October Films and Motion are behind new eight-part documentary series Colosseum, for the History Channel.

Launching on July 17th, the series  brings to life the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the lens of the colosseum.

From the story of a gladiator’s life as a slave-warrior to the ways Rome’s emperors used the amphitheatre to demonstrate total power, Colosseum offers viewers a look inside history’s most iconic empire. Each episode pinpoints one of eight key and diverse characters – all based on real people from history. Spanning several hundred years, the series unfolds chronologically, from the arena’s opening day to its last games.

Colosseum uses dramatic live action sequences and special effects to create the personal narrative of each historic character. The premium series features commentary with leading experts.

Jim Greayer serves as showrunner for October Films. Executive producers for October Films are Jos Cushing, Chris Muckle and Matt Robins. Series producer is Johanna Woodford Gibbon. 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 holds worldwide distribution rights to Colosseum.

Pippa Considine

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