About MARK BURNETT
Five time Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett has produced more than 2,400 hours of television programming, which regularly airs in more than 70 countries worldwide. Currently, Burnett’s network series include "Survivor" (CBS), "The Voice" (NBC), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC) and “Shark Tank” (ABC). Burnett is one of very few producers to have had a renewed series on each of the four major networks and to have multiple series win their time slot on five nights of television in the same week. Additionally, Burnett, alongside his wife Roma Downey, executive produced the right rated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible” (History) that premiered on History Channel in March 2013, which is currently airing internationally. Mark’s television profile includes 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." In addition to television, Burnett is working on the feature film “Son of God” with 20thCentury Fox, to be released in February 2014. TIME Magazine named Mr. Burnett one of the world's most influential people and he 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 and Cable Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored 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.
About ROMA DOWNEY
A celebrated, Emmy® nominated actress and producer 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. With her company, LightWorkers Media, Ms. Downey is the executive producer of the children's DVD and book series "Little Angels" and its companion "Little Angels Storybook Bible". Ms. Downey along with her husband Mr. Burnett produced 'The Bible' a ten episode mini series for History Channel. 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 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.
Q&A INTERVIEW – WITH SON OF GOD PRODUCERS MARK BURNETT AND ROMA DOWNEY
How did the idea to make ‘The Bible’ miniseries and ‘Son of God’ come about and why did you make them?
What were some of your biggest challenges?
How did you prepare for the film, and make it something that has been well-received by faith leaders across denominations?
How did you see the hand of God at play (or any miracles) while you were making the film and releasing it?
Who do you think the audience is for ‘Son of God’?
What has been the reaction you’ve gotten from others in Hollywood, in the entertainment industry?
How do you hope the film is used?
What impact has the mini series and the movie had in the culture and your own lives?
What kinds of feedback are you hearing from audiences who’ve seen the film?
What are you doing in the future, along these lines?