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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.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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