Following the premiere of MTV’s docuseries “Households of the Mafia” final week, the community was despatched a cease-and-desist letter from the corporate that now owns “Mob Wives,” claiming copyright infringement, a supply instructed us.
Karen Gravano — the daughter of “Sammy the Bull” Gravano — seems in each exhibits. Karen instructed Web page Six when requested throughout a short interview what she sees because the distinction between the 2 exhibits: “ ‘Mob Wives’ targeted on the ladies. This present focuses on the dad and mom elevating their children. It’s a multigenerational present that actually comes full circle if you see the struggles the dad and mom come from and wanting the children to do higher and be taught from their errors.”
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The buzzy new “Households of the Mafia” was filmed over the course of two years. It follows the notorious former underboss of the Gambino crime household Sammy the Bull as he will get out of jail in Arizona in 2017 and he reunites along with his Staten Island household.
The present additionally follows the lives of some neighboring households, and is modeled on MTV’s 2019 actuality sequence “Made in Staten Island,” which additionally featured Karen. That present drew the ire of some locals, who even created a Change.org petition to cease it from airing, saying it portrayed Staten Island “as a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives.”
“Mob Wives” debuted in 2011 and ran for six seasons, ending in 2016.
The VH1 hit was produced by the Weinstein Firm, which imploded in chapter as the results of Harvey Weinstein’s sex-crimes scandal. Lantern Leisure, which purchased the Weinstein Firm in 2018, joined forces final yr with former MGM CEO Gary Barber to create Spyglass Media Group as a finance and manufacturing firm — and which now holds the rights to all Weinstein properties.
A rep for MTV had no touch upon the cease-and-desist letter. Reps for Spyglass didn’t remark.