Doc's cable broadcast watched by 4.1 million
International distributors Richard Lorber and David Fox have reteamed to distribute “Lost Tomb of Jesus” on DVD worldwide.The 105-minute doc, exec produced by James Cameron, purports to offer proof of the discovery of Jesus’ family tomb in Jerusalem. The findings include evidence suggesting Jesus and Mary Magdalene were a couple and that they had a son named Judah. The initial broadcast on Discovery in the U.S. attracted 4.1 million viewers, the net’s largest audience in 18 months, and stimulated considerable controversy. Discovery declined to re-air it on its main channel and has downplayed it on its Web site. Fox said that he expected worldwide interest to surge over the next few months as many major broadcasters — TF1 in France, ProSieben in Germany and Channel 4 in the U.K. — are scheduled to air the program. “This subject of mythic proportions galvanized us to work together again,” said Lorber. Project is the first on which Fox and Lorber have partnered since the early ’90s, when Fox exited their company, Fox/Lorber Associates.Their business paths have not converged again until now. The first deal, for North American rights, is already in place with Koch Entertainment. On April 24, the DVD will be released with some 15 minutes of new material addressing various aspects of the controversy. Fox and Lorber will attend Mipdoc and Mip TV (April 14-20) in Cannes to launch the foreign sales effort.
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