By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR has partnered with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett for the creation of a racing-themed scripted dramatic TV show, according to a press release from NASCAR on Monday.
“We have wanted to develop an orginal, scripted drama inside our sport for some time, but have been waiting to find the right partner,” NASCAR Vice President of Entertainment Marketing and Content Development Zane Stoddard said. “Mark and Roma are two of the biggest, most well-respected names in Hollywood. They share our vision for the project, and we are very excited to collaborate with them on the show.”
Burnett and Downey will be Executive Producers of the show.
“From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world,” Downey and Burnett said in a written statement. “The teams, the drivers, the fans — it’s an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American. Now to be able to partner with NASCAR, Brian France and Zane Stoddard is a dream come true.”
Burnett, the CEO of United Artists Media Group, currently is credited with being Executive Producer on 11 network television series. He’s a six-time Emmy Award winner, has two Producers Guild of America Awards, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards and five People’s Choice Awards. His shows include Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank and others.
Downey, Burnett’s wife, is an actress and producer most known for her role on the TV series Touched by an Angel, a role for which she was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
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