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Kingsbury “Baxter Family” TV Series in Development

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Rick Christian, President
Alive Literary Agency

February 4, 2016–Colorado Springs, CORoma Downey and LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM, have acquired rights to adapt #1 New York Times bestselling-author Karen Kingsbury’s The Baxter Family novels as a TV series, announced Alive Literary Agency President Rick Christian today.

“Karen’s 25 million readers have been clamoring for this for years, and their support atop Roma’s amazing track record and industry expertise will help “The Baxters” become to this generation what the TV series “The Waltons” or “Little House on the Prairie” were to earlier generations,” Christian said, noting that this deal builds on record audience response for her three Hallmark Channel movies. The first aired last December, with two more airing in March and May.

The 23-book Baxter novels, starting with Redemption, tell the story of John and Elizabeth Baxter and their six adult children as they encounter love and loss, and share their hopes and fears in an epic drama that proves the strength of faith and family. The novels were published by Tyndale and Zondervan.

“Working with Roma Downey to see the Baxter Family become a TV series is the most exciting thing to happen in my career,” said Kingsbury. “In her capable and talented hands, we all believe the Baxter Family will become a longstanding, beloved series that runs for many years to come.”

“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,” Downey said.

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About LightWorkers Media: LightWorkers Media, launched in 2011 by Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, is now a division of MGM, whose TV operation is run by Burnett. The company was behind the Emmy-nominated The Bible miniseries; 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; and feature films Little Boy for Open Road 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. More than 25 million copies of her award-winning books are in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen’s most recent Life-Changing Fiction™ titles hit #1 on national lists. Karen lives in Nashville, TN.

About Alive Literary Agency: Alive Literary Agency is located in Colorado Springs, CO, and best known for its mega-selling franchises and expanding work in film and television. Best-sellers include Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for Real (12 million copies), Karen Kingsbury’s novels (25 million copies); the Left Behind series (nearly 70 million copies); Eugene Peterson’s The Message (20 million copies); Lisa Beamer’s post 9-11 Let’s Roll! (1.5 million copies), and Steve Arterburn and Dave Stoop’s Life Recovery Bible (2.5 million copies). Books represented by Alive have sold more than 250 million copies since its founding by Rick Christian in 1989. Other authors and organizations Alive proudly serves include Maria Goff, Henri Nouwen Trust, Melanie Shankle, Brian Welch, She Reads Truth, Nick Hall, Brennan Manning, Michael Hyatt, (in)courage-Dayspring,  Lynn Vincent, Ray Johnston, Jamie Blaine, and Brandon Hatmaker.