‘Mob Wives’ and ‘Families of the Mafia’ Have Bad Blood; MTV Facing Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

by Jeremy Spirogis
Karen Gravano

Families of the Mafia is presently beneath hearth for copyright infringement. Spyglass Media Group, the corporate that acquired the Weinstein Company and subsequently the VH1 collection Mob Wives, despatched a cease-and-desist to MTV after the current launch of the brand new mafia-inspired collection. 

The solely obtrusive similarities between the 2 exhibits are Karen Gravano’s involvement and the mafia-related content material, inflicting followers to surprise if the cease-and-desist is legitimate — is there a distinction between Mob Wives and Families of the Mafia

Karen Gravano 'Mob Wives' 'Families of the Mafia' lawsuit
Karen Gravano | Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

MTV’s new present ‘Families of the Mafia’ 

MTV briefly ran a collection referred to as Made in Staten Island, which had the same focus to Families of the Mafia — mafia-tied mother and father attempting to forestall their youngsters from getting caught up in mafia-related exercise. Made in Staten Island starred most of the identical households pictured within the new MTV collection, together with Gravano, her daughter Karina, and her buddies. 

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After three episodes, Made in Staten Island was canceled. The Staten Island neighborhood began a Change.org petition calling the present out for misrepresenting Staten Island “as a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives.” Petitioners wished the collection faraway from the air or to no less than have Staten Island faraway from the title of the collection. 

It seems to be like MTV went for the latter, having moved ahead with Families of the Mafia. The renamed collection has the same premise to Made in Staten Island, following 4 Staten Island households who’ve connections to the mafia.

Remember ‘Mob Wives?’ 

Mob Wives debuted on VH1 in 2011, documenting the lives of Staten Island ladies with ties to Mafia-related crimes. Gravano starred alongside Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo, Big Ang, Carla Facciolo, Marissa Fiore, and Brittany Fogarty.

Gravano was probably the most controversial roles on Mob Wives and infrequently on the heart of the drama due to her father’s notoriety as a rat. 

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Throughout the present’s run, the star’s kids slowly began to turn out to be a part of the storyline. In the final season of Mob Wives, Gravano spent her time working as a “momager” for her daughter’s budding modeling profession. At the time, Gravano was additionally crusading to get her father launched from jail. 

The collection ran for six seasons, ending in 2016. Families of the Mafia started filming in 2017 when Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano was launched from jail.

Is ‘Families of the Mafia’ completely different from ‘Mob Wives’?

A supply advised Page Six that MTV was despatched a cease-and-desist letter from the corporate that owns the rights to Mob Wives, which was initially produced by VH1. The letter addressed the problem of copyright infringement, contemplating the similarity in theme, content material, and forged of every collection.

VH1 previously had ties to the Weinstein Company, which went bankrupt after Harvey Weinstein’s sex-crimes scandal. Lantern Entertainment purchased the corporate in 2018, after which teamed up with former MGM CEO Gary Barber to create Spyglass Media Group. Spyglass presently owns the rights to all of Weinstein’s properties, together with Mob Wives

Neither MTV nor Spyglass have commented on the authorized matter. According to Gravano, “Mob Wives targeted on the ladies. [‘Families of the Mafia’] focuses on the mother and father elevating their youngsters. It’s a multigenerational present that actually comes full circle whenever you see the struggles the mother and father come from and wanting the children to do higher and study from their errors.”

On the floor, the exhibits do appear to have their variations, particularly by way of their over-arching plot factors. Families of the Mafia focuses on the children, however the adults get loads of display screen time, too. The strains actually get blurry with regards to the drama between the adults on Families of the Mafia — one thing that Mob Wives was recognized for. 

Stay tuned for extra updates on this lawsuit.

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