Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Launching Family Friendly TV Network Next Month

In this May 31, 2015 file photo, Roma Downey, left, and Mark Burnett arrive at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Burnett and Downey are launching a faith-and-family entertainment broadcast network next month. Light TV will air on Fox stations and affiliates and capitalize on MGM's film and TV library.

By Austin Roscoe Published on November 17, 2016

Producers of the The Bible TV series Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, along with MGM Studios, are set to launch a new faith and family friendly TV network next month.

The new digital network, called Light TV, will air on Fox stations and affiliates in over a dozen major cities. Broadcasting & Cable reports that “Light TV will debut in top markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte, N.C.”

Burnett and Downey have spearheaded the Christian filmmaking effort in Hollywood in recent years, with titles such as Ben-Hur (2016), Woodlawn, Son of God and A.D. The Bible Continues. Light TV, created by Downey’s MGM-owned LightWorkers Media, is the couple’s latest foray into the growing market.

“This is the beginning of our new, multi-platform faith and family network, where the demand is greater than ever for family friendly entertainment,” Downey said, according to Variety. “This is the last unclaimed vertical. 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.”

Burnett added that the new, free to watch venue is “an ideal platform to reach the enormously, underserved family audience.”

Programming will air 24 hours a day and includes shows such as Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Highway to Heaven and the Canadian drama Heartland. It will also pull from such MGM titles as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rocky, Pink Panther, Mr. Mom and Hoosiers.

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  • This is a great opportunity for the “faith-based”, Christian Studio community–ESPECIALLY if the channel’s going to screen classics like “Rocky” and “Hoosiers”. Namely: an opportunity to step up their game, and make stuff of actual high-quality–not just in substance, but in STYLE.

  • leenimela@yahoo.com

    Greatest news I’ve heard since ???; well it just is. I hope you will find the money and time to finish “AD; the Bible continues”. I fought for it for months after it’s cancellation. You chose a liberal station to broadcast it, and it must have turned their managements stomachs. I get so disgusted watching programs that feel vulgarity and cursing make the program. I will keep a watch for when your programming starts.

  • DiogenesAmericanus

    Well well! By golly Roma and Mark following a path similar to the Hallmark channels, hopefully with a little more emphasis on God. Good!

    Now if the Limbaughs, Levins, Steyns, Savages, et al would get together to launch a decent news network without biases to the left or right just actual honest reporting as well as investigative reporting similar to Project Veritas, the country would be on the way back to its’ founding principals.

  • Jachearts

    Please, please, please add Miami FLA to the list!!

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