The Gist: Brian Koppelman and David Levien on Billions, and Making a Murderer.

How Brian Koppelman and David Levien Came Back Around to Making a TV Show

How Brian Koppelman and David Levien Came Back Around to Making a TV Show

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 21 2016 7:02 PM

The Creative Duo Behind Billions

Why Brian Koppelman and David Levien have left feature films to make a new Showtime series about power and money.

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Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti in Billions.

Photo by JoJo Whilden/Showtime

Listen to Episode 419 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, guests Brian Koppelman and David Levien explain why they stopped making easy TV-show deals with networks. For Billions, the longtime creative duo decided to take the time to write the show they wanted to make on spec. Their series premiere set records for Showtime, and you can watch it for free online. You can also check out Brian’s podcast The Moment. For the Spiel, Mike identifies similar issues raised by Making a Murderer and the new season of Serial.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.