Mon­treal’s Biker His­tory Plays Role in Forth­com­ing TV Se­ries ‘The MobKing’

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The char­ac­ters are fic­tional, but sto­ries will be based on real sit­u­a­tions, in the forth­com­ing tele­vi­sion crime se­ries “The MobKing.” Al­though set pri­mar­ily in South Florida, the show will have a con­nec­tion with Mon­treal, in the form of an out­law biker played by Ge­orge Christie, the for­mer re­al­life leader of the Ven­tura, Cal­i­for­nia chap­ter of the Hells An­gels.

“The MobKing” cen­ters on a char­ac­ter named “Mike White” (ac­tor Ciro Da­pa­gio), owner of a Florida gen­tle­men’s club and part­ner in a new In­dian casino. In the se­ries, White be­friends Christie’s char­ac­ter, “Alex Gus Ven­tura,” the for­mer leader of a pow­er­ful Cana­dian mo­tor­cy­cle club called “Un­for­given,” who is fresh out of prison and try­ing to climb his way back up the hi­er­ar­chy of biker so­ci­ety. In ad­di­tion to play­ing a sup­port­ing role in “The MobKing,” Christie will serve as a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor.

“I’m ex­cited to be work­ing on this project,” he said.“Out­law mo­tor­cy­cle clubs aren’t al­ways de­picted re­al­is­ti­cally in movies and TV shows. I spent most of my life with one and I have been to prison, so I know what re­ally goes on.”

In real life, most of Christie’s in­volve­ment in the biker world was con­fined to the United States, but he is fa­mil­iar with Mon­treal’s biker his­tory, and he knew some of its lead­ers.

“Years ago, there was a biker club called Rock Ma­chine, which then be­came The Ban­di­dos,” Christie said. “They were arch ri­vals of the Hells An­gels. I sneaked up to the border a cou­ple of times to make sure things didn’t get too far out of con­trol. I was in­volved with peace talks to keep a Scan­di­na­vian biker war from bleed­ing over into the United States and Canada.”

Christie founded the Ven­tura, Cal­i­for­nia chap­ter of the Hells An­gels in the 1970s, and was pres­i­dent for nearly four decades. He left the club in 2011 and is now a writer and con­sul­tant. In 2015, he was the fo­cus of the highly rated His­tory Chan­nel doc­u­men­tary se­ries, “Out­law Chron­i­cles: Hells An­gels.” More re­cently, he has also been star­ring in “Out­law,” a one-man stage show, based on his life, with per­for­mances in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Las Ve­gas and St. Louis, Mis­souri. He is also the au­thor of three books about out­law mo­tor­cy­cle clubs, in­clud­ing his mem­oir, “Ex­ile on Front Street: My Life as a Hells An­gel…and Be­yond.”

“Ge­orge Christie has been a fan­tas­tic source to as­sist our writer group in un­der­stand­ing the three­d­i­men­sional life­style of a leader in an out­law mo­tor­cy­cle club,” said Sutish Sharma of New Street Pic­tures, one of the pro­duc­ing part­ners of “The MobKing.”

“Ge­orge’s ex­pe­ri­ence has pro­vided great au­then­tic­ity,” added showrun­ner Pat An­drew of Wanda-Hal­cyon Tele­vi­sion. “His nat­u­ral lead­er­ship and com­plex­ity came through in his au­di­tion.”

As a six-part web se­ries, “The MobKing” gar­nered mil­lions of views on YouTube and other plat­forms. Now, pro­duc­ers are set to shoot twelve full-length episodes for tele­vi­sion distri­bu­tion in more than 42 coun­tries. The se­ries will be filmed in Lon­don, Eng­land, at Mar­bella Film Stu­dios in Mar­bella, Spain, and lo­ca­tions in South Florida.

“The MobKing” stars Ciro Da­pa­gio, Elis­a­betta Fan­tone, An­toni Corone, Ce­line Alva and oth­ers. The se­ries is a co-pro­duc­tion of New Street Pic­tures of Pinewood Stu­dios, Wanda-Hal­cyon Tele­vi­sion and Mar­bella Film Stu­dios.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.the­ and e/tt6370942/.

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