Amazon Takes BBC/AMC Drama 'McMafia' Outside of North America, U.K.

McMafia starring James Norton

Amazon Prime Video takes the eight-part series, set in the international world of organized crime, for more than 200 countries and territories, excluding the U.S., Canada, Britain and China.

BBC Worldwide said Thursday that it has completed a multi-territory deal with Amazon Prime Video for McMafia, the upcoming eight-part BBC and AMC series set in the international world of organized crime.

The deal will see Amazon Prime Video premiere the series in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, excluding the U.K., the U.S., Canada and China, where Amazon doesn't offer its streaming service, when it launches in 2018.

Created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, McMafia is inspired by the best-selling non-fiction book of the same title by Misha Glenny. Featuring an international cast, it tells the story of Alex Godman (James Norton), an English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, who has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past. As he starts building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Juliet Rylance), his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them.

"McMafia is a compelling international story that our Prime Video customers around the world are going to love,” said Brad Beale, 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.”

Said Paul Dempsey, president global markets at BBC Worldwide: "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."