DRAMATIZED BIBLE EXPERIENCE HITS STORES

Dramatized, Celebrity-Voiced Audio Bible - The Bible Experience - Hits Stores Friday November 3. Zondervan and Inspired By Media Group Produce Accessible and Culturally Relevant Bible Dramatization

Zondervan, the world's leading Christian communications company, and Inspired By Media Group have released Inspired By ... The Bible Experience, the most ambitious audio dramatization of the Bible ever recorded. The Bible comes to life through the voices of more than 200 world-renowned celebrities, renowned clergy and Christian leaders, and notable personalities including Samuel L. Jackson as God, Blair Underwood as Jesus, Angela Bassett as Esther and Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Judas. Inspired By ... The Bible Experience is now available in stores nationwide, and audio samples and behind-the-scenes trailers are available at http://www.zondervan.com/BibleExperience . "While audio Bibles have been around for decades, none have truly captured the enthusiasm or spirit of the ancient text. Inspired By ... The Bible Experience draws listeners inside the Bible with the quality of a major motion picture," said Paul Caminiti, vice president and publisher of Bibles for Zondervan. "The personalities, sound effects and original musical score make this audio recording the freshest, most compelling and thoroughly modern way to learn and understand the Bible."

Zondervan partnered with Inspired By Media Group's award-winning producers to create an audio experience that combined the Today's New International Version (TNIV) Bible translation, the most accessible and readable version to date, with the finest vocal talent working today, a cinematic score, unparalleled sound design and the highest production value. With more than 1,500 recording hours logged over more than 100 days, production of the New Testament wrapped this past summer and the product has now released to stores.

Inspired By ... The Bible Experience audio Bible features a cross- generational roster of talent representing a wide variety of entertainment genres and personalities. Other voices include Charles Dutton, Kirk Franklin, Faith Evans, Tisha Campbell Martin, Eriq LaSalle, Robert Guillaume and Tatyana Ali.

"I am proud to be a part of this landmark project that has afforded me the opportunity to collaborate with so many of my peers to bring this unique and timely version of the Bible to the global marketplace," said Blair Underwood.

Inspired By ... The Bible Experience currently contains the New Testament, with the entire Bible scheduled for release in fall 2007. Retailing for $49.99, the release also includes a bonus DVD that features a behind-the- scenes "making of" video.

"Inspired By ... The Bible Experience begins with the ancient writings of the Bible and presents it orally, the same way most people have interacted with the Bible through the centuries," continues Caminiti. "But the production is a contemporary rendition, combining Hollywood's finest talent with the latest sound design. We anticipate scores of people connecting with the Bible in a fresh, compelling way."

About Inspired By Media Group

Branded by its signature banner Inspired By ... , Inspired By Media Group, Inc., is committed to serving the faith-based and general markets by creating family oriented products that are culturally relevant in scope. With more than a combined 40 years in the convergent areas of music, television, film, theater, literature, new media and technology, the company is an industry leader in delivering contemporary multimedia products. Visit Inspired By Media Group on the Web at http://www.inspiredby.com .

About Zondervan

Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, is the leading Christian communications company in the world. The company produces Bibles, books, new media products, and children's products from its Zonderkidz group. Visit Zondervan on the Web at http://www.zondervan.com .

 

 

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