Ben Silverman, Weinstein Co. Sell Reality Show Mob Wives to VH1
The series follows four women as they pick up their lives while their husbands or fathers do time on gangster-related activities.
The Weinstein Co. and Ben Silverman's Electus have sold a reality show called Mob Wives to VH1.
The network has picked up a 10-episode, straight to series commitment, with production slated to begin after Thanksgiving. It will tentatively premiere in March 2011.
Mob Wives will follow four struggling women as they attempt to get their lives together as their husband or fathers do time in prison for mob-related activities.
Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions created the series and will serve as executive producer. JustJenn Productions and TWC have crated an exclusive deal to create scripted and reality programming.
Graziano knew some of the women and invested some money into making a video about them. The reel eventually made its way to Weinstein, who then showed it to Silverman, who was struck by their stories.
“They were balancing all the issues of being a mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend, but they were also inside another world,” Silverman said. “TV is driven by characters. That’s what makes The Office work, that’s what makes American Idol work and that’s what makes The Simpsons work. And when you find great characters in reality, you get galvanized."
The women even joined the producers in the pitch meetings with networks and channels.
Weinstein and Silverman are hoping the show launches a franchise and, in Silverman’s words, becomes a “cultural conversation starter.”