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Producers Mark Burnett, Roma Downey offer sneak peek at new film

January 24, 2014  | 

Liberty University students got a special treat in Monday’s Convocation as they were shown clips from the upcoming film, “Son of God,” by its producers: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.


Senior Vice President for Communications Johnnie Moore introduced the married couple, calling them the “prototypical image of people who are excellent at their craft and yet committed to their faith.”

Downey, an Emmy-nominated actress, is best known for her recurring role on the television program “Touched by an Angel.” Burnett, a five-time Emmy winner, has been credited with starting the reality television phenomenon. He is the creator of hit shows such as “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” and, with his wife, “The Bible.” He has produced more than 2,400 hours of programming, which airs regularly in more than 70 countries. He has also been named to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most influential celebrities.

Burnett and Downey have been producing together for five years. Burnett said they decided to leverage their voice in Hollywood to put the Bible on primetime TV.

“We have a big platform with what we do for a living,” he said. “So we have a chance to say a lot about the love of Jesus and our love for Him. … (But) you still have to be really good at your craft, just being Christian doesn’t make it OK to make bad content.”

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