There are few people busier in the TV biz these days than “Curb Your Enthusiasm” exec producer Larry Charles. Not only does he have two pilots in the works this spring, but fledgling paycabler Epix has just picked up a new comedy project from the writer/producer.
Charles is behind “iCon,” a laffer in development at Epix through Media Rights Capital.
Single-camera comedy will be overseen by Charles, who will also direct. Dan Lyons — who gained fame as the creator of the Fake Steve Jobs blog — will write.
Project centers on a fictional Silicon Valley CEO with a penchant for power and greed.
“A comedy series by Larry Charles is the perfect complement to the original comedy specials being produced by Epix,” said Epix prexy Mark Greenberg.
Charles, meanwhile, has rather large ambitions for the project.
“We are attempting to do nothing less than a modern Citizen Kane,” he said. “A scabrous satire of Silicon Valley and its most famous citizen. We needed a bold environment to nurture such a vision. One that was free of pre-conceived ideas. And Epix made it clear they were that place. They asked us to make their home our home. And we have.”
Charles already has a comedy pilot presentation at CBS along with his “Borat” partner, Ant Hines. Untitled Hines/Charles comedy centers on a dad — played by Paul Kaye — who reenters the life of his now-famous daughter.
Hines wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Charles. Tantamount’s Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz exec produce as well. Charles also has a semi-scripted project in the works at NBC, along with Wonderland’s McG and Peter Johnson.
As for Lyons, his other credits include the novel “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs — A Parody.” He serves as a technology consultant for Newsweek.