ROMA DOWNEY AND LIGHTWORKERS MEDIA ACQUIRE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN KINGSBURY'S "THE BAXTER FAMILY" SERIES
Los Angeles, CA (February 2nd, 2016) - Roma Downey and LightWorkers Media (LWM), a faith and family division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), have acquired the rights to #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury's "The Baxter Family" novel series for television. The incredible 22-book series has sold over nearly 20 million copies around the world.
"The Baxter Family" series - starting with the book Redemption - tells the story of how John and Elizabeth Baxter, and their six adult children, come together over love, loss, laughter, and life in an epic, unforgettable drama that proves the strength of faith and family.
"Working with Roma Downey to see the Baxter Family become a TV series is the most exciting thing to happen in my entire career," said Karen Kingsbury. "I couldn't be more thrilled. Roma's heart is engaged in this project because she is a reader. In her capable and talented hands, we all believe the Baxter Family will become a longstanding beloved series that will run for many years to come. My 25 million readers have been begging to see the Baxter Family on TV, and now their dreams will come true."
"At LightWorkers, we are always looking for uplifting projects and because I am such a fan of the series, it makes so much sense to bring our two brands together," said Roma Downey, President of LightWorkers Media. "In partnership with Karen, we want to bring this beloved family drama to the small screen so families can enjoy it together."
About LightWorkers Media
Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey launched LightWorkers Media (LWM) in 2011 along with her husband award winning producer Mark Burnett. LightWorkers Media is a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) with Downey serving as President of the division. LWM was launched with the children's DVD and book series "Little Angels" and its companion "Little Angels Storybook Bible." They have produced the ten-hour hit miniseries "The Bible" which was seen in the U.S. by 100 million people and was one of the fastest selling TV-to-Disc titles ever and was nominated for three Emmy awards. Additionally LWM produced the series "A.D." a sequel to "The Bible" series for NBC, "The Women of the Bible" for LIFETIME, "The Dovekeepers" for CBS, "Answered Prayers" for TLC, the feature films "Little Boy" for Open Road Films and "Woodlawn" for Pure Flix.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, earning her the distinction of being America's favorite inspirational novelist. Between the Baxter Family books and her stand-alone novels, more than 25 million copies of her award-winning titles are in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen's most recent Life-Changing Fiction(TM) titles hit No. 1 on national lists. Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen lives and works in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom were adopted from Haiti. Also living nearby is their only daughter, Kelsey, an actress in inspirational films, married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. She is a longtime client of Alive Literary Agency in Colorado Springs.