Leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne) announced today it secured the international television distribution rights to AMC’s docu-series “The Making of the Mob: New York,” chronicling the historical roots of the original five families that led to the formation of the modern American mafia.
Utilizing an immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage and groundbreaking VFX, “The Making of the Mob: New York” will begin in 1905 and span over 50 years to trace the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, and other notorious gangsters from their beginnings as a neighborhood gang of teenagers to murderous entrepreneurs and bootleggers who organized the criminal underworld and turned it into an American institution.
Produced by Emmy award-winning Stephen David Entertainment (“The World Wars,” “The Men Who Built America”), the series will also feature interviews with historians, authors, actors, law enforcement personnel and family members, including: actors Joe Mantegna and Drea de Matteo; mob attorney and former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman; author, David Pierusza, who is an expert on Lucky Luciano’s criminal mentor Arnold Rothstein; and Meyer Lansky’s grandson, Meyer Lansky II, among others. Executive produced by Stephen David, “The Making of the Mob: New York” will consist of eight, one-hour episodes and will premiere in second quarter 2015 on AMC in the U.S.
“We are so pleased to expand eOne’s relationship with AMC and add this high-end event mini-series to the eOne portfolio,” said Stuart Baxter President, eOne Television International. “AMC is a great partner to work with, producing top quality programming, and The Making of the Mob: New York is event television at its best, with strong international appeal.”
This deal builds on the growing partnership between the two companies and is incremental to their exclusive international output arrangement in which eOne handles worldwide distribution for original scripted content from U.S. based AMC Networks’ AMC and SundanceTV. As part of the multi-year distribution agreement, eOne controls the international television rights to the critically-acclaimed trifecta of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn” along with SundanceTV’s “The Red Road,” all of which saw strong appointment-to-view results and were recently renewed for second seasons. The agreement also includes a number of shows that will premiere in the coming years including the highly-anticipated “Badlands,” one of AMCs most ambitious projects to date.
eOne has successfully sold the pay and free TV rights of the AMC and SundanceTV portfolio to major international markets including the most recently announced multi-year television content deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video for first-run access in the UK and Germany.
Through strong relationships with broadcasters and content providers, eOne Television International has successfully sold eOne’s original and third-party productions to over 500 broadcasters in 150 countries, including key US networks and international pay TV channels.