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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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