Drug Lords, a docu-drama series produced by Oscar-nominated ITN Productions, will launch globally on Netflix on 19 January.
The eight-episode series reveals the true stories behind the rise, reign and fall of the world’s most infamous drug lords, from Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar to ‘American Gangster’ Frank Lucas, one of the most notorious gangsters in US history.
Told by the men and women directly involved in the cases themselves – the cops, crooks and closest associates on either side of the law – each hour of Drug Lords provides a 360° perspective.
“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. “Our production team spent more than a year working on this series which involved seeking out people who have spent their life in the shadows – and then persuading them to tell us about their lives.”
Michael Welsh, VP, TV production and development, ITN Productions, added: “We were delighted that Netflix could see the potential of this series that’s both shocking and compelling.”