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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 28, 2016

GRB Options 2 Books on Christianity by NYT Best-Selling Author Isbouts of Santa Barbara, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA – (November 28, 2016) – Global production company GRB Entertainment announced today it has optioned film, television and digital/OTT rights for New York Times Best-Selling book, Archaeology of the Bible, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. On sale now from publisher National Geographic Books, the book examines hundreds of significant archaeological discoveries linked to the biblical narrative in a historical context and from an objective, non-denominational perspective, in addition to discussing what has yet to be located. The book includes a number of the most recent discoveries, including the ongoing excavation of Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene, and the discovery of Herod’s palace in Jerusalem, where sc holars believe Jesus was tried by Pilate.

GRB Entertainment President and CEO, Gary R. Benz made the announcement.

This is the second title by Isbouts to be optioned by GRB; his The Story of Christianity, published by National Geographic Books in 2014, was optioned last year by GRB. Currently in development as a 12-part series, the book is a cultural chronicling of Christianity through the lens of iconic locations, biblical figures and pivotal moments in the history of the Christian faith.

Said Benz, “Mining the incredible storytelling and scholarly analysis of Jean-Pierre’s work on Christianity and the Bible gives us the opportunity to bring history to life in compelling and comprehensive ways. This project exemplifies what GRB is all about – creating powerful and fascinating content that engages viewers of all backgrounds, creeds and points of view.”

About the Author
Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a historian and doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He has published widely on the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including two best-sellers: The Biblical World, published by National Geographic Books in 2007, and In the Footsteps of Jesus, published by National Geographic Books in 2012. His other books include Young Jesus: Restoring the Lost Years of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident (Sterling, 2008); From Moses to Muhammad: The Shared Origins of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Pantheon, 2010); and Who’s Who in the Bible, published by National Geographic Books in 2013; The Story of Christianity, published by the National Geographic Books in 2014; and Jesus: An Illustrated Life, published by the National Geographic Books in 2015. An award-winning filmmaker, Dr. Isbouts has also produced a number of programs, including Charlton Heston’s Voyage Through the Bible (GoodTimes, 1998), The Quest for Peace (Hallmark, 2003) and Young Jesus (PBS, 2008). His website is www.jpisbouts.org.

About GRB Entertainment
GRB Entertainment, founded by Emmy-winning producer Gary R. Benz, is a veteran producer of groundbreaking unscripted and alternative programming, with current series including the Emmy-winning Intervention for A&E and Untold Stories of the ER for TLC. In the scripted space, GRB’s first feature, Bad Night, a teen comedy starring top social influencers Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen (aka LoveLaurenElizabeth) and Jenn McAllister (aka JennXPenn) premiered on Netflix and Vimeo On Demand in 2015. In addition, GRB has cultivated an extremely successful worldwide distribution division with 2,000 hours of programming airing in primetime in more than 190 countries. International distribution partners include Discovery Communications, National Geographic, OWN, VH1, Spike, WE tv, MTV, CNBC, Live Nation, Fox, dick clark productions, and more who distribute over a variety of platforms including linear, digital, mobile, and VOD. For more, visit grbtv.com.

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