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History takes ‘Ark’ from September

Company earns $6 million in U.S.

LONDON — “Bridezillas” producer September Films has picked up over $6 million worth of new business in the U.S., including an order from the History Channel for a two-hour feature doc on the Ark of the Covenant.

Set to air next year, “The Lost Ark of the Covenant” will follow University of London professor Tudor Parfitt, described as a “British Indiana Jones,” on a quest to discover the location of the Ark.

U.K. rights have been bought by Channel 4, which will simultaneously air a 90-minute version of the film.

Martin Kemp is producer and director for September Films, while Susan Werbe and Dirk Hoogstra are the commissioning editors for the History Channel.

September, which was acquired by DCD Media this summer for £9.06 million, has also picked up an order for a fifth season of its flagship reality series “Bridezillas” for WE, bringing the total number of episodes to 78 hours.

The 22 x 60-minute episodes will be produced out of September’s Los Angeles office and will air from June. Jeff Collins will exec produce.

Both shows will be distributed by DCD Media-owned NBDtv, which has just restructured its sales and acquisitions team following this year’s acquisitions of September Films, Prospect Pictures and West Park Pictures.

With the addition of September International’s library of more than 600 hours, NBDtv now represents more than 3,600 hours of programming.

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