AMC Greenlights Geopolitical Drama Pilot ‘White City’

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AMCAMC has given the greenlight to White City, a drama pilot about a group of Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.

White City is set in Afghanistan and follows Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. Jon tragically overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders and as such must find a new role in Kabul as he attempts to address his guilt, frustration and doubts about whether there is good left for him or any Westerner to do in Afghanistan.

The drama was created by former journalist Nick McDonnell and John Dempsey, who served as senior advisor to the US Ambassador to Afghanistan Richard C. Holbrooke. White City is being produced in-house through the network’s sister studio AMC Studios. The executive producers are Chris Mundy and Tom Freston.

“This is a story born from a creative team in Chris, John, Nick and Tom that has both an incredibly deep understanding of one of the most misunderstood regions of the world, and a fantastic sense of how to tell a compelling story about the lives of people who are drawn to the world’s hot spots,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of Original Programming. “It’s not a war story, it’s a character story that will tackle some of the most complicated issues of our time.”