Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to Launch Faith-Based Network

Tony Maglio
The Wrap
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to Launch Faith-Based Network

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are set to launch faith- and family-based network Light TV.

In partnership with Fox stations and affiliates, it’ll debut next month. Light TV will not air linearly, however, it’ll run on Fox TV’s digital sub-channels.

The network will feature wholesome entertainment programming, like MGM’s “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” “Rocky,” “Hoosiers,” “Red River,” “Little Man Tate,” “The Nutcracker,” “Lilies of the Field,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Black Stallion,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “Pink Panther,” “Fame” and “Mr. Mom.” Light TV will also air acquisitions like “Highway to Heaven” and “Heartland.”

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

“With the combined experience of myself and Roma, plus MGM’s family-friendly library, Light TV will become an ideal platform to reach the enormously underserved family audience,” added Burnett.

“MGM continues to build on our strategy as a multicast network leader by adding Light TV to our group of networks,” said John Bryan, president, domestic television distribution, MGM. “We’re excited to partner with Fox and deliver positive, uplifting and free entertainment to families everywhere.”

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