AMC announced today that the network will premiere a special event mini-series 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. The docu-drama is being produced by Emmy Award-winning Stephen David Entertainment ("The World Wars," "The Men Who Built America") and will consist of eight, one-hour episodes premiering in second quarter 2015.
Utilizing an immersive blend of dramatic scenes, archival footage and groundbreaking VFX, 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. 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.
The network will extend the Mafia theme by partnering each episode of Making of the Mob: New York with a lead-in from their extensive library of iconic mobster films. Long the cornerstones of the popular annual "Mob Week" programming event, titles include The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, American Gangster, Donnie Brasco, Scarface, Casino and Carlito's Way.
Said Joel Stillerman, AMC's executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content:
"We have a long tradition of airing many of the greatest movies about organized crime and have wanted to pair those movies with a piece of original programming for some time. Stephen David brought us a show that reminded us what an absolutely spectacular story the truth is with respect to the rise of organized crime in America and the formation of the legendary Five Families. 'Making of The Mob: New York' features fantastic, larger-than-life characters and drama that is better than fiction in every way. This is definitely event television."
Added Stephen David, executive producer and president, Stephen David Entertainment:
"I'm fascinated by people and relaying history through the personal stories of what they really did. While there have been a number of great films, television shows and books about the Mob in America, the entire story has never been put together like this, and I think viewers will be surprised at the very human story of how these men created their own success and made America their land of opportunity."
Making of the Mob: New York is executive produced by Stephen David, with Eliot Goldberg and Marco Bresaz overseeing for the network.