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ITN Productions readies “Drug Lords” for Netflix

UK-based ITN Productions is creating a docu-drama series for Netflix revealing the stories of infamous drug lords. Premiering Jan. 19, Drug Lords looks at the rise, reign and fall of the world’s ...
January 12, 2018

UK-based ITN Productions is creating a docu-drama series for Netflix revealing the stories of infamous drug lords.

Premiering Jan. 19, Drug Lords looks at the rise, reign and fall of the world’s most notorious narcos. Figures profiled include Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar (pictured, left) and “American Gangster” Frank Lucas, said to be one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history.

The eight-part series aims to offer a comprehensive perspective of the criminals, as told by those involved directly in the cases.

“This is a hugely ambitious series that proves that real life stories are often even more extreme and dramatic than fiction,” said Ian Russell, head of international programming, ITN Productions, in a statement. “Our production team spent more than a year working on this series which involved seeking out people who have spent their lives in the shadows – and then persuading them to tell us about their lives.”

Executive producers on Drug Lords are Michael Welsh and Jim Lindsay. The first four episodes of the series will launch on Jan. 19, with the final four to launch later this year.

 

 

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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