Unscripted

VH1, Big Fish Entertainment team on “Cartel Crew”

Viacom-owned VH1 and New York-based, MGM Entertainment-owned Big Fish Entertainment are teaming on a 10-part docuseries that follows the descendants of the drug cartel life as they try to redeem ...
December 10, 2018

Viacom-owned VH1 and New York-based, MGM Entertainment-owned Big Fish Entertainment are teaming on a 10-part docuseries that follows the descendants of the drug cartel life as they try to redeem themselves.

Cartel Crew will examine the lives of eight descendants of the cartel in Miami, Florida as they navigate adulthood and the impact their relatives had on their upbringing. Now disconnected from their past, they want to make a name for themselves outside of the drug world.

Cast members include Michael Blanco, the youngest son of Griselda Blanco (the “Cocaine Godmother”); and twins Nicole and Michael Zavala, who grew up enjoying the cartel life without losing a loved one to murder or prison, and now strive to be accepted in the community where some don’t believe they grew up with a legitimate tie to the cartel.

Cartel Crew is executive produced by Dan Cesareo (pictured), Lucilla D’Agostino, Faith Gaskins and Lashan Browning and co-executive produced by James Knox for Big Fish Entertainment. Nina L. Diaz and Daniel Blau Rogge executive produce for VH1.

Cartel Crew premieres on VH1 starting Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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