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Mark Burnett

Four time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett has produced over 1,200 hours of television programming which regularly airs in over 70 countries worldwide. His current network series include "Survivor" (CBS),  "The Voice" (NBC), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC), “Shark Tank” (ABC), and the upcoming "The Job" (CBS).  In last 12 months Burnett series have won their time slots on 5 nights of television in the same week.

Burnett is one of very few producers to have had a renewed series on each of the four major networks.  He also has a strong presence in award show franchises, having produced the "MTV Movie Awards" from 2007 to 2011, the annual “People’s Choice Awards” since 2010,  the "Video Game Awards" (Spike) and the 2011"Primetime Emmy Awards."

Burnett is currently producing and distributing ten hour mini series on The Bible (with his wife Roma Downey - Star of Touched by an Angel) for air globally in Spring 2013.

Mr. Burnett has been named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine and also listed as TV Guide’s most valuable player. He has won BRANDWEEK’S Marketer of the Year Award, The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, the PGA Norman Lear Award and the prestigious ROSE D’OR FRAPA Format Award.  Burnett was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was honored in 2010 with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

He served two elected terms on the Board of Directors for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles.

Roma Downey

A celebrated, Emmy-nominated actress Roma Downey is best  known for her nine seasons as the tender-hearted angel on the hit CBS show Touched by an Angel.

Roma starred in over 200 episodes and her work as the compassionate angel inspired millions of people around the world and earned Roma multiple best actress nominations for Emmy’s and Golden Globe awards.

Born in Ireland and classically trained in London  Ms Downey  has performed on stage with the famed Abbey Theatre Company and has appeared both on and off Broadway. She played the leading role of Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the Emmy award winning six hour mini series for NBC called “A Woman Named Jackie."

Ms Downey not only starred in, but executive produced seven television movies for The CBS network, among them "Borrowed Hearts" with Eric Mc Cormack and "Second Honeymoon" with Tim Matheson.

She is the executive producer of the children's DVD and book series "Little Angels" and its companion "Little Angels Storybook Bible".

Downey is currently  producing a ten hour miniseries, The Bible with her husband, Mark Burnett.This is being produced under their company LightWorkers Media and is the first collaboration of this husband and wife team. Ms Downey not only produced the series but stepped into  the role of Mary the Mother of Christ

"The Bible" will air in the spring of 2013  and then is set to air globally.

Ms Downey and Mr Burnett have co-authored a companion book to the series ‘A Story of God and all of Us.’ The book is to be published  this Spring by Faith Words.

For many years Ms Downey has been a spokesperson for "Operation Smile" a volunteer organization that brings free surgeries to children around the globe with facial deformities. She has travelled to third world and developing countries making fund raising films on their behalf.