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Burnett, Downey to launch faith-based network Light TV

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and MGM are launching a 24-hour faith and family entertainment network in partnership with Fox stations and affiliates. Light TV will begin broadcasting in December in top ...
November 17, 2016

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and MGM are launching a 24-hour faith and family entertainment network in partnership with Fox stations and affiliates.

Light TV will begin broadcasting in December in top markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Dallas, among others.

The multicast digital net’s programming will draw heavily from MGM’s catalog of feature film and scripted and unscripted TV titles such as Are You Smarter Than a 5th GraderRocky and Red River, but also include acquisitions Highway to Heaven and Heartland.

Downey and Burnett announced plans to create a faith-based network two years ago when MGM acquired their respective LightWorkers Media and One Three Media production companies. Burnett, whose reality credits include SurvivorThe Voice and Shark Tank, later became president of MGM Television and Digital.

“This is the last unclaimed vertical,” Downey said in a statement. “As we have already seen from the success of The Bible series and our 20 million social followers this audience is looking for inspiring and uplifting programming that they can watch in a trusted and safe environment on any platform.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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