A new broadcast television network is in the works that will launch next month, from Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The network, Light TV, will air on subchannels of Fox stations and affiliates, and will be a faith-and-family entertainment network that will utilize MGM’s film and TV library.
Burnett is President of MGM Television and Digital and Downey is President of LightWorkers Media, a division of MGM.
“Light TV will debut in all top markets including New York, NY (WNYW); Los Angeles, CA (KTTV); Chicago, IL (WFLD); Philadelphia, PA (WTXF); Dallas (KDFW) – Houston (KRIV), TX; San Francisco, CA (KTVU); Washington, D.C. (WTTG); Atlanta, GA (WAGA); Orlando (WOFL), FL; Phoenix (KSAZ), AZ; Minneapolis (KMSP), MN and Charlotte (WJZY), NC,” the company said in today’s announcement.
Said Downey: “This is the beginning of our new, multi-platform faith and family network, where the demand is greater than ever for family friendly entertainment. 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.”
The announcement adds: “The network will feature wholesome family and faith-based entertainment programming, leveraging MGM’s storied library of thousands of hours of premium film and television content, including titles such as Fox’s ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader’ and cherished favorites like ‘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 marquee acquisitions including acclaimed series ‘Highway to Heaven’ and ‘Heartland.’”