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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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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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