‘Mob Wives’ Sells Big Overseas; Spin-Off May Be in the Cards (Exclusive)

Show will be distributed to major networks in 20 territories

Last Updated: June 2, 2011 @ 3:41 PM

"Mob Wives" is about to play wide overseas — and a spin-off may be next for the VH1 reality hit.

Ben Silverman’s multimedia entertainment studio Electus announced Thursday that its global distribution arm, Electus/Engine Distribution, has secured international distribution deals with major networks in over 20 territories. They include Australia's XYZnetworks, Canada's Shaw Media, and MTV Latin America.

The show, which averages 1.3 million viewers a week, has been picked up by VH1 for a second season and a reunion special after only five episodes.

Asked if Electus could spin-off the show — following the model of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise — Electus/Engine Distribution president Chris Philip said, "I think we'd be crazy not to." But nothing is in the works yet.

"If we're able to sell it everywhere internationally and it's a hit in the U.S., why wouldnt we?" he told TheWrap, adding, "You dont want to dlute the impact of the first show, so it has to be done in a clever way."

“Mob Wives,” created by Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions and co-executive produced by Electus and The Weinstein Company, follows four women who have to carry on while their husbands or fathers are imprisoned.

The reunion episode wil air July 10 at 8 p.m., and season 2 is expected to premiere this fall.