TV series McMafia, filmed in Croatia, has won best drama series at the International Emmys, which reward TV programmes made outside the US
British crime drama series McMafia produced by the BBC, whose first season has been shot in numerous locations across Kvarner and Croatia as a whole, has won this year's 47th International Emmy Award for best drama series made outside US.
McMafia speaks about the international world of organised crime. The show is directed by James Watkins and stars James Norton, known for his roles in Happy Valley, Grantchester and War & Peace.
The series takes place across a dozen different countries, whereas the first season has been shot in numerous locations across Croatia on two occasions – fall 2016 and spring/summer 2017. It was filmed in Rijeka, Opatija, Lovran, Zagreb, Split, Primošten, Jasenice, Rovinj, Jastrebarsko, Obrovac and on the island of Pag, and Croatia has served as a set for 12 different countries.
The filming of the McMafia series was realized through the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s incentive programme. The service production was Croatian MP Film Production and Igor A. Nola co-produced the series. More than 200 local film professionals were engaged on set, while notable roles in the series were performed by Nina Violić, Lucija Šerbedžija, Goran Navojec, Željko Vukmirica, Vanja Matujec, Romina Tonković, Adlan Abdelmongy, Tjaša Perko, Uroš Certić, Hoji Fortuna, Lucija Kajić and Ratko Turčinović, along 1000 extras.
The International Emmy Awards are presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which is in the television industry an equivalent for the Academy Awards (Oscars) presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The whole project is an exceptional success for the Croatian film industry and it has confirmed the great production potentials of Croatian locations.