,604
Total other revenue$955,159$1,228,634$589,855$64,576$1,127,789
Total revenue$2,006,765$2,044,618$2,478,258$2,380,914$2,716,942
Program services$1,343,583$1,559,214$1,298,671$1,351,167$1,623,844
Management and general$581,787$463,755$408,295$344,772$586,778
Total expenses$2,105,564$2,306,789$2,030,429$1,869,446$2,428,630
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($98,799)($262,171)$447,829$511,468$288,312
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($98,799)($262,171)$447,829$511,468$288,312


Theodore BaehrChairman/CEO$85,000
Robert BaehrCOO/Treasurer$75,000
Thomas SnyderFormer VP$60,000

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/5/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.


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.