Nominated for five Emmys, including Best Documentary or Nonfiction Series, McMillion$ chronicles the stranger-than-fiction true story of how $24 million dollars was stolen from the McDonald’s Monopoly game of the 1990s, the mystery mastermind behind the scam and the intrepid FBI agents on his trail. The six-part documentary series is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Archie Gips, James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte.
For over a decade, McDonald’s fast-food empire awarded prizes in its Monopoly promotional game tie-in, unaware that the biggest winning tickets were being stolen and sold to undeserving winners through a complex web of family and friends who became co-conspirators. An anonymous tip to the FBI in 2001 triggers a far-reaching chain of events that will come to include dogged and unorthodox investigative work, undercover sting operations and dirty dealings by shifty ex-cons with ties to the mafia.
The series unravels the twisted threads of the fast-food fraud through exclusive firsthand accounts and archival footage featuring the FBI agents who brought down the gaming scam, McDonald’s corporate executives who were themselves defrauded, the lawyers who tried the case and the culprits and prizewinners who profited from the complicated scheme, as well as individuals who were often unwittingly duped into being a part of the ruse.
McMillion$ is an HBO presentation of an Unrealistic Ideas production in association with Fun Meter, written and directed by creators James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte.
Follows professional authenticator Dr. Whitny Braun as she leads an investigation to determine whether or not a newly discovered photograph could be the 131st and final image of the President Abraham Lincoln following his fatal shooting in 1865. Her journey to discover the truth will take audiences from Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky to halls of the National Archives to the scene of his last moments alive in Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House in Washington, DC.
Produced by Unrealistic Ideas, this premium, limited docu-series follows Jasiel Corriea II, the youngest mayor ever elected in Fall River, Massachusetts. When the FBI indicts him on fraud and extortion charges, Correia vows to fight the charges and clear his name.
The series is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson Archie Gips and Brent Hodge. Javier Quintana serves as co-executive producer, with Brent Hodge as director.