Roma Downey's LightWorkers Media Acquires
Alice Hoffman’s bestselling novel “The Dovekeepers”


Los Angeles, CA - September 16, 2013 - Roma Downey, executive producer and star of the Emmy® nominated, THE BIBLE series and her production company LightWorkers Media, announced today that it has acquired all rights to Alice Hoffman’s thrilling saga, and New York Times bestselling novel The Dovekeepers. The mesmerizing story, set in ancient Israel in the year 70 C.E., is the tale of a Jewish settlement of 960 people who have taken a last refuge on the plateau of Masada after escaping the violent Roman destruction of Jerusalem. The Roman Legion now surrounds them in Masada and prepares to brutally invade. Hoffman beautifully weaves together fact and fiction in her telling of the saga of four extraordinary women who come together to tend to the doves in Masada.

“When I read ‘The Dovekeepers’ I completely fell in love with this story of Masada told through these compelling characters,” says Downey. "Everyone I knew was reading and discussing it. I immediately reached out to Alice Hoffman and secured the rights. I am thrilled that we at LightWorkers Media will get to turn this best selling novel into an epic mini series that will be a major television event. This novel is a testament to the human spirit and how love can rise from the ashes of war. The story is quite simply, an amazing story of heroism and hope; it is a story that must be seen. At LightWorkers Media we are interested in uplifting content, that touches the heart and shines a light of hope and ‘The Dovekeepers’ does exactly that.”

"I'm thrilled and delighted that Roma Downey plans to bring the women of The Dovekeepers to life,” says author Hoffman. “Her passion and commitment entwine history and drama to illuminate both the ancient world and the world we live in now."

Alice Hoffman is one of the most distinguished novelists of this generation, having published twenty-one novels, three books of short fiction and eight books for children and young adults. Her work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions and have been counted among notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal and People Magazine. ‘The Dovekeepers’ is considered by many to be her masterpiece.

Roma Downey is an Emmy nominated producer and actress from Northern Ireland. She is best known for producing "The Bible" series and for her role on the long-running American TV series “Touched by an Angel” for which she received two Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Aside from her role as executive producer of “The Bible” Downey also plays the role of Mother Mary in the Emmy® nominated, epic 10-hour miniseries series, which features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects breathing spectacular life into the sacred text. Roma Downey and her husband and partner, producer Mark Burnett recently announced that their production company, LightWorkers Media will produce the feature film SON OF GOD to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.