EXCLUSIVE: Roma Downey and LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM, have acquired rights to New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury’s The Baxter Family novel series for television.
The 22-book 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 drama that proves the strength of faith and family. The book series has sold mroe than 20 million copies worldwide.
“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 Kingsbury. “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,” Downey said.
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.
Kingsbury is repped by Alive Literary Agency. The Baxter Family series deal was negotiated by Paradigm in partnership with Alive Literary Agency.