8 Mark Bur­nett & Roma Downey

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Me­dia, £375m

It has been a long jour­ney for Mark Bur­nett — from a child­hood in Da­gen­ham, where his par­ents worked for Ford, to su­per­star sta­tus in Hol­ly­wood. But his A list cre­den­tials as the top pro­ducer in Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion were con­firmed in Septem­ber 2014 when the MGM stu­dio spent $343m for a 55% stake in the TV pro­duc­tion com­pany run by the former Bri­tish para and Falk­lands vet­eran and his Ir­ish ac­tress wife, Roma Downey. Their com­pany One Three Me­dia holds rights to re­al­ity hits such as The Voice, Sur­vivor, The Ap­pren­tice and Shark Tank. Bur­nett and Downey have had a re­cent hit with The

Bi­ble, a mini-se­ries, which is be­ing fol­lowed by a se­quel AD. The pair are also work­ing on a re-make of Ben Hur. The new MGM deal val­ues the busi­ness at around £400m. Past sale pro­ceeds and the £100m value of their re­main­ing stake take Bur­nett and Downey to £375m.

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