MSNBC takes ‘Lockup’ overseas

Cable show goes on 'World Tour'

MSNBC is taking its “Lockup” brand overseas.

News cabler has picked up the spinoff “Lockup: World Tour,” which will include visits to prisons in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“Lockup: World Tour” is the fourth edition of the docu franchise from 44 Blue Prods. that, besides the original “Lockup,” has also included “Lockup: Extended Stay” and “Lockup: Raw.”

Company plans to shoot inside maximum security prisons in are located in Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

Rasha Drachkovitch, prexy of 44 Blue Prods., said the producer’s team will be the first U.S. film crew allowed to shoot in some of these prisons.

“While life in U.S. prisons can be shocking, it’s nothing compared to what goes on in prisons around the world,” he said.

“Lockup” first launched in 2000 and visited more than 60 maximum security prisons in the U.S. Later editions included 2007’s “Extended Stay,” in which producers spent months in one prison at a time, including San Quentin.

Drachkovitch and MSNBC’s Elise Warner are exec producers on “Lockup.”

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