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History Channel preps “Colosseum” docuseries from October Films and Motion

The History Channel has set a July 17 premiere for the premium docuseries Colosseum, which recounts the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the history of ...
June 21, 2022

The History Channel has set a July 17 premiere for the premium docuseries Colosseum, which recounts the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the history of the iconic arena.

Spanning several hundred years, from the Colosseum’s opening day to the final gladiatorial games in the 5th century, the eight-part series will examine the history and culture of the Roman Empire from a variety of perspectives by focusing on eight key characters — all of them based on real people from history, and selected from a range of diverse backgrounds and social standings. Spotlighting one character per episode, the series will use dramatic recreations to bring their stories to life, and will also feature commentary from leading experts on and scholars of the Roman Empire.

Colosseum is produced for the History Channel by October Films and Motion. Jim Greayer serves as showrunner for October Films, while Johanna Woodford Gibbon is series producer. Jos Cushing, Chris Muckle and Matt Robins are executive producing for October, and the executive producers for Motion are Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. Eli Lehrer, Mary E. Donahue, Mike Stiller and Brooke Townsend serve as executive producers for the History Channel. A+E Networks retains worldwide distribution rights.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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