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THE TELEVISION EVENT OF THE YEAR SHATTERS HOME ENTERTAINMENT RECORDS

#1 TV ON DVD IN THE LAST 5 YEARS

#1 TV MINISERIES OF ALL TIME ACROSS BLU-RAY™, DVD AND Digital HD™

DVD AND BLU-RAY™ BREAKS SALES RECORDS WITH 525,000 UNITS SOLD IN FIRST WEEK

#1 NEW CABLE TV SERIES NOW TOPS 95 MILLION VIEWERS

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 8, 2013 – The epic miniseries, THE BIBLE, continues its unprecedented success with its home entertainment launch and quickly became the biggest selling TV on DVD in the last 5 years and the biggest miniseries of all time on Blu-ray™, Digital HD™ and DVD in its first week of release. THE BIBLE series is flying off store shelves around the country with 525,000 units sold.

According to the Association for Christian Retail (CBA), THE BIBLE is the fastest pre-selling faith based title in its 60-year history. THE BIBLE also ranked #1 across digital stores including iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Xbox, PlayStation, CinemaNow, and GooglePlay.

From its early debut last July at The International Christian Retailers Show (ICRS), to the unparalleled praise from notable spiritual leaders as Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Samuel Rodriguez, Cardinal Wuerl and Rick Warren, to receiving The Parents Television Council 2013 Seal of Approval, THE BIBLE has ignited discussion across the country about the greatest story ever told.

"We are humbled by the overwhelming response from audiences to THE BIBLE miniseries,” said co-executive producers, husband and wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “First, the show was number one on HISTORY, now it is number one on Blu-ray™ and DVD and has been number one in every country in which it aired. We feel incredibly blessed that we were able to bring this amazing love story to life on the screen. It is our hope that folks everywhere will continue to be touched by the message of the Bible and cherish these stories at home with their families for years to come. This is just the beginning."

"Mark and Roma have created a work of broad cultural significance that has resonated deeply with audiences, and THE BIBLE has quickly become a must own DVD that families can enjoy together at home time and time again,” said Mary Daily, president and chief marketing officer of worldwide marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“THE BIBLE continues to reach a broad audience and in just its first week it became the #1 title at retail stores,” said Simon Swart, executive vice president and general manager of North America for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “It’s rare that a project comes along that touches millions of people in such an impactful way. THE BIBLE series is clearly a phenomenon that will be enjoyed by families for many years.”

“I’m so encouraged that Mark and Roma have produced this series,” said Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Walmart. “Walmart is proud to sponsor programming that is so appreciated by the families we serve. This series is being viewed by millions of people across the country, most of whom are Walmart shoppers. Family friendly programming is good for our customer, our business and our culture.”

From Executive Producers Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), THE BIBLE is an epic 10-part miniseries which retells the stories of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The four-disc Blu-ray™ and DVD set dives deeper into the making of the series and features a behind-the-scenes look at how the ground-breaking miniseries came together.

During its run, THE BIBLE propelled HISTORY to number one in all of television from 8-10PM on Sunday nights with 95 million cumulative viewers watching the miniseries.

After being named the official app of THE BIBLE series, YouVersion's Bible App had its biggest month ever, reaching 88 million total installs, breaking into the top 15 of all free apps in the iTunes App Store, and seeing 3.4 billion minutes of Bible engagement in the app.

A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US: A NOVEL BASED ON THE EPIC TV MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett instantly became a national bestseller. The book debuted at #6 on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Fiction list and spent multiple weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list.

THE BIBLE series also continues to exceed rating expectations around the world with premieres in Spain, Columbia and Portugal that brought in viewership that dominated and lifted the series to #1 and beating the top rated programming in each of those countries.

In Diogo Morgado's Portugal, a large protest via Facebook prompted SIC to reschedule the series to air in the afternoon over Easter weekend. This resulted in great success for the channel and a whopping 37% market share. And more international territories continue to acquire the series including Greece, Croatia, Holland, Brasil, France and the UK where it was announced today that THE BIBLE will premiere on Ch. 5 this fall.

THE BIBLE series is produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs. THE BIBLE is distributed by One Three Media, Inc.

About TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film, a News Corporation company. Representing over 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital Copy, Digital HD™, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About 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. Ms. Downey starred in over 200 episodes and her work as the compassionate angel inspired millions of people around the world and earned Ms. Downey multiple best actress nominations for Emmy® 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 miniseries 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 McCormack 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". 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 available now from 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.

About MARK BURNETT
Three time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett has produced over 1,000 hours of television programming which regularly air in over 70 countries worldwide. His current network series include "The Voice" (NBC), "Survivor" (CBS), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC), "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” (FOX), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Expedition Impossible” (ABC). 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, producing the annual “People’s Choice Awards” and the “MTV Movie Awards" and for the first time in 2011 is producing the 63rd annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Primetime Emmy Awards." In April of 2011, Burnett and media conglomerate Hearst Corporation announced their new joint media, production and events-based venture which will focus on media content, producing events around that content, and spinning off television shows and other programming based on Hearst brands. Mr. Burnett has been named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine and also 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.

Press Contacts:
James Finn – james.finn@fox.com / 310-369-2940
Chris Bess – chris.bess@fox.com / 310-369-1442

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ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT's #1 NEW CABLE SERIES THE BIBLE IS ALSO A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER, DOMINATING AMAZON AND IS #1 ON ITUNES AND #1 ON TWITTER.

THE BIBLE series has already been licensed in 13 countries

YouVersion BIBLE app passes 87 million downloads

Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2013) - Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's THE BIBLE continues to be a cultural phenomenon and draw audiences from across all platforms including books, DVDs, and downloads, inspiring viewers as it heads into the Easter weekend and the series finale. THE BIBLE, which has been viewed by close to 80 million people, took over the number one spot on ITUNES for top TV show downloads. The series is currently ranked number two on the list of 100 on Amazon's Best Sellers list in Movies and TV.

Burnett and Downey's novelization of THE BIBLE television miniseries, THE BIBLE: A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US debuted on February 26th and has climbed to number ten on Publisher's Weekly Hardcover Fiction List and is number twenty on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction list, published for March 31st.

Every Sunday during the series, the YouVersion Bible App has been in the top 25 out of over 800,000 apps on iTunes. "Since the premiere of the series, we've seen the Bible App installed over a million times each week as people become more interested in the Bible." says Pastor Bobby Gruenewald, the app's creator, at LifeChurch.tv. "We're thrilled to partner with The Bible series and provide free access to God's Word for everyone who is watching, whether they are familiar with the Bible or experiencing it for the very first time."

"Roma and I continue to be grateful for the overwhelming global enthusiasm for THE BIBLE series,” says executive producer Mark Burnett. . "Every day we receive additional requests to license the series to another country." "The audience reaction says so much about what people are looking for these days," adds Downey "we are just thrilled that we were able to bring these stories to life."

“The extraordinary success of The Bible series is proof that it’s resonating in exactly the way Mark & Roma knew it would. International broadcasters around the world that want this kind of market dominance are quickly acquiring the series”, said C. Scot Cru, SVP of International at Burnett’s One Three Media who are distributing THE BIBLE series.

The series, which premiered March 3rd on The History Channel has continued to outperform all other television shows on Sunday nights. THE BIBLE reached close to 80 million viewers with its first three installments alone (included 18 telecasts on HISTORY and Lifetime.)

THE BIBLE, premiering every Sunday on HISTORY over the last three Sundays, culminating on Easter, was created and executive produced by renowned producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel). The series, a landmark television event, combines one of the greatest collections of stories ever assembled with live action and state-of-the-art CGI. The series is narrated by Emmy award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David (Mr. & Mrs. Smith; Platoon; Crash) and features a musical score by the world-renowned Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. In April, The Bible series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD with hours of exclusive special features and extras making it a must-own for every home. A book series by Mark and Roma is currently available in stores.

Leading the outstanding international cast is Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress and series’ co-executive producer Roma Downey, who plays Mother Mary. Joining her are Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus, as well as an array of acclaimed UK-based actors including Sean Teale (Skins), David Rintoul (The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn), Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias), Peter Guinness (an accomplished long time film/theatre actor), Greg Hicks (one of the UK’s best-known Shakespearean actors), and Simon Kunz (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Parent Trap, Matchpoint).

From Genesis to Revelation, HISTORY will illuminate the Bible, re-telling the stories as they unfold and revealing new insights into these iconic characters in context of the Bible. The series will feature some of the most famous stories ever written from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

THE BIBLE series is produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs. THE BIBLE is distributed by One Three Media, Inc.

AboutROMA DOWNEY
A celebrated, Emmy®nominated actress Roma Downey is bestknown for her nine seasons as the tender-hearted angel on the hit CBS showTouched by an Angel.Ms. Downeystarred in over 200 episodes and her work as the compassionate angel inspired millions of people around the world and earned Ms. Downeymultiple best actress nominations for Emmy® and Golden Globe® awards. Born in Ireland and classically trained in London,Ms. Downeyhas 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 miniseries 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 McCormack 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".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 available now from Faith Words.For many years Ms.Downey has been a spokesperson for "Operation Smile" a volunteer organization that brings free surgeries to children around theglobe with facial deformities.She has travelled to third world and developing countries making fund raising films on their behalf.

AboutMARK 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). In the last 12 months, Burnett’s series have won their time slots on five 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.”

Together Burnett and his wife Roma Downey produced the 10 hour current hit TV series entitled "The Bible" (History). "The Bible" had record-breaking ratings, with its premiere drawing over 13 million viewers, making it the most watched cable entertainment series of 2013.

Burnett has been named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine and is 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 & Cable Hall of Fame and was honored in 2010 with a star on The Hollywood 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."

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BOOK BASED ON “THE BIBLE” MINISERIES BECOMES
NATIONAL BESTSELLER ON THE HEELS OF TELECAST SUCCESS

ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT PENNED
“A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US” FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Nashville, TN (March 21, 2013) – America’s highest rated cable television program has generated a national bestselling book. FaithWords, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce that A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US: A NOVEL BASED ON THE EPIC TV MINISERIES “THE BIBLE” by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett has become a national bestseller. The book debuted at #6 on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Fiction list and will debut at #27 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list on March 24.

“We are incrediblyhumbled by the reaction to the series and the books,” said Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “Working with this sacred text is a once-in-a-lifetime honor. Our hope is that the books will continue to inspire and encourage. First the series becomes a #1 in television, now the book is the on the New York Times bestseller list. God is moving."

"We are ecstatic that Roma's and Mark’s track record of producing hits has followed them from television to publishing,” said Rolf Zettersten, Senior Vice President & Publisher, Hachette Nashville. “Their books are every bit as magical and successful as their miniseries production."

A novel for adults based on the miniseries, A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US brings the Bible’s greatest stories and most compelling characters to life. Readers will revel in this epic saga of warriors, rebels, poets and kings, all called upon by God to reveal his enduring love for mankind. The novel is also available in Spanish, eBook and audio editions.

In addition to the adult novel, Downey & Burnett wrote A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US YOUNG READERS EDITION, which contains abridged action-packed versions of the Bible’s most fascinating stories, featuring Moses, David, Daniel, John the Baptist and Jesus. This edition includes an exclusive introduction by Downey and a photo insert with images from the miniseries. The young readers edition is also available in Spanish and eBook formats.

Downey & Burnett also penned A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US REFLECTIONS, a devotional that features readings, scripture and daily prayers to inspire and enable the reader to experience the main themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The devotional is also available as an eBook.

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Millions of viewers tune in to watch THE BIBLE each week, making it the #1 Cable Entertainment Telecast of the Year. THE BIBLE, airing every Sunday on HISTORY, culminates on Easter. It was created and executive produced by renowned producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel). The series, a landmark television event, combines one of the greatest collections of stories ever assembled with live action and state-of-the-art CGI. The series is narrated by Emmy award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David (Mr & Mrs Smith; Platoon; Crash) and features a musical score by the world-renowned Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are a husband-and-wife team. Mark is the executive producer of Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Apprentice. He is a four-time Emmy winner. Roma is the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated star of the hit TV series Touched by an Angel. She is the producer of the children’s faith-based DVD and book series Little Angels.

About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Digital.

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Media Contact: Shanon Stowe, Publicity Director
615-371-7784 or shanon.stowe@hbgusa.com

http://www.bibleseries.tv/books/

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HISTORY® PRESENTS ONE OF THE GREATEST COLLECTIONS OF STORIES OF ALL TIME IN…

THE BIBLE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY TO PREMIERE ON MARCH 3, 2013

SERIES TO BE NARRATED BY KEITH DAVID WITH MUSICAL SCORE BY HANS ZIMMER


NEW YORK, December 17, 2012 – More than the greatest story ever told, it's the greatest adventure.  THE BIBLE, an epic 10-hour / five-part docudrama will premiere Sunday, March 3 on HISTORY.

Created and executive produced by renowned producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel), the series promises to be a landmark television event, combining one of the greatest collections of stories ever assembled with live action and state-of-the-art CGI. The series will be narrated by Emmy award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David (Mr & Mrs Smith; Platoon; Crash) and will feature a musical score by the world renowned Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Leading the outstanding international cast is Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress and series’ co-executive producer Roma Downey, who plays Mother Mary. Joining her are Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus, as well as an array of acclaimed UK-based actors including Sean Teale (Skins), David Rintoul (The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn), Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias), Peter Guinness (an accomplished long time film/theatre actor), Greg Hicks (one of the UK’s best-known Shakespearean actors), and Simon Kunz (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Parent Trap, Matchpoint).

From Genesis to Revelation, HISTORY will illuminate the Bible, re-telling the stories as they unfold and revealing new insights into these iconic characters in context of the Bible. The series will feature some of the most famous stories ever written from Noah’s Ark and the Exodus to Daniel in the Lion’s Den to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

“The Bible is a sacred text that continues to challenge and inspire,” said Mark Burnett.  “We’ve been working on this project for the past two years and are deeply humbled to be given this once in a generation opportunity to breathe new visual life into the Bible’s profound stories.  The Bible gives meaning and purpose to billions of people around the world, and sparks the curiosity of millions more.”

“HISTORY has a legacy of delving into important subjects to which all people are connected,” said Nancy Dubuc, President, Entertainment and Media for A+E Networks.  “There’s no question the Bible is one of the world’s most significant and most popular books, which holds within it the incredible and powerful stories that truly changed the course of history and religion the world about.  We are thrilled to work with Mark and Roma, who have vividly brought the Bible to life for a new generation, and we hope the series will resonate for generations to come.”

In April, The Bible series will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD with hours of exclusive special features and extras making it a must-own for every home.

THE BIBLE series is produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.  Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs.

About HISTORY®

HISTORY® is the leading destination for factual entertainment, including award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming,  features a roster of hits including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Ice Road Truckers®, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and Top Shot® as well as epic mini-series and specials such as the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us, and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial.  www.history.com

About Mark Burnett

Three time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett has produced over 1,000 hours of television programming which regularly air in over 70 countries worldwide. His current network series include "The Voice" (NBC), "Survivor" (CBS), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC), "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” (FOX), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Expedition Impossible” (ABC).  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, producing the annual “People’s Choice Awards” and the “MTV Movie Awards" and for the first time in 2011 is producing the 63rd annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Primetime Emmy Awards."  In April of 2011, Burnett and media conglomerate Hearst Corporation announced their new joint media, production and events-based venture which will focus on media content, producing events around that content, and spinning off television shows and other programming based on Hearst brands.  Mr. Burnett has been named one of the world's most influential people by TIME Magazine and also 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.


Press Contacts:

Vicky Kahn – vicky.kahn@aenetworks.com / 212.210.9743

Heather DiRubba – heather.dirubba@aenetworks.com / 212.210.9760

Chris Bess (Blu-ray/DVD) – chris.bess@fox.com / 310.369.1442


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