Amazon Prime Video secures global organised crime drama McMafia

With a stellar cast, brilliant writing and huge international appeal McMafia has all the makings of a modern day classic and we’re delighted that Amazon will be taking the series to its audiences around the world.Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide
Date: 28.09.2017     Last updated: 03.10.2017 at 15.45
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide deal with Amazon Prime Video will bring international thriller, starring James Norton, David Strathairn, and Juliet Rylance, to customers in more than 200 countries and territories.

BBC Worldwide announces today that it has completed a multi-territory deal with Amazon Prime Video for McMafia – the forthcoming eight-part series set in the international world of organised crime.  The deal will see Amazon Prime Video premiere the series in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, excluding the UK, China, US and Canada (North America), when it launches in 2018.

Created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, McMafia is inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book by Misha Glenny. Featuring a distinguished international cast, McMafia tells the story of Alex Godman (Norton), an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past.  As he starts building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Rylance), his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them and Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.  The series was commissioned by the BBC and is co-production between BBC, AMC Networks and Cuba Pictures.  The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK in 2018.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Worldwide says:  “With a stellar cast, brilliant writing and huge international appeal McMafia has all the makings of a modern day classic and we’re delighted that Amazon will be taking the series to its audiences around the world.”

 “McMafia is a compelling international story that our Prime Video customers around the world are going to love,” said Brad Beale, Vice President of Prime Video TV Content Acquisition. “With a fascinating premise, talented writers and distinguished cast, McMafia will be a great addition to our stable of high quality hit shows that are available exclusively to Prime members.”

Creators Hossein Amini and James Watkins say: “McMafia is the story of our contemporary globalised world and the criminal underworlds that compete and thrive just beneath its surface. It is a truly international show, spanning dozens of countries, and we are thrilled that through our collaboration with Amazon we can reach the global audience it was always meant for.

Nick Marston, CEO, Cuba Pictures, says: “We are thrilled to be working with Amazon. I don't think there could be a better home for this project, given their global reach and the quality of programmes they are associated with. BBC Worldwide, who have been instrumental in brokering this deal, have been fantastically supportive and enthusiastic partners from the start.”

Additional cast include, Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game Of Thrones) and renowned Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) as Dimitri, Alex’s father.  James Watkins is directing all episodes of the eight-part series.

McMafia is a co-production by the BBC, AMCN and Cuba Pictures in association with Twickenham Studios, distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. It is executive produced by Nick Marston, Dixie Linder, Ben Hall, and Robyn Slovo for Cuba Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Hossein Amini, James Watkins and Misha Glenny. Paul Ritchie is producing.




For more information, please contact:

Jamila Atta

BBC Worldwide, Communications Officer , Global Brands & Content

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