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CuriosityStream digs into ancient Rome with “Pompeii: Disaster Street”

American factual SVOD CuriosityStream is aiming to unearth new facts and revelations surrounding the disaster of ancient Pompeii when Pompeii: Disaster Street premieres in mid-March. As previously announced, the CuriosityStream original ...
February 13, 2020

American factual SVOD CuriosityStream is aiming to unearth new facts and revelations surrounding the disaster of ancient Pompeii when Pompeii: Disaster Street premieres in mid-March.

As previously announced, the CuriosityStream original series (2 x 60 minutes) will provide exclusive access to the ancient Roman city’s first large-scale archaeological dig in more than 70 years, where archaeologists have unearthed new streets and villas.

Pompeii: Disaster Street will follow archaeologists over a 10-month period as they look to reveal new evidence of the daily life, works of art, mythical figures and human remains of Pompeii — the crown jewel of the Roman Empire at the time that Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The two-part special makes significant discoveries and leverages new technologies and science to recreate the final hours of those that perished in the eruption’s aftermath. Featured technologies include photogrammetry, which utilizes the mapping of thousands of photos on a wireframe of laser data points to create a 3D image of streets and houses.

Pompeii: Disaster Street, which premieres March 19 on CuriosityStream, is coproduced by France’s Gedeon Programmes and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.

For CuriosityStream, Steve Burns is executive producer alongside Gedeon Programmes’ Stephane Milliere.

“Archaeologists have uncovered entirely new areas and houses in ancient Pompeii; the first excavation there of this scale in 70 years, and with Pompeii: Disaster Street we are using the latest science and discoveries to tell the human story of what happened to the city’s residents,” said Clint Stinchcomb, president and CEO of CuriosityStream, in a statement. “CuriosityStream is providing viewers exclusive access to the dig as well as new DNA science that is enhancing our understanding of history.”

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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