TMC Entertainment Announces Start of Photography on its $7.5m Miniseries’ For PBS, Walking the Bible, a Journey through the Five Books of Moses and Abraham, A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

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Emmy Award-winning producer Drew S. Levin’s TMC Entertainment announced today that principal photography will begin late September in Turkey and Israel on its two highly anticipated PBS miniseries, Walking the Bible and Abraham. Both miniseries are based on the bestselling books by author Bruce Feiler and will be hosted by Feiler and Avner Goren, one of the leading biblical archaeologists on both the old and new testaments. Walking the Bible and Abraham will be broadcast on PBS as a primetime event tentatively scheduled for Fall 2005. KQED Public Television, the San Francisco PBS station, has signed an agreement with TMC to be the presenting station. The ambitious projects will be filmed on three continents, in ten countries, including one of the most volatile areas of the Middle East, Iraq, the birthplace of Abraham, the father of the three great modern religions. Feiler and Goren will travel 10,000 miles to bring these epic journeys to life.

In a further development, TMC Entertainment has signed a long-term production and licensing deal with Bruce Feiler, which provides the rights to produce all of the upcoming Walking the Bible books as major event miniseries. Working with Feiler’s publishers Harper Collins, TMC is also planning to produce a special one-of-a-kind photography book utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology to capture the incredible journey and its historical locations on special high resolution paper with 3-D maps of ancient and modern Biblical sites.

Both series will be executive produced by TMC Entertainment’s Drew S. Levin and his long-time associate, Jim Coane. Levin and Coane each won an Emmy for their critically acclaimed PBS series, Future Quest, hosted by Jeff Goldblum. Levin has assembled an impressive international production team which includes renowned British producer Rebecca Dobbs, who is best known for the BBC/PBS mini-series, Conquistadors and In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. Also joining the production are Alex Gregory, a multiple Emmy Award winner (The Living Eden and The Secret Life of 118 Green Street), who will co-write the mini-series with Feiler and BAFTA award-winner David Wallace (In Search of Shakespeare (2003), Conquistadors (2000), In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (1998) who is set to direct both projects.

“It has been very rewarding to see Feiler’s epic journey translate into a fully scripted 6-hour primetime event for PBS. We are thrilled to have signed David Wallace to direct Walking the Bible and Abraham. His skill as a film maker will add enormous visual appeal to this historic event and its pursuit to further educate viewers,” said Levin. “The Bible is not only a book of history, of stories and of faith. It’s also a guidebook – the greatest guidebook ever written,” added Levin.

“All of us at PBS are delighted that production has commenced on these two timely series, and we look forward to offering our viewers a compelling exploration of the Bible’s origins and the world’s three great religions through Feiler and Goren’s eyes,” said Jacoba Atlas, Sr. Vice President, PBS Programming.

“KQED is honored to be associated with this monumental television project and pleased to present these two fascinating miniseries to PBS stations nationwide. Walking the Bible and Abraham are just the type of intelligent, beautifully produced and timely programs that draw broad PBS audiences. Filming in HDTV is also a plus as more and more broadcasters seek out state-of-the-art digital content,” said John L. Boland, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at KQED.

Filming on the two miniseries will commence in Turkey at the foothills of Mount Ararat where Noah’s journey commenced in the Ark. It will continue in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and even Iraq, as Feiler traces the origins of Abraham. Walking the Bible and Abraham will be filmed on high-definition digital video utilizing state-of-the-art CGI and 3D animation for historical geographical maps and reenactments. A 12-hour version will also be released on DVD for on-air, retail and home distribution. TMC plans to provide a sneak preview to international buyers at the upcoming MIPCOM festival in Cannes, France in early October.

TMC Entertainment was founded in 2002 by Emmy Award-winning producer Drew S. Levin. TMC Entertainment has an impressive track record in developing and producing some of the most creative television projects to date. In particular, the firm has established an international network for collaboration and co-production on major event projects. From its headquarters in Los Angeles, TMC Entertainment, along with sister offices in New York and London, handles a full spectrum of television projects ranging from scripted and unscripted drama and comedy to reality programming and documentaries. /

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