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Mar 14 2014 | 10:26am ET
The hedge fund world is coming to your home in the form of two television series focused on the industry.
Both CBS and Showtime are producing shows focused on hedge fund managers. Both series will focus on the interplay between hedge fund managers and prosecutors.
Showtime’s effort, Billions, is the brainchild of The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of the best-seller Too Big to Fail. The show will feature an aggressive U.S. Attorney in Manhattan—who sounds a lot like actual U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara—as he works with and against some of the wealthiest hedge fund billionaires in the country.
Sorkin is co-writing the screenplay with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who worked together on films like Runaway Jury and Ocean’s Thirteen.
CBS’s show doesn’t have a name yet, but it does have a cast, including David Morse as a hedge fund billionaire seeking to consolidate his wealth and power. Sophie Okendo will play an assistant attorney general probing Wall Street, while Lost star Maggie Grace will play an in-house counsel to Morse’s hedge fund manager.
The CBS pilot is based on a story co-authored by actor John Cusack, who is an executive producer on the project.