Mafia's Greatest Hits - the Mob laid bare

In Mafia Greatest Hits, the depraved characters of the US mafia’s darkest villains are exposed. The American Mafia dominated organised crime in the United States from the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century, with five families in New York City – Gambino, Lucchese, Genovese, Bonanno and Columbo – ruling the roost. From this base, the Mafia was able to establish itself as a secret, yet terrifying, organisation, which spread across the country right under the noses of the authorities.

Each episode of Mafia’s Greatest Hits features a chilling tale of underworld crime, told through the first-hand accounts of FBI and secret agents, and gets to know some the organisation’s most infamous and powerful criminals, who once ran crime rings in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Chicago.

Martin made three of the 13 x one hour long series - which was well-received by viewers on Yesterday Channel in the UK. The series was also sold internationally to the likes of National Geographic.

Martin shot the films using the Canon XF305 with prime lens adaptor for that filmic look - he also made use of the Canon 7D to recreate the look and feel of period archive.

Most of the filming and interviews took place in New York with drama reconstruction filmed in the UK.

The turnaround was tight and the budget required some cleaver thinking. He made the episodes on Carlo Gambino, Joe Colombo & the most depraved mobster of all-time - mass murderer Roy Demeo.

Broadcaster: Yesterday, National Geographic (2011-2012) - 13 x 50 minutes crime documentary. Production Company: World Media Rights Ltd.

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