AMC ORIGINAL SERIES "FEED THE BEAST" (FORMERLY "BROKE") TO BEGIN PRODUCTION IN NEW YORK CITY IN FEBRUARY 2016
CLYDE PHILLIPS-HELMED SERIES, PRODUCED BY
LIONSGATE AND AMC STUDIOS,
SET TO PREMIERE IN MAY 2016
PASADENA, CA - January 8, 2016 - AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour that "Feed the Beast" (previously announced as "Broke") will begin production in New York City in February 2016. A co-production between AMC Studios and Lionsgate, the series is based on the Danish series "Bankerot" and will be adapted by writer/showrunner Clyde Phillips ("Dexter," "Nurse Jackie"), who also serves as executive producer. "Feed the Beast" is a drama about two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. The 10 one-hour episodes are set to premiere in May 2016.
"'Feed the Beast' is about best friends who, after enduring a life-altering tragedy, decide to open a fine dining restaurant in the Bronx," said Phillips. "But at its core, the show is about family and friendship, fatherhood and food, honesty and intimacy. I'm excited to be shooting 'Feed the Beast' in the Bronx, the gritty, last frontier of New York's five boroughs and a location that we're treating as a main character of the show. Like so much of New York, the Bronx is going through a transition that can be exciting, painful and offers a very rich environment for this authentic, character-driven drama."
"Feed the Beast" focuses on the characters Dion Pappas and Tommy Shannon, who are like brothers. With all the love - and all the complications - that comes with it. Dion can't stay out of trouble. Tommy can't move past it. For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around. They push each other to follow through on their dreams, welcome love into their lives, and overcome their demons. They also betray, backstab, manipulate and coerce each other into the most dangerous situations imaginable. For Tommy, a successful haute Hellenic restaurant is his means to give his son a life he never had. For Dion, this venture is a perfect opportunity to secretly repay his debt to the Mob. Together, they take on the insanity of the New York restaurant world, and navigate its underbelly of petty criminals, corrupt officials and violent mobsters. With the vig running, there's more than food, wine and fresh starts on the line. One wrong move, and people get chopped.
"Feed the Beast" is produced by AMC Studios and Lionsgate in association with Clyde Phillips Productions. Executive producers are Phillips, Henrik Ruben Genz ("Bankerot," "Borgen"), Malene Blenkov ("Bankerot") and Piv Bernth ("The Killing," "Forbrydelsen" and "Bron/Broen").
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