ITN Productions produces Netflix Originals Drug Lords series


DRUG LORDS, a new docu-drama series produced by Oscar-nominated ITN Productions, will launch globally on Netflix on January 19th.

The 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 an unprecedented 360° perspective on the world’s most notorious narcos and their tragically violent rule.

The 8 episodes take an intimate look at some of the most feared and ruthless criminals across the world, bringing their stories to life with unprecedented access and dramatic recreations of the key events in the rise and fall of these infamous gangsters.

The first four episodes drop on January 19th and the final four later in the year.

Ian Russell, Head of International Programming, ITN Productions said: “This is a hugely ambitious series that proves that real life stories are often even more extreme and dramatic than fiction. 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, Vice President TV Production and Development, ITN Productions said: “We were delighted that Netflix could see the potential of this series that’s both shocking and compelling.”

ITN Productions has expanded rapidly in the US since opening its American office in 2016. Its film following a Syrian refugee family, Watani: My Homeland, was nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category of the 2017 Academy Awards.

Production credits:

Exec producer: Michael Welsh, Jim Lindsay

Series producer: Chris Boulding

Head of Production: Elaine Morris

Head of International programmes: Ian Russell


Press contact: Laura Roberts – / +44 207 430 4825

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s in-house production business producing TV programmes across factual, entertainment and current affairs for UK, US, and international channels. Awards include an Emmy for Children of Syria and two consecutive International Emmys for Escape from ISIS and Children on the Frontline, as well as a Peabody and two BAFTAS for Children on the Frontline. ITN Productions produces major series and specials for international broadcasters such as Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen (Discovery ID), Elizabeth (Channel 5), Flight 370: The Missing Links (DNI), and The Road To Waco (Smithsonian Channel). Observational and factual entertainment programmes include easyJet: Inside the Cockpit (ITV) and Going Back Giving Back (BBC1). In addition to factual programming, ITNP is Britain’s leading independent producer of current affairs, including ITV’s The Agenda, Dispatches for Channel 4; and fast-turnaround documentaries such as Super Hurricanes (Science Channel) and Campus Killer Santa Barbara (A&E), and live debates such as The Great British Break-Up? and Europe: The Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4).

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