Producing the 10-hour "Bible" miniseries was a challenging project for all involved, from setting the script with the guidance of more than 40 scholars and faith leaders to a grueling five-month shoot in Morocco last year.
But they also complemented each other by bringing different skills sets to the table. Burnett's background as a swashbuckling reality TV producer came in handy during remote location shoots. Downey's experience as an actress and producer of TV movies helped her shape the on-camera experience for "Bible" thesps.
"I don't know that one of us could have done it without the other," she said.
LightWorkers is now working on a "Bible" follow-up for NBC that is envisioned as a regular historical series, "AD: Beyond the Bible." Downey is closely involved in guiding the development of those scripts. She's also recently optioned the rights to Alice Hoffman's 2011 novel "The Dovekeepers" to develop as a miniseries.
"The intention behind LightWorkers is not solely to do faith-based productions, but we do have a bias toward the family and stories that shine a real light of positivity and love," Downey says.
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