Production Notes

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LightWorkers Media and Hearst Productions in association with History Channel present the epic miniseries The Bible. A ten hour mini series premiering March 3, 2013. Executive Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey along with Richard Bedser. Starring Roma Downey as Mother Mary, Diogo Morgado as Jesus, David Rintoul as Noah, William Houston as Moses, Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdelene, and Greg Hicks as Pontius Pilate. Directed by Crispin Reece, Tony Mitchell and Christopher Spencer. Written by Nic Young. Co- Producer Annie Macnee. Associated Produced by Alex Marengo and Michael Waterhouse. Directors of Photographer are Chris Titus King and Rob Goldie. Music by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe.

The Executive Producers

Mark Burnett

Mark Burnett is a four time Emmy Award winner who 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."

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.”

Ms Downey and Mr Burnett have co-authored a companion book to The Bible series ‘A Story of God and all of Us.’ The book is to be published Spring 2013 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.

Statement from Executive Producers:

In the spring of 2011 we began work on this ten-hour television mini- series: The Bible. It would begin with the Book of Genesis and end with the Book of revelation. As you can imagine, we were immediately faced with a massive creative challenge: how do we tell this story? More specifically: how do we transform a sacred narrative that spans thousands of years and features hundreds of individual stories into just ten hours of television?

We had one of two choices: either select dozens of short summaries and tell many brief stories; or, choose fewer characters and stories but make a much deeper emotional connection.

We went with the second choice.

So we began the TV scripts, written by a team of writers under the guidance of many theologians, advisors, and biblical experts. Their combined expertise brought forth vivid spiritual and historical images.

About the Production

The Bible was shot on location in Ouarzazate, Morocco from February to July of 2012. Containing over 400 people, the crew was international from the UK, South Africa, the US and local Morocco. Casting was conducted out of London and Morocco. Post-production was completed at Molinaire in London.

About the Cast

Roma Downey - Mother Mary

Irish born, Downey made her Broadway debut opposite Rex Harrison, has performed with the New York Shakespeare Company and The Irish Abbey Theatre. She starred as Jackie Onassis in the award winning mini series, ‘A Woman named Jackie.’ Starring for ten years in her role as ‘Monica’ on the hit TV series, ‘Touched By An Angel’ she received TV Guides’ ‘Most Favorite Actress of Television’ award and multiple nominations for Emmys and Golden Globes


Diogo Morgado - Jesus

Born in Portugal, Morgado is a huge star in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. Starring in many successful TV series in all three countries. He portrayed Oliverio Salazar in the Portuguese TV Series, A Vida Privida de Salazar


Sean Teale - Young Ramses

Teale starred in the popular long running British TV series, Skins.


David Rintoul - Noah

Our Noah has starred in such films as The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn and the long running TV series, Doctor Finlay


Amber Rose Revah - Mary Magdalene

Revah has starred in the TV series, Borgias. Has starred in such films as The Devil’s Double and From Paris with Love


Simon Kunz - Nicodemus

Kunz made his film debut in Four Weddings and a Funeral and has not stopped since. Starring as the lovable ‘Martin the butler’ in The Parent Trap and in Woody Allen’s Match Point.


Paul Marc Davis - Simon the Pharisee

Davis appeared in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Andrew Brooke - Antonius

Brooke has starred in long running UK hit TV show, Phoneshop and has appeared in such films as Sherlock Holmes, Children of Men, and The Bank Job


Raad Rawi - Jeremiah

Rawi has starred in such film as Conan the Barbarian, The Devil’s Double, Green Zone and the Television series, The Tudors


Peter Guinness - Nebuchadnezzar

Peter Guinness is not only an accomplished British theatre actor but has starred in such films as Sleepy Hollow, Centurion and has starred in Dr. Who


Gerald Kyd - Cyrus

An accomplished British stage actor, starred as Trigoirn in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Seagull. Kyd has also starred in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and The Defender


Jake Canuso - Daniel

Jake has starred in such films as Driver and Nine


Daniel Percival - John the Baptist

A graduate from Royal Academy Dramatic of Arts, Percival has played Moses in the film Exodus and has starred in such TV shows as Vital Signs and The Golden Hour


Sam Douglas - Herod

An American actor who has been in such films as The Fifth Element, Eyes Wide Shut, Perfume and Colombiana


Greg Hicks - Pontious Pilate

One of the UK’s best known Shakespearean actors, Hicks has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company since 1976. Nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in the category ‘Best Actor of 2003’ for his performance in Coriolanus at the Old Vic and was awarded the 2003 Critic’s Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearian Performance in the same role


Francis Magee - Saul

An Irish actor who has starred in Game of Thrones, Layer Cake, Sahara and popular UK kid’s series “ The House of Anubis”


Nonso Anozie - Samson

Anozie has starred in such films as The Grey, Conan the Barbarian, Atonement and is in the current season of Game of Thrones


Paul Freeman - Samuel

George Lucas chose Freeman to star as René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Freeman has starred in many shows at the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK


Dhaffer L’ Abidine - Uriah

Born in Tunisia, L’Abidine credits include: Sex and the City 2 and Children of Men


Langley Kirkwood - David

Kirkwood was born in South Africa. He is an Iron Man and has been in such films as: Invictus and Endgame


Melia Kreiling - Bathsheba

Kreiling was born in Switzerland, raised in Greece and now a working actress in London. She played Bianca on The Borgias


Adrian Schiller - Caiphas

Schiller is an accomplished British theatre actor, performing Julius Ceaser, As You like it, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and many more with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Veil, The Hour We Knew nothing of Each Other at The National. He has also starred in Dr. Who


Kierston Wareing - Delilah

Wareing is a UK based actress with such film credits as, Fish Tank and The Holding. Her TV credits include, The Shadow Line, Luther and Inside Men

About the Directors

Christopher Spencer

UK based Spencer has produced, directed and written a wide range of dramas and documentaries for broadcasters around the world including the BBC, Channel 4, HBO, Time-Warner, History, Discovery, PBS, National Geographic, TLC, NDR and Channel One Russia. He has over thirty hour-long documentaries to his credit including the final episode of `The Human Body described as `the most controversial documentary in television history’. He has directed a number of drama–documentaries including the critically acclaimed Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. He has a number of awards and nominations including Originality and Best Factual BAFTAs, Royal Television Society, John Grierson nomination, International Monitor award, San Francisco Golden Gate Silver Spire Winner, Cine Golden Eagle and Glaxo Welcome Best Science Documentary.

Tony Mitchell

Born in Canada, Mitchell now lives in Ireland. He has directed Supervolcano, Ancient Egyptians, Flood and the TV series Atlantis.

Crispin Reece

Accomplished British television director. He directed True Heroes and I Shouldn’t Be Alive for the Discovery Channel.


Executive Producer:

Richard Bedser

Bedser is a UK based writer, producer and director. Among his credits, Bedser wrote for the Emmy award winning series on The History Channel, Gettysburg.


Composer: 

Hans Zimmer

The most sought after film composer, Academy Award winning Zimmer has an extensive and impressive resume. Scoring over 100 films his Award winning credits include, Gladiator, The Dark Night, Inception and The Pacific. He has received four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Classical BRIT Award and an Oscar.


Lola Post-Production House

The Academy Award winning team from Gladiator, Lola has created CGI for Clash of the Titans, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Troy.