Dove Helps Families Find Wholesome Film Fare

11/25/2014 –

Scott Rolfe says an exchange his father had with Jack Valenti told him plenty about the Motion Picture Association of American ratings system then … and now.

Valenti, then head of the MPAA, said his organization rates movies based on society’s changing values and mores. That won’t surprise today’s parents who often find PG:13 movies teeming with inappropriate content.

It’s why The Dove Foundation lets parents and grandparents, not professional critics, write its reviews.

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Cinedigm Signs Multi-Picture First Look Deal with Chesler/Perlmutter Productions

This multi-year deal will involve at least four pictures per year September 30, 2014 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE) Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Chesler/Perlmutter Productions announced today they have entered into a multi-year, multi-picture, first look deal for original, cast-driven, family and faith-friendly films. The deal provides for no less than […]


Yekra’s Embeddable Movie Player Gains Blockbuster Titles

LA Times
August 28, 2014
By Paresh Dave

Like many aspiring producers, Lee Waterworth learned quickly that getting movies into theaters and then getting people to go to screenings is tough.His idea to make it easier: A digital theater that can be embedded onto any website. On Thursday, Waterworth’s start-up Yekra announced that it’s improving the player and adding to its library a series of major films, from studios such as Warner Bros. Pictures…

To show people what’s possible with Yekra Theater, the company also unveiled Thursday a partnership with the Dove Foundation, a nonprofit that rates films on their family- and faith-friendliness. Dove plans to regularly curate a theater of approved films and share it with a network of 80,000 [subscribers], Waterworth said.

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Cinedigm Stoked About ‘God’s Not Dead’ Disc Sales

12 Aug, 2014
By: John Latchem

gndCinedigm Entertainment is touting a heavenly reception at retail for the home entertainment release of God’s Not Dead. Cinedigm president Bill Sondheim reported that first-week Blu-ray and DVD sellthrough of the faith-based title exceeded 50%, equating to about 300,000 units sold.

The Pure Flix film, which was released on disc Aug. 5, earned $60.8 million at the U.S. box office on a budget of $2 million.

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Coming to a TV Near You: Dove Movie Channel

(How to Train Your Dragon 2 received 5 Dove seals and could potentially be featured on the new Dove Channel.)

Founded in 1991, the nonprofit organization Dove Foundation as been dedicated to encouraging Hollywood to create family-friendly products. Movies and books are regularly screened by Dove and only those that are more or less “safe” for the family earn the coveted Dove seal of approval.

Just last month, it was announced that Dove would begin a partnership with Cinedigm to provide an over-the-top (OTT) digital subscription streaming service which will be widely accessible to consumers via the web, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and connected TVs.

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Faith-Based Content on the Rise

FaithBased[1]When the Christian-themed indie film God’s Not Dead pulled in $8.6 million from just 780 theaters during its opening weekend in late March, many in the industry were surprised.

Not Michael Scott, managing partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, which produced the film (for around $2 million).

“Christian-themed films have always had a strong niche, and as faith-based entertainment hits the mainstream market in larger scales, the mass media is starting to pay more attention,” Scott said. “We were confident God’s Not Dead would do well, yet [it] performed better than we imagined ($49 million at the box office as of April 23). We’re humbled by its success and grateful to see how Hollywood has responded.”

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MLive: July 12, 2012 – What to do when the MPAA ratings fail you


What to do when the MPAA ratings fail you Reprinted from MLive – Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 10:19 AM By John Serba | [email protected] Courtesy photo A scene from the PG-rated “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” This topic comes up every so often: how the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system is […]

LA Times: June 28, 2012 – Group says family films more likely to turn a profit


Christian group says family films more likely to turn a profit Scene from the PG-rated ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ (DreamWorks Animation / June 26, 2012) By John Horn Reprinted from the LA Times -June 28, 2012   A quick look at the box-office returns of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” ($163.4 million domestically since June 8) […] June 21, 2012 – “Kid pics make B.O. pop”

FAITH_madag Reprinted from Kid pics make B.O. pop Family-friendly pics do not just appeal to moviegoers’ values. According to a report, they also boost the bottom line. The Dove Foundation’s Film Profitability Study of 2012 examines the relationship between movies’ MPAA ratings and profits. The findings indicate that although PG-13 movies make up an […]