Date: 29th September 2000
Hollywood studio bosses have been slammed for testing adult-themed films on children as young as nine.
Despite industry claims that they act responsibly, a senior film executive revealed studios routinely show violent horror movies such as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and JUDGE DREDD to young audiences.
The children were reportedly asked about script ideas and scene planning by top companies COLUMBIA TRISTAR, DISNEY and MGM.
Pre-teen children or "tweens" as they are known, have been recently identified by market research companies as the new target range. A representative of the AMERICAN NATIONAL RESEARCH GROUP says, "There is evidence to indicate that attendance for such teen films dips down to the age of 10, so it therefore seems to make sense to interview this particular age group."
The revelations look set to shame Hollywood as eight executives are poised to give evidence to America's SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE, a government regulatory body, on their findings.