Discovery Communications has picked up The Five Families, a scripted series from Irwin Winkler and Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas). Written by Pileggi, the project is based on the real figures and actual events in the history of the famed five organized crime families of New York: Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno and Colombo. Discovery will produce Five Families, which will debut on one or more of the company’s U.S. and international networks.