Monday, June 2, 2014

Longtime MPAA Raters Launch Film Rating Advisors, Inc.

Founded by long time MPAA veterans Howard Fridkin and Barry Freeman, Film Rating Advisors was created to give film makers a bit more control over the rating they receive for their film from the MPAA. 

I have included the full press release below. Would you like me to arrange an interview for your with the founders? I think you will find them to be quite fun and very relevant to today's market! 

At long last a consulting firm to guide filmmakers to desired rating goals

LOS ANGELES, CA –  Film Rating Advisors, Inc. (FRA), a breakthrough consulting company backed by former MPAA raters, launches this month to help filmmakers get the ratings they desire, without adding budget stress or losing artistic integrity.

FRA co-founders Howard Fridkin and Barry Freeman offer their combined 23 years of MPAA experience, which includes the rating of more than 15,000 films. By viewing a film prior to its MPAA screening, FRA is able to assess a motion picture’s potential ratings issues in detail, then work closely with the filmmaker to adjust the scenes to prevent substantial edits that might occur from an unexpected rating.

“Often, filmmakers are completely surprised by the MPAA and their opinion on what constitutes suitable material for a particular age group,” says Fridkin.  “The need to reshoot can be cost prohibitive, while these suggested edits can detract from the director’s vision. However, Barry and I, having been longtime raters, are able to catch these ‘issues’ early on. We can prevent the need for heavy-handed editing as a result of what the filmmaker perceives as a mis-rated film.” 

FRA also provides the film industry with a series of other invaluable services—including script rating analysis, on-location consulting, MPAA submissions and appeals. All of these services tie into the filmmakers’ various needs in navigating through the complex MPAA process.

The MPAA reaps the benefits from FRA’s services by not having to hash out all of the edits associated with multiple screenings of the same film. The result is fewer screenings, allowing the MPAA to work through more inventory.

“There is no limit to whom and how we can help,” says Freeman.  “From the script concept stage to the editing room and rating acceptance, we see our clients’ objectives through to completion. Whether it is a major studio picture, a foreign film, a documentary, or a filmmaker’s first endeavor, Film Rating Advisors can step in at any point in the production process to ensure that both the filmmaker and the MPAA are satisfied. We fill a major industry void while continuing our passion for film.”

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