Roma Downey, Mark Burnett to launch faith-and-family network

Entertainment power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett will launch a 24/7 faith-and-family TV network in December.

Light TV will premiere in partnership with Fox broadcast stations, airing on digital sub-channels affiliated with the local stations. Top TV markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The new network, overseen by Downey, Burnett and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, will present "wholesome family and faith-based entertainment programming leveraging MGM's storied library of thousands of hours" of content, including films such as 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, Fame and Mr. Mom. TV shows include Burnett-produced Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Highway to Heaven and Heartland.

The married couple — Downey starred in Touched by an Angel and Burnett produces The Apprentice, The Voice and Survivor — have shown a commitment to faith-oriented programming, producing such shows as The Bible and The Dovekeepers.

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

“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,” Burnett said.


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