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The Finellis | © Marjan Content Productions
© Marjan Content Productions
Series | 2019 | Sitcom | Germany

Shooting data

Start of shooting14/01/2019
End of shooting31/12/2019
LocationsBerlin and Brandenburg
Filming regionsGermany - Berlin

Project data

Length of episode25
Number of episodes13

Brief synopsis

"The Finellis" is a new American Sitcom, filmed in and around Berlin developed for the international television marketplace. It is a unique mix
of a traditional SitCom with both Live Musical performances and animated sequences.

After taking the fall for a Mafia Boss, and spending 15 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, Tony Finelli, a star from the 1990s tries to rebuild his life and music career while reconnecting with his Ex-Wife and (now grown) children.

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In the 1990s, Tony Finelli, an Italian-American from New York (Mark Janicello) was a star in Europe. Tony found fame playing the King of Rock and Roll in "ELVIS: The Musical" and together with his ever-present Manager, Jürgen, turned that initial success into an international singing career.

In 1997, Jürgen was contacted by an undercover German CIA Agent posing as an “Italian Concert Promoter” representing "Mr. Big," Godfather of the Gambaretto Mafia Family.  Tony and Jürgen inadvertently get caught in a sting operation to arrest Mr. Big for both tax evasion and money laundering.  In order to save their families from a mob hit, Tony and Jürgen took the fall for Mr. Big and though innocent, spend 15 years in Berlin's Moabit Prison.

“The Finellis” begins on the day of Tony and Jürgen's release.  No one meets them at the gate.  Tony returns to his mansion in a well-to-do Berlin neighborhood to rebuild his life and career.  Unbeknownst to Tony, shortly before his release, Tony's wife Tina, a former Model and Stewardess from Russia, filed for divorce.

The scandal surrounding Tony's arrest ruined Tina's reputation and left her with no income.  To survive, she turned Tony's mansion into a bed and breakfast.  Now, as the owner of Tony's former home, Tina lives there with their two daughters, Lola, and Lena (now 27 and 20 years old).  Although Tony still has a good relationship with is oldest daughter Lola, his youngest daughter, Lena, can barely remember him.     Occupying one of the upstairs apartments are Tony's parents, Pete and Bea Finelli as well as his ancient, slightly-demented Sicilian grandmother „Nonna.“  In short, numerous generations of Finellis are living under one roof.

Recently, the Superintendent (Janitor) in Tina's bed and breakfast quit.  To earn some money, as well as to buy some time with Tina, Lola, and Lena while trying to rebuild his career -- Tony, the Italian Divo, takes over the Janitor's job.  Between Tony's “Divo Attitude” and his two left hands, he's a pretty rotten Janitor.  When you add to that the cultural and generational differences between the Americans and Europeans, you create the comedic chaos that is "The Finellis." 


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Bianca KarstenTina Finelli [L]
Timo MerkhofferJürgen Drahtseil [L]
Gabriela BurkhardtLena Finelli [L]
Mark JanicelloTony Finelli [L]
Sophie-Rose MiddletonLola Finelli [L]
Judith ShoemakerHelga Brennfeuer [GS]
Trish OsmondNonna D'Agostino [SR]
Phyllis PastoreBea Finelli [SR]
George PollockPete Finelli [SR]
Dietmar WunderAgent Schmitt [SR]
Kamary PhillipsMike Richards [SSR]
Erwin BröderbauerMr. Big [SSR]
Mathias DunkerCorrectional Officer [SR]
Daniel MeleFat Louis [SR]
Mario GarciaJorge Alberto Gutierrez [SR]
Kim TatumEva Klein-Gutierrez [SR]
Melanie Stahlkopf
Marie [SRE]
Stan HoloubekIngolf Lutschmann [SRE]
Rasmus BrandersHelmut Rachmann [SRE]
Robert BoyPhoebe Tension [BP]
Davide de BiasiPrison Dancer [BP]
Raphael DouglasPrison Dancer [BP]
Michael WallfassPrison Dancer [BP]


AccountantRoland Junge
Sound engineerSlobodan Bajic
Director of photographyIgor Andreevski
Additional photographyMarkus Zucker
1st assistant cameraSebastian Woithe
1st assistant cameraSvetozar Lebedyev
Casting directorMark Janicello
Extras/bit player castingJesse Vincent Van Buren
DirectorJoris Hermans
EditorJoris Hermans
Assistant editorMark Janicello
GafferTim Strecker
Makeup artist / hair stylistYvonne Denner
Additional make up artistSandy Strierath
ComposerUlf Weidmann
Executive producerMark Janicello
Co-producerMarco Bischof
Set decoratorFelicity Good
Production Designer
Production Designer
Location scoutMark Janicello
Food stylistFabienne Müller
Junior set dresserCatherine de Flou
Production driverCaroline Michaels
ScreenwriterMark Janicello
Production sound mixerLudwig Bestehorn
Production sound mixerOliver Drüppel
Nachdreh 2 Tage
Nachdreh 2 Tage
Boom operatorAndrew Hanson
Sound re-recording mixerRobert Klemm
Episode 1
Episode 1
Supervising dialog editorLudwig Bestehorn
Supervising dialog editorMatthias Schwab
Caterer (assistance on set)Jaroslav Hrbacek
ChoreographerSven Niemeyer
Social media managerKamary Phillips

Production companies

Marjan Content Productions UG [de]

Distribution / Sales companies

HG Distribution Inc. [ca]


CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH Kostümausstattung
KB: Barbara Langbein
KB: Barbara Langbein


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Marjan Content Productions UG [de]2020LAFA, Los Angeles Film Awards [us]
Best Web/TV Pilot (April)
Best Web/TV Pilot (April)Winner
Marjan Content Productions UG [de]2020LAFA, Los Angeles Film Awards [us]
Best Comedy (April)
Best Comedy (April)Winner
Joris Hermans2019New York City Television Festival [us]
Best Director
Best DirectorWinner
Bianca Karsten2019New York City Television Festival [us]
Best Actress
Best ActressNominated
Mark Janicello2019New York City Television Festival [us]
Best Television Series
Best Television SeriesWinner
Mark Janicello2019New York City Television Festival [us]
Best Actor
Best ActorNominated