Mob Wives – Coming Soon To VH1

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Hot off the presses is the announcement of a major collaboration (the first of its kind!) between the Weinstein Company, Ben Silverman’s Electus and VH1: Mob Wives. Something tells us this will be a little different than the VH1 Wives shows that came before it. The show is set to begin shooting at the end of this month and is expected to air in March. Details are in the press release below…

Having made VH1 an offer they couldn’t refuse, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Ben Silverman’s next-generation multimedia studio, Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), will launch the currently titled Mob Wives, a reality series created by Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions. VH1 has picked up the program in a ten-episode, straight-to-series commitment, with production beginning after Thanksgiving for a tentative debut in March 2011.

Mob Wives is a reality show based on the lives of four struggling “allegedly” associated women who have to pick up the pieces and carry on after their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities.

The project is the first to unite the feature film sensibilities of The Weinstein Company and the television and multimedia content expertise of Ben Silverman and his new venture, Electus. The companies look forward to exploring additional opportunities as they arise across all media. Electus and TWC will serve as co-executive producers on the show. In addition, Electus Distribution, the studio’s international distribution arm established in 2010, will have international distribution rights across all platforms including television, motion picture and digital.

“As evidenced by his groundbreaking shows such as Ugly Betty and The Office, Ben Silverman is a true innovator in the medium of television whose opinion we greatly respect,” stated Harvey Weinstein. “We are thrilled to partner with him on the first of what we hope will be many TV projects to come.”

“Harvey and Bob are fantastic producers with incredible taste and more trophies than the New York Yankees,” said Ben Silverman, founder and CEO of Electus. “We are thrilled to partner with them and VH1 on this supercharged series and are actively developing multiple projects across all media.”

“It’s really exciting to have a groundbreaking series from such legendary talent as the Weinstein brothers and Ben Silverman on a project as intriguing as Mob Wives,” stated Jeff Olde, EVP, original programming and production, VH1. “The women featured in the series are compelling, real-life characters with amazing stories to tell. Viewers will get a chance to follow them as they enter the next chapter of their lives.”

The series is the first created by Jennifer Graziano, who will serve as an executive producer. The experience of escorting “Mob Wives” to VH1 led The Weinstein Company to forge an exclusive deal between TWC and JustJenn Productions to create original television programming in the reality and scripted space. JustJenn will be based in TWC’s offices in New York and L.A.

“All of us at TWC loved Mob Wives, especially Harvey, and our enthusiasm wasn’t only for the project, but for Jennifer. She is a bright creative talent whose relationships and marketing experience will help us move more aggressively into television,” said David Glasser, COO of The Weinstein Company. Among its current television projects is the popular Bravo series Project Runway, its Lifetime spin-off On the Road with Austin & Santino and HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

“Partnering with two legendary filmmakers and unique content providers like Harvey and Bob Weinstein is a dream come true, and I look forward to working with them on a daily basis to create the best shows on television,” stated Graziano.

Graziano began her career at Sony Entertainment in 2001, segueing to its A&R department before leaving the company to manage R&B/hip hop artist Frankee, for whom Graziano also wrote the #1 hit single, “F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back).” Most recently, she served as a director in the consumer lifestyle marketing department of MWW Group, a New York/New Jersey-based marketing communications firm, while leading her own company, Bounce Marketing, which aligns entertainment artists and properties with major brands such as Sony and Dodge.

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  1. jessie james says:

    This show sounds interesting. I will be tuning in

  2. destiny says:

    Leave the housewives shows to Bravo..VH1 go back to your Of love shows,charm school,and ILMs

  3. alicia says:

    vh1 is so lame now

  4. Joey says:

    My god, can this channel be driven anymore into the ground? Who is running it? VH1 employees seriously need to revolt. You all should be embarrassed. Look at your ratings. They’re hilariously bad. Get off your high horse and bring back the old VH1 that people actually care about. You know why people loved the Of Love, ILM, etc. shows? It’s because THAT is what people are actually like in real life. You might admit that those shows were trashy but so are most people. We relate more to those shows than this GARBAGE you are showing now.

  5. gino says:

    This is going to be awesome. Anyone know when it starts?

  6. JM says:

    WoW they hit the lotto with this one.I can’t wait.Real life Sopranos!!!

  7. Mark G says:

    What?!Mob Wives?!Oh yeah,this show does sounds interesting,and why is vh1 so lame to alicia?

  8. nina bales says:

    Sounds good! like Gotti and Sammy the Bull’s Daughters go at it..if their not in it, then its not worth it. definately will be tuning in.

  9. ht says:

    yea i heard sammy the bulls daughters in it

  10. SHAFON says:

    MOB WIVES STRUGGING,BUT HAVE ON EXPENSIVE MINK COATS. I CAN’T FEEL BAD FOR THEM, I NEED TO FEEL BAD FOR MYSELF NEVER OWNED A MINK…

  11. Brunella says:

    I will so be watching this show!Can’t wait ’till it airs.!

  12. jean fratianno/widow of jimmy the weasle fratianno says:

    Ii would be very interested to talk with your producers

  13. phyllis says:

    THIS ONE SHOULD BE GOOD

  14. jodog says:

    lol, what a joke…. these women are wannabes.. Mafia? yeah rite, lolol

  15. fakemobsters says:

    it just goes to show u how much the mob has deteriorated. you got sammy the bulls daughter on a reality show?!! are they not mad at him anymore- one of the biggest rats in mob history and his daughter ends up on a nationally televised show.

  16. Peter says:

    This show will be full of lies. Renee Graziano talks about RATS, her ex husband HECTER (JR) PAGEN is a RAT,a paid F.B.I Informant. Everybody around him goes to jail except him. On his last gambling pinch (JR) was out of jail in 2 hrs .He was told to come back to court on a later date with someone to post bail on his behalf. I’ve never heard of that in my life.

  17. Peter says:

    This show will be full of lies. Renee Graziano talks about RATS, her ex husband HECTER (JR) PAGEN is a RAT,a paid F.B.I Informant. Everybody around him goes to jail except him. On his last gambling pinch (JR) was out of jail in 2 hrs .He was told to come back to court on a later date with someone to post bail on his behalf. I’ve never heard of that in my life. These women are a joke!

  18. Lauren R says:

    If these women were actually Mob Wives, they wouldn’t have agreed to do a reality show.

  19. Bernard says:

    Not sure about Mob Wives yet, the are real!!! However they are not soft…they look like Drag Queens!

  20. Jaclyn says:

    I can not believe VH1 is giving these people a show! Complete trash!!! Sould we give the survivors of Ted Bundy a show, as well? Even better, how about we give John Allen Muhammad a show?? I’m not sure what our world is coming to when we think it is ok to condone the publicity of a murderers wife/daughter!? Does anyone realize these men are responsible for taking the lives of peoples’ loved ones? My grandfather was murdered my Sammy the Bull and the last thing I want to do is watch how his trash family gets famous because of it! I missed out on a grandfather and these people get a show. Where’s the logic in that? I hope the show tanks!

  21. qpid says:

    does anyone know who is the artist & song title from a mob wives episode “i just want to love you crazy”?

  22. Levita Ross says:

    I love looking at Mob wives. It seems real, they have the same problems that most women have
    plus their fathers/husbands are in jail. The fights are out of this world. Those girls can FIGHT! &
    boy can the curse.
    I like the show and will continue to watch it