"THE BIBLE" HITS NEW MILESTONE WITH 1 MILLION UNITS SOLD
FASTEST SELLING TV TITLE IN THE PAST 2 YEARS
#1 TV MINISERIES OF ALL TIME ACROSS BLU-RAY(TM), DVD AND DIGITALHD(TM)
LOS ANGELES, CA, June 27, 2013 - THE BIBLE reached a new milestone today with 1 million units sold across Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalHD(TM). The epic 10-part miniseries from co-executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey continues to dominate records everywhere with its unprecedented sales performance. During its run, THE BIBLE propelled HISTORY(R) to number one in all of television from 8-10PM on Sunday nights with over 100 million viewers. THE BIBLE series will air internationally later this year, followed by its international home entertainment release.
"We are thrilled that THE BIBLE series continues to be enjoyed by millions across the country. The response to the series on television was overwhelming and clearly families are now wanting to own the DVD and enjoy it with family and friends," said co-executive producers, husband and wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. "There are many people that are gifting it to others to share the good news far and wide. THE BIBLE series is fast becoming a national treasure, and next we roll it out around the world."
"Millions of people embraced The Bible, not only making it the television event of the year but also bringing it to unprecedented success with the home entertainment release in the US," said Mary Daily, president and chief marketing officer of worldwide marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "We are excited about introducing this project to millions more as we launch internationally later this year."
"Retailers understood the potential of this project immediately, especially in its broad appeal to families," said Simon Swart, executive vice president and general manager of North America for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "Sales have maintained a brisk pace since its release which reflects the endearing universal appeal of the series."
THE BIBLE retells the stories of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The four-disc Blu-ray(TM) and DVD set dives deeper into making of the series and features a behind-the-scenes look at how the ground-breaking miniseries came together.
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(TM), Digital Copy, Digital HD(TM), 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(R) 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(R) and Golden Globe(R) 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(R) 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.