Munich, 31 August 2016. The gritty mafia series Gomorrah has become a foreign-language hit on Sundance Channel US. On its debut last week, the Sky Italia drama, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra, doubled the audience figures of other foreign-language series on the channel. The series, sold by Beta Film to more than 130 territories, has gained record ratings all over the world and is praised by international media as “unique and compelling” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “one of finest works of televised storytelling” (Huffington Post). Variety states “Gomorrah is among the most admirable of the latter-day “Wire” homages.”
On the renowned US review aggregator “Rotten Tomatoes” it got a 94 % fresh rating, ranking among the five most popular TV shows on the site. Gomorrah, with its third season already in pre-production, currently runs on Sundance Channel US, Wednesday, 10 pm.
Gomorrah has its roots in Roberto Saviano's critically acclaimed best-selling novel and the Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning feature film by Matteo Garrone. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over "The System". But over the second season the clan’s once undisputed reign over the Gulf crackles, leading to the largest power vacuum ever in the history of the Camorra – with a couple of ruthless criminals waiting to fill the void.
Headed by showrunner Stefano Sollima, the series scored record ratings in its home turf with 1.9 million viewers in average in its second season and won the prestigious Golden Nymph Award in Monte Carlo for Best Drama TV Series and Best Actor. Gomorrah is produced by Sky Atlantic, Cattleya and Fandango in cooperation with Beta Film, which also handles world sales.
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