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AMC 'Making of the Mob' Miniseries to Tell Stories of Notorious Gangsters

By    |   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 10:13 AM

AMC announced its investment in "Making of the Mob: New York" over the weekend, a miniseries set to premiere this summer as the network seeks to immerse itself into the gangster culture from 1905 and examine some of the most notorious figures.

AMC said during Saturday's Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, that it will kick off each of the eight, hour-long episodes with a mob drama from its "Mob Week" archives, Variety reported.

"Making of the Mob" will be executive produced by Stephen David, of Stephen David Entertainment, which produced "The World Wars" and "The Men Who Built America."

"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," Joel Stillerman, AMC's executive vice president of original programming, production, and digital content, said in a statement.

"'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," Stillerman added.

AMC said the series will trace the rise of the mob and its original families for more than 50 years using a mixture a dramatic recreations, archival footage, and special effects. The series will focus on the rise of Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegal, and others from teenage neighborhood criminals to heads of the criminal underworld, noted AMC.

"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 statement continued.

David said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that the series will be driven by the personal stories of people connected closely with the mobsters.

"I'm fascinated by people and relaying history through the personal stories of what they really did," he said. "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."

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AMC announced its investment in "Making of the Mob: New York" over the weekend, a miniseries set to premiere this summer as the network seeks to immerse itself into the gangster culture from 1905 and examine some of the most notorious figures.
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