The World’s Largest Audio Bible Production Becomes First to Partner with the Best-Selling NIV Bible Translation

NIV Live Brings Together Oscar®, Emmy® and Grammy® Nominees and Winners, and Some of America’s Best-Known Pastors

VAN NUYS, Calif., Sept. 23, 2013 – The creative team behind the No.1 selling audio Bible in history, Inspired By… The Bible Experience, has done it again. They have created the largest audio-Bible production to date using the world’s No. 1 English-language translation, the New International Version (NIV), to create NIV Live: A Bible Experience. With audio performances from Oscar®, Emmy® and Grammy Award® nominees and winners, as well as some of today’s most respected and dynamic pastors, NIV Live gives listeners a cinematic audio experience of Scripture.

Stars such as Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Antonio Sabàto Jr. (General Hospital), CCH Pounder (The Shield) and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) have joined respected pastors such as Craig Groeschel (YouVersion and LifeChurch.TV), Erwin McManus (Mosaic Church), Jonathan Falwell (Thomas Road Baptist Church), and Robert Jeffress (First Baptist Church in Dallas) to lend their voices to this all-star ensemble cast.

“Part of the beauty of NIV Live is that it doesn’t belong to any one segment of the Christian community,” said Chip Hurd, director of both productions. “The cast transcends denomination and demographics to unite the whole Christian family around God’s Word.”

Distributed by Zondervan, NIV Live will be available everywhere Bibles are sold beginning October 1.

“We are pleased to partner with the stellar creative team behind The Bible Experience to bring this Hollywood-quality, cinematic audio production into the most popular NIV Bible Translation,” said Chip Brown, senior vice president and group publisher for Zondervan.

From Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments to the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible, the Bible has long been a source of inspiration for Hollywood. NIV Live has a rare combination of Hollywood A-listers and leading pastors from some of the Christian community’s fastest-growing churches, giving God’s Word a fresh, unique voice.

Supporting the performances of the distinguished cast is NIV Live’s award-winning audio track and cinematic, musical underscore.

The diverse cast also includes:

  • Tatyana Ali
  • Phil Morris
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Martha Munizzi
  • Norm Lewis
  • Glynn Turman
  • Pastor Dudley Rutherford

NIV Live is available in three formats:

  • A 79-disc CD set with a bonus DVD featuring the making of NIV Live
  • A downloadable digital version with multiplatform access
  • A mobile app for iOS, Android, Nook, etc.

Inspired Properties is an entertainment company producing faith-based, culturally relevant entertainment with the highest production values. Led by a team with a combined 40-years in the entertainment industry, Inspired Properties brings excellence in production to timeless truth. Inspired Properties’ latest production, NIV Live: A Bible Experience, is available at NIVLive.com.

About Zondervan
Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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