Magazine article Screen International

BBC Worldwide, Amazon Prime Video Make Multi-Territory Deal on 'McMafia'

Magazine article Screen International

BBC Worldwide, Amazon Prime Video Make Multi-Territory Deal on 'McMafia'

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Series set to premier on BBC One in the UK next year.

BBC Worldwide has announced that it has completed a multi-territory deal with Amazon Prime Video for McMafia, the upcoming eight-part series set in the international world of organised crime.

Amazon Prime Video will distribute the series in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, excluding the UK, China, and North America, when it launches in 2018.

Hossein Amini and James Watkins created the series inspired by the non-fiction book by Misha Glenny, and all three will serve as executive producers. McMafia centres on Alex Godman, 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 , his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them and Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

James Norton, David Strathairn, and Juliet Rylance star. Additional cast includes Faye Marsay and Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov as Dimitri, Alex’s father. Watkins is directing all episodes of the eight-part series.

The BBC commissioned McMafia, which is a co-production between BBC, AMC Networks and Cuba Pictures, in association with Twickenham Studios. …

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