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Showtime Orders Financial Drama Pilot from NYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin

In its first pilot pickup of the year, Showtime has ordered “Billions” from journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin and writer-director-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Set in the world of wealth, this fictional drama 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. All three will executive produce.

Sorkin, who wrote the best-selling book “Too Big to Fail,” is the co-anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is the founder and editor-at-large of New York Times’ DealBook, will stay with the newspaper. The 2011 HBO Films adaptation of his book received 11 Emmy nominations, including one for outstanding miniseries or movie.

The multi-hyphenate Levien and Koppelman have worked on projects like “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Runaway Jury” and “Rounders.”

All are represented by CAA and Karl Austen of Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, & Klein.

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