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Mark Burnett, Gary Barber, MGM’s chairman and CEO and Roma Downey.

A mega entertainment company has acquired a 55 percent stake in the production companies owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers behind the Emmy-nominated “The Bible” series.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. will create United Artists Media Group to serve as a home for Downey and Burnett’s entertainment ventures, which includes a faith-based channel. The acquisition also involves Hearst Entertainment Inc., an investor in Burnett and Downey’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media production entities.

“Roma and I are absolutely thrilled to be in business with Gary Barber (MGM CEO) and MGM while at the same time maintaining our amazing relationship with Steve (Hearst CEO) and Hearst,” Burnett said in astatement.  “I am honored to become the CEO of United Artists Media Group. Together we look forward to growing our television, film and digital business while also creating a whole new platform of entertainment.”

Additionally, MGM also is acquiring all of Downey, Burnett and Hearst’s interests in television shows “Survivor,” “The Voice” and “The Bible,” among others.

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