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Showtime Developing Political Drama From Former Obama Speechwriter

Showtime has teamed with former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett to develop a contemporary drama revolving around the breakdown of the nation’s political system.

“Anthem” is described as starting on an Election Day that ends with the country on the brink a civil war, amid the collapse of political institutions and partisan battles.

Lovett (pictured), who previously created the NBC White House comedy “1600 Penn,” is writing and will exec produce with Brian Koppelman  and David Levien. That pair is already in business with Showtime on “Billions,” a drama set in the world of high-finance written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Koppelman and Levien.

“Anthem” landed at Showtime after bidding among several networks for the project. Before shifting to TV, Lovett worked as a speechwriter for President Obama and worked for Hillary Clinton during her days in the Senate and during her 2008 presidential campaign.

Koppelman and Levien are feature vets whose credits include “Rounders,” “Runner, Runner,” “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “The Girlfriend Experience.”

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