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SundanceTV Nabs Italian Crime Drama ‘Gomorrah’ From Weinstein Co.

SundanceTV has acquired the first two seasons of Italian crime drama “Gomorrah” from The Weinstein Company. The first 12-episode season is set to premiere on the cable network in summer 2016.

Based on a best-selling book by Roberto Saviano, the series tells the story of the Neapoliton crime organization Camorra. It is told from the perspective of Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore), the right hand of clan godfather Pietro Savastanno (Fortunato Cerlino).

The series joins a 2016 drama-series slate at Sundance that includes “Hap and Leonard,” “The Last Panthers,” “Cleverman,” “The A Word” and “Rectify,” which enters its final season.

“I congratulate the entire team at SundanceTV and AMC for having the acumen to bring this show to U.S. audiences,” Weinstein Co.’s co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

Saviano’s book has sold 10 million copies worldwide and was adapted into the film “Gomorrah,” which won the 2008 Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“‘Gomorrah’ is a hard-hitting drama with a healthy dose of Shakespearean tragedy,” commented SundanceTV and AMC’s president of original programming and development, Joel Stillerman. “SundanceTV prides itself on presenting distinctive stories from unique points of view, and ‘Gomorrah’s’ gritty exploration of the Comorra mob families in Naples is no exception. This drama proved extremely popular in Italy and we’re thrilled that SundanceTV will be its exclusive U.S. home.”

“Gomorrah” is written by Stefano Bises and directed by Stefano Sollima, Francesca Comencini and Claudio Cupellini. It is produced by Sky Atlantic, Cattleya and Fandango in association with La7 and Beta Film. Giovanni Bianconi, Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli, Ludovica Rampoldi and Roberto Saviano developed the series for television. “Gomorrah” is distributed by the Weinstein Company.

David Glasser and Michal Podell Steinberg negotiated the SundanceTV-“Gomorrah” deal on behalf of the Weinstein Co. with Melissa Landau on behalf of SundanceTV.

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