Emmy-winning writer Adam Mazer (“You Don’t Know Jack”) has started work on his next two TV projects: a limited series at TNT, plus a drama at Starz set in the corruption and scandal-filled world of college football and the NCAA.
The TNT six-episode limited series “Dark Net” is based on the true story of the illegal Silk Road website and its 29-year-old creator Ross Ulbricht who was recently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The limited series will track Ulbricht’s rise from former Eagle Scout and master’s degree recipient to his shocking ascension to the world’s biggest online drug kingpin. While his high-profile trial earlier this year was expected to challenge the future of Internet commerce, federal prosecutors, using much of the evidence obtained from Ulbricht’s own laptop, proved the many digital slip-ups Ulbricht made during his creation and oversight of Silk Road.
Mazer will produce “Dark Net” along with Ilene Kahn Power (“Gia”). Sharon Byrens serves as the exec on the project at TNT.
Mazer has also come aboard to write and co-exec produce a one-hour drama at Starz, based on the bestselling book “The System,” written by award-winning investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. Playground Entertainment’s Colin Callender and Scott Huff are producing the series for the cabler.
Mazer will use the real-life reporting from the book as the basis for the series, which will follow a fictional college football program coming off NCAA sanctions, as it attempts to once again rise as a national championship contender. Much like the NFL, college football is at an all-time high in popularity and has become a multibillion-dollar industry, built mostly on the backs of 18- to 22-year-old men who don’t receive any monetary compensation, while they play for coaches whose average salaries are well over seven figures.
Besides “You Don’t Know Jack,” Mazer’s other writing credits include “Breach” for Universal Pictures and “Empire State” for Lionsgate. Mazer is repped by UTA, Inphenate and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.