EPIX Greenlights 1970s Crime Thriller “Hotel Cocaine”

EPIX Greenlights 1970s Crime Thriller “Hotel Cocaine,” from Chris Brancato
The eight-episode order from EPIX Studios, in partnership with MGM Television, will begin production next year and premiere later in 2023.
[via press release from EPIX]
EPIX Greenlights 1970s Crime Thriller “Hotel Cocaine,” From Chris Brancato

8-episode series about Miami’s infamous The Mutiny Hotel to premiere in 2023

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – September 28, 2022 – EPIX today announced the greenlighting of crime thriller Hotel Cocaine, executive produced by Chris Brancato (Godfather of Harlem, Narcos) and Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth). The 8-episode order from EPIX Studios, in partnership with MGM Television, will begin production next year and premiere later in 2023.

This is the story of Roman Compte, Cuban exile, CIA operative, and general manager of the The Mutiny Hotel, the glamorous epicenter of the Miami cocaine scene of late ’70s and early ’80s. The Mutiny Hotel was Casablanca on cocaine, a glitzy nightclub, restaurant, and hotel frequented by Florida businessmen and politicians, international narcos, CIA and FBI agents, models, sports stars, and musicians. Compte was at the center, doing his best to keep it all going and fulfill his own American Dream.

“We are thrilled to expand our creative partnership with Chris Brancato,” said Michael Wright, president of EPIX. “Chris creates cinematic, sophisticated, and captivating television that exemplifies the EPIX brand, and we couldn’t enlist a better partner to help kick off this exciting new era for the network.”

“I’m excited to continue my creative journey with Michael, Laura, Nancy and the rest of the EPIX team,” said Chris Brancato. “Their creative support of Godfather of Harlem has been exemplary, and I can’t wait to stay up all night working on Hotel Cocaine.”

Guillermo Navarro will direct the pilot and also executive produce the series, in addition to Brancato. Brancato serves as showrunner.

MGM Television

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About EPIX, Soon to be MGM+

EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium television network delivering a broad lineup of quality original series and docuseries, the latest movie releases, and classic film franchises – all available on TV, on-demand, online, and across devices. EPIX has tripled the amount of original programming on the network and has become a destination for original premium content, with series including Western adventure Billy the Kid; sci-fi horror series FROM; Emmy-winning series Godfather of Harlem; and cinematic dramatic series War of the Worlds, Rogue Heroes, and Belgravia. EPIX is also the home of acclaimed docuseries, including Emmy-nominated Laurel Canyon, Helter Skelter, Slow Burn, My Life as a Rolling Stone, and NFL Icons. Also available are premium movies including No Time to Die, House of Gucci, Cyrano, Licorice Pizza, and more.

EPIX is available nationwide through cable, telco, satellite, and emerging digital distribution platforms, as well as through its EPIX NOW app, providing more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com or follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube.

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