A series about the One Percenters? Showtime’s greenlit a “complex, contemporary drama” pilot about some of the United States’ wealthiest hedge fund billionaires. Billions comes from Andrew Ross Sorkin (Too Big to Fail), Brian Koppelman and David Levien who wrote the script together and will be executive producing the series.
According to the very brief description offered by the network, Billions “is a fictional drama that focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.”
Sorkin, Koppelman, and Levien’s project has the honor of being the first pilot picked up by Showtime in 2014.
Details on the Writers/Executive Producers [Courtesy of Showtime]
Andrew Ross Sorkin is an award-winning journalist and author. He is a columnist for The New York Times and co-anchor of Squawk Box, CNBC’s signature morning program. He wrote the best-selling book Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves (Viking, 2009), which chronicled the events of the 2008 financial crisis. He served as a co-producer of HBO Films’ adaptation of his book in 2011. Sorkin is also the founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial report published by The Times that he started in 2001. He often appears on NBC’s Nightly News, The Charlie Rose Show, Real Time with Bill Maher and many others.
David Levien and Brian Koppelman have written, directed and produced a number of critically-acclaimed projects including Rounders, Runaway Jury, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Girlfriend Experience, Runner Runner – all which they co-wrote, and Knockaround Guys and Solitary Man, which they wrote and directed. Levien and Koppelman also served as producers on The Illusionist, Interview With The Assassin and The Lucky Ones. Levien has authored several novels including Wormwood, Swagbelly: A Novel For Today’s Gentleman, City Of The Sun, Where The Dead Lay and Thirteen Million Dollar Pop. Koppelman is a regular contributor to Grantland, and also hosts the podcast “The Moment with Brian Koppelman.”
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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