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Family Theater Productions

Family Theater Productions Family Theater Productions creates family-suitable and faith-friendly media for film, television and digital. PRESS: Contact Chris Sariego at [email protected]

We're here to produce media for the family, and to guide families and all viewers interested in values-positive content to the great media that's already out there. We'll encourage your faith, and support your efforts to find great TV, movies and digital content -- all while producing great content of our own. Check out our homepage at familytheater.org for news, information and our Faith & Family

We're here to produce media for the family, and to guide families and all viewers interested in values-positive content to the great media that's already out there. We'll encourage your faith, and support your efforts to find great TV, movies and digital content -- all while producing great content of our own. Check out our homepage at familytheater.org for news, information and our Faith & Family

Operating as usual

Our head of production, Father David Guffey, C.S.C., was a consultant on season one of #TheChosen ..."Have you heard abo...
05/20/2022
Christian America’s Must-See TV Show

Our head of production, Father David Guffey, C.S.C., was a consultant on season one of #TheChosen ...

"Have you heard about the hit Jesus TV show? The one that launched with a more than $10 million crowdfunding drive? And that streams for free from its own app, where the view counter has surpassed 194 million as of this writing? And that is honestly much better than I expected?"

Take it from a Christian and a critic: "The Chosen" is as well made and entertaining as many network dramas. But its relative invisibility to secular audiences is no surprise.

Real nature footage and CGI effects combine in AppleTV+'s #PrehistoricPlanet -- premiering May 23-27 -- to create a phot...
05/19/2022
'Prehistoric Planet' on AppleTV+: Animating a Peek Into a Lost World

Real nature footage and CGI effects combine in AppleTV+'s #PrehistoricPlanet -- premiering May 23-27 -- to create a photorealistic depiction of the #dinosaurs of the Cretaceous era ... by Kate O'Hare Writes

Real nature footage and CGI effects combine in AppleTV+'s 'Prehistoric Planet,' to create a photorealistic depiction of the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous era.

Jimmy Gleason and Nancy Olson star in this 1949 radio play, produced by Venerable Patrick Peyton. Gleason plays Brownie,...
05/19/2022

Jimmy Gleason and Nancy Olson star in this 1949 radio play, produced by Venerable Patrick Peyton. Gleason plays Brownie, a third-shift elevator operator who observes unfolding drama and helps lift people up. A live orchestra accompanies the drama; Claudette Colbert is host. Links to listen at https://www.familytheater.org/classicradio

#ThrowbackThursday #FlashbackFriday

More shots from inside our 75th Anniversary Gala on April 27, held at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, not far fr...
05/19/2022

More shots from inside our 75th Anniversary Gala on April 27, held at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, not far from our offices on Sunset Boulevard... photos: Jeff Ellingson
To learn more about our company, founded in 1947 by Venerable Patrick Peyton, visit https://www.familytheater.org/

Filming has begun on season two of HBO's costume drama #TheGildedAge, and we run down the clues to what these 1880s New ...
05/17/2022
'The Gilded Age' Begins Shooting Season 2 -- What Clues Do We Have?

Filming has begun on season two of HBO's costume drama #TheGildedAge, and we run down the clues to what these 1880s New Yorkers might be up to in the new episodes ... by Kate O'Hare Writes

Filming has begun on season two of HBO's 'The Gilded Age,' which traces personal and family travails during the old-money/new-money clash in 1880s New York City.

05/16/2022
Voices of the Family Theater Productions 75th-Anniversary Gala

Held April 27, 2022, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel -- site of the first Academy Awards ceremony -- our anniversary celebration brought together staff, friends and collaborators, some of whom shared thoughts on FTP and the future of faith- and family-friendly entertainment.

Our Head of Production and National Director, Father David Guffey, C.S.C., appeared on 'The World Over Live' with Raymon...
05/13/2022
The World Over May 12, 2022 | 75 YEARS! Fr. David Guffey with Raymond Arroyo

Our Head of Production and National Director, Father David Guffey, C.S.C., appeared on 'The World Over Live' with Raymond Arroyo on Thursday, May 12, celebrating our 75th anniversary ...

FR. DAVID GUFFEY, national director of Family Theater Productions in Los Angeles on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the pioneering Catholic media org...

05/13/2022
Bing Crosby Joins Father Peyton's First Radio Broadcast

On May 13, 1945 (which was Mother's Day that year), Irish-born Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., launched his career as a producer of radio dramas for the family, with a show on the Mutual Broadcasting System, that included actor and singer Bing Crosby (whom he'd cold-called at home after asking who was the biggest star of the time).
See PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, the film that tells the story of Father Peyton's remarkable media ministry. Info at PrayTheFilm.com. Learn about us, the company Father Peyton founded in 1947 (Happy 75th Anniversary!) at FamilyTheater.org ...

COMING UP SOON! TUNE IN ...
05/12/2022

COMING UP SOON! TUNE IN ...

A look (more to come) inside our 75th Anniversary Gala on April 27, held at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, not ...
05/11/2022

A look (more to come) inside our 75th Anniversary Gala on April 27, held at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, not far from our offices on Sunset Boulevard... photos: Jeff Ellingson

To learn more about our company, founded in 1947 by Venerable Patrick Peyton, visit https://www.familytheater.org/

So, you're a filmmaker that wants to make movies for adults that are uplifting but not necessarily sentimental. You want...
05/11/2022
A Hollywood Producer Advises Us All on How to Make Memorable Movies

So, you're a filmmaker that wants to make movies for adults that are uplifting but not necessarily sentimental. You want to speak to the human heart while still appealing to a broad audience.
Achieving that starts with understanding what happens to audiences when the film is over, according to studio executive, producer and script consultant Lindsay Doran ... by Kate O'Hare Writes

Producer Lindsay Doran talks about what audiences really want from movies, and what makes them return to certain films over and over.

Father Peyton's love for Our Lady -- given by her Son as a mother for us all -- was such that he named his autobiography...
05/07/2022

Father Peyton's love for Our Lady -- given by her Son as a mother for us all -- was such that he named his autobiography 'All for Her.' As families gather for Mother’s Day, PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, the acclaimed documentary about his life and mission to promote family prayer, especially the Rosary, is the perfect film to buy or give as a gift. More at https://www.praythefilm.com/SHOP ...

Doesn't really sound like a big winner ...
05/06/2022
Marmaduke Movie Review

Doesn't really sound like a big winner ...

America's favorite Great Dane is more "O.C." than "Lassie." Read Common Sense Media's Marmaduke review, age rating, and parents guide.

Catholic Deacon Stephen Greydanus reviews the latest installment in the MCU saga ...
05/06/2022
Dark magic: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Catholic Deacon Stephen Greydanus reviews the latest installment in the MCU saga ...

Dark magic: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessOne of the best Marvel origin stories gets a disappointing sequel that takes the franchise’s magical themes to some disturbingly dark places. May 5, 2022 Steven D. Greydanus The Dispatch 0 Print (Image: Twitter) Six years after its release, Sc...

Here are six films that deal with school struggles and life’s transitions. Though some have a loose connection to gradua...
05/05/2022
School's Out: 7 Family Films About Graduation and Life’s Milestones

Here are six films that deal with school struggles and life’s transitions. Though some have a loose connection to graduation, all are worth watching ... by Josh M. Shepherd

Here are six films that deal with school struggles and life’s transitions. Though some have a loose connection to graduation, but all are worth watching.

For the #NationalDayofPrayer, our series 'Catholic Central' did an episode on the subject ... https://www.catholiccentra...
05/05/2022
Prayer

For the #NationalDayofPrayer, our series 'Catholic Central' did an episode on the subject ... https://www.catholiccentral.com/catholic-central-episodes/prayer

What is prayer? How should we pray? Why? Kai and Libby fill you in on the major forms of prayer and how to go beyond just asking for stuff. From Family Theater Productions in Hollywood.

'The Hound of Heaven,’ first aired in 1949 and produced by Venerable Patrick Peyton, features Dan O’Herlihy and Rod O’Co...
05/05/2022

'The Hound of Heaven,’ first aired in 1949 and produced by Venerable Patrick Peyton, features Dan O’Herlihy and Rod O’Connor in the tragic story of mystic/poet Francis Thompson, who found grace in the midst of suffering. Jack Benny is host. Links to listen on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud at https://www.familytheater.org/classicradio ... #ThrowbackThursday

Did you know that George Lucas once worked for Family Theater Productions? All the details here ... #NationalStarWarsDay...
05/04/2022
William Shatner, George Lucas and the Word of God

Did you know that George Lucas once worked for Family Theater Productions? All the details here ... #NationalStarWarsDay #maythe4thbewithyou #maythefourthbewithyou

In 2021, William Shatner turns 90, and Family Theater Productions turns 74. So, maybe it's not surprising that these two long-running Hollywood institutions overlapped.

On April 27, 2022, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, Family Theater Productions cele...
05/03/2022
Christian Media Celebrates 75 Years of Family Theater Productions

On April 27, 2022, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, Family Theater Productions celebrated its 75th year in business ... #FTP75

On April 27, 2022, at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, Family Theater Productions celebrated its 75th year in business.

04/30/2022
FTP 75th Anniversary Celebration

Here's a quick look (lots more to come) at our gala 75th-anniversary celebration, held at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, not far from our offices on Sunset Boulevard -- a great night for us, our friends, fans and collaborators.

Congratulations to our outstanding women's-college-basketball documentary 'The House That Rob Built,' a winner in the 20...
04/26/2022

Congratulations to our outstanding women's-college-basketball documentary 'The House That Rob Built,' a winner in the 2022 #ChristopherAwards in the category of TV, Cable & Streaming, for being a work that "affirms the highest values of the human spirit." The kudos just keep coming in for this inspiring film ... learn more at https://www.thehousethatrobbuiltmovie.com/

Thanks to The Christophers!

GAC Family Network snags talent from Hallmark Channel, most recently Candace Cameron Bure; Netflix stock takes a tumble;...
04/25/2022
Faith & Family News: GAC Snaps Up Hallmark Stars; Netflix Drops; Ken Burns & the Holocaust

GAC Family Network snags talent from Hallmark Channel, most recently Candace Cameron Bure; Netflix stock takes a tumble; and PBS' Ken Burns examines the U.S. role in responding to the Holocaust ... by Kate O'Hare Writes

GAC Family snags talent from Hallmark Channel; Netflix stock takes a tumble; and PBS' Ken Burns examines the U.S. role in responding to the Holocaust.

Have you seen our sports doc yet? So good! And, it's nominated for an Emmy ...
04/25/2022

Have you seen our sports doc yet? So good! And, it's nominated for an Emmy ...

We have made the “legit” list … ESPN senior writer, and Montana alum, Kevin Van Valkenburg invites you to bring the “House” into your home.
📽🏀http://linktr.ee/thehousethatrobbuiltmovie

ESPN College Basketball
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#TheHouseThatRobBuiltMovie

As we congratulate Mark Wahlberg on his #FatherStuMovie, he congratulates us on 75 years of producing faith- and family-...
04/25/2022

As we congratulate Mark Wahlberg on his #FatherStuMovie, he congratulates us on 75 years of producing faith- and family-friendly content, in an ad to appear in trade publication Variety on Wednesday, April 27, the day of our anniversary gala at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel ...

Great piece on our upcoming anniversary ... happy birthday to us! Thanks to Aleteia English ...
04/24/2022
Fr. Peyton's Family Theater Productions marks 75 years

Great piece on our upcoming anniversary ... happy birthday to us! Thanks to Aleteia English ...

Bringing stories that "unlock the heart" continues to be mission of media company founded by the Rosary Priest.

Dr Scott Hahn's son David makes his column debut with a review of #FatherStuMovie, currently in theaters ...
04/22/2022
Father Stu: A Beautiful Story of Redemption

Dr Scott Hahn's son David makes his column debut with a review of #FatherStuMovie, currently in theaters ...

My enthusiasm for "Father Stu" was dampened after reading a negative review, but I found the film to be a wonderful story of God condescending to the most wretched of sinners and raising him up.

We're throwing a party for ourselves! Thanks to Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service...
04/21/2022
Founded by Father Peyton, Family Theater Productions marks 75th anniversary

We're throwing a party for ourselves! Thanks to Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service...

Family Theater Productions is marking its 75th anniversary with just one event, a dinner at a Hollywood hotel April 27, because the folks there are just too busy to do more. Family Theater wants to start production on, among other things, an animated series based on a popular children's book series....

We're pleased to announce that CATHOLIC CENTRAL TV, the half-hour version of our online series Catholic Central (with ne...
04/21/2022

We're pleased to announce that CATHOLIC CENTRAL TV, the half-hour version of our online series Catholic Central (with new material from hosts Kai and Libby), launches on the free network CatholicTV.

Click here to learn how to watch: https://www.catholictv.org/ways-to-watch.html

Here are the details (all times Eastern)
Catholic Central - NEW SERIES
Hosts of Catholic Central, Kai and Libby, offer entertaining and authoritative answers to your questions about Catholic thought, spirituality and practice.
Thurs 9:30pm/Fri 6pm/Tues 12:30am

CatholicTV's Spring Season officially begins Easter Monday, 4/18, and we've got some exciting things coming your way!

We've Got To Talk -New Season
Father Dan is back with a new season! He shows us how we can navigate our faith journeys and this crazy life, while keeping a close connection with God.
Sun 6:30am/ Mon 2pm/Tues 1am/Wed 11am/Fri 9:30pm

Talking of Palliative Care -New Season
This series continues to educate and offer considerations to viewers on the subject of Palliative care through conversations between Karen O’Brien, MD, and MC Sullivan RN MTS JD.
Mon 6pm/ Tues 7am/Thurs 2am & 11am

Catholic Central - NEW SERIES
Hosts of Catholic Central, Kai and Libby, offer entertaining and authoritative answers to your questions about Catholic thought, spirituality and practice.
Thurs 9:30pm/Fri 6pm/Tues 12:30am

For our full programming schedule, check out: https://www.catholictv.org/schedule.html

Blessed #Easter Sunday to all!
04/17/2022

Blessed #Easter Sunday to all!

Blessed #GoodFriday ...
04/15/2022

Blessed #GoodFriday ...

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7201 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90046

General information

For 70-plus years, we have been creating family-suitable and faith-friendly entertainment, for film, TV and digital. Family Theater Productions continues Father Patrick Peyton’s media mission as a member of Holy Cross Family Ministries, based in Easton, Mass., sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. To support us, you can donate here ... http://www.familytheater.org/en/SupportFamilyTheater/Donate_Online.aspx

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(323) 874-6633

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Starts tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern: EWTN's Miracle Hunter takes a deeper look at how miraculous events have had a transformative effect on world history, inspiring some of Catholicism's most famous devotions and most magnificent churches.
Family Theater Productions' inspiring sports documentary 'The House That Rob Built' is co-winner in the ICFCA's Best Documentary category ...
Lizbeth Scott is host for this 1949 drama, produced by Venerable Patrick Peyton, about a boy, David (Dean Stockwell), drawn to show business, and the mentor who helps him. Lionel Barrymore plays the adult David. Links to listen at https://www.familytheater.org/projects #ThrowbackThursday
Tickets are now available for Father Stu Movie ...
WE WON! Thanks to the International Catholic Film Critics Association for naming our inspiring sports documentary THE HOUSE THAT ROB BUILT (The House That Rob Built) as one of two winners of Best Documentary of 2021. We’ll stand with the likes of the Oscar-nominated SUMMER OF SOUL anytime. Nothing but net, baby!
'Bluey,' an animated series about a family of blue-heeler dogs living in Australia, has become a global phenomenon ... by Josh M. Shepherd
The work of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., lived on beyond him, in the company he founded, which produced a documentary chronicling his life. Discover how to let him change your life, at https://linktr.ee/familytheaterprods
Bring the inspiring life story of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., into your home this Lent – at a new low price from the Holy Cross Family Ministries online store. DVDs are $9.99 and Blu-Ray for $12.99. Visit https://hcfmstore.org/collections/all
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