McMafia Lands on Amazon Prime Video


BBC Worldwide has secured a multi-territory deal with Amazon Prime Video for McMafia.

The deal will see Amazon Prime Video premiere the series in more than 200 territories worldwide, excluding the U.K., China, U.S. and Canada, when it launches in 2018. The eight-part series, set in the international world of organized crime, was created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins.

The series was commissioned by the BBC and is co-production between BBC, AMC Networks and Cuba Pictures. McMafia will premiere on BBC One in the U.K. in 2018. The cast includes James Norton, David Strathairn and Juliet Rylance.

Paul Dempsey, the president of global markets at BBC Worldwide, said: “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, the VP 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.”

Amini and Watkins added: “McMafia is the story of our contemporary globalized 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 of Cuba Pictures, remarked: “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.”