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TCA: CuriosityStream builds up 2020 programming line-up

CuriosityStream has bolstered its 2020 programming line-up with a robust offering of new original series as part of the indie factual media company’s Television Critics Association winter press tour presentation ...
January 17, 2020

CuriosityStream has bolstered its 2020 programming line-up with a robust offering of new original series as part of the indie factual media company’s Television Critics Association winter press tour presentation on Friday (Jan. 17).

Among the eight titles joining CuriosityStream’s expansive library – consisting of more than 3,000 titles – in the first half of 2020 are 4th and Forever: Muck City (pictured) and Pompeii: Disaster Street.

A CuriosityStream Original Series, 4th and Forever: Muck City (8 x 30 minutes) will document two small towns in southern Florida that pump out more professional football players per capita than any other city in America, while Pompeii: Disaster Street (2 x 60 minutes; a copro with Gedeon Programmes) will provide exclusive access into the archaeological digs that have uncovered new streets and villas in ancient Pompeii.

Joining the aforementioned programs are Secrets of the Solar System (8 x 60 minutes; copro with Bigger Bang Productions), offering the “ultimate guide” to the solar system as explained by the world’s top space scientists; Unsinkable: Japan’s Lost Battleship (1 x 60 minutes; copro with Vulcan Productions, Lone Wolf Media and NHK), which looks to unravel the secretes of Japan’s World War II-era battleship Musashi, one the heaviest and most powerfully armed ships ever constructed, which sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944; and The History of Home (3 x 60 minutes; a CuriosityStream Original), which journeys the globe to discover what makes our houses – from the past, present and future – homes.

Also forming CuriosityStream’s 2020 unscripted line-up are Man vs. Time (8 x 60; coproduced with DBCom Media and Gedeon Programmes), which delves into the “mind-boggling” calculations that define our existence; Our Livable Universe (3 x 60 minutes; co-produced with NHK), which explores the latest galactic findings that put humanity on the verge of discovering new planets where life can thrive; and The French Revolution (2 x 60 minutes; co-produced with Nilaya Productions), a documentary-style shot program that will provide viewers with a look at the French Revolution in real time. 

“From Our Livable Universe with NHK to Unsinkable: Japan’s Lost Battleship with Vulcan Productions, we are working with the world’s very best filmmakers and production partners to tell stories that reveal fascinating new details about the world around us,” said Rob Burk, head of content for CuriosityStream, in a statement. “CuriosityStream brings viewers new experiences and in-depth explorations that demystify science, nature, history, technology, society and lifestyle that satisfies the need to know that is inside all of us.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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