Starz Entertainment has greenlit Magic City, a new series centered around a hotel in the heart of Miami at the dawn of the 1960's. Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht announced in a press release on December 6th. Magic City is written and produced by Mitch Glazer and executive producers Geyer Kosinski and Tony To.
Casting will begin soon on the 10-episode dramatic series that will start production in the new year in Miami, and will air on Starz in 2012.
As Frank Sinatra rings in a new year in the grand ballroom of Miami Beach's most luxurious dream palace – the Miramar Hotel – its visionary leader, Ike Evans, must deal with the Mob, his complicated family and a city in the midst of dramatic change as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba, just 200 miles offshore. By day the hotel at the center of "Magic City" is all diving clown acts and cha-cha lessons by the pool, but at night Miami Beach reveals a darker truth. Dopers, dealers, strippers, gangsters and those who arrest them drift together to hear the top nightclub acts perform. Just beneath the surface, racial tensions stir. Ike must deal with all of this, even while global intrigue is brewing right under his roof.
Magic City was conceived by Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged), who is writing the first three episodes and eight episodes overall. The show is being produced by Media Talent Group, with its CEO Geyer Kosinski (Going to California, Hope & Faith, Beyond Borders) executive producing along with Tony To (From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers).