Entourage creator Doug Ellin reveals that billions of ideas were stolen from him

Disputes over intellectual property come a dime a dozen in the entertainment industry. The claims are often weak. But in case of Followed creator Doug Ellin and the concept behind Showtime’s financial drama Billions, it seems that his claims are anything but.

The revelation was announced in the latest episode of Doug Ellin’s new podcast Hollywood Wayz with guest star Kevin Connolly (E). The experienced showrunner tells how toFollowed, he had sold a hedge fund show to HBO simply dubbed Hedge with Brian Koppelman and David Levien attached (referred to as “these authors”, who were also responsible for Rounders starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton).

As fate would have it, HBO passed the show on. Although the saga would not exactly end right there and then. Two years later, Ellin would come across the then journalist and future third co-creator of Billions, Andrew Ross Sorkin, who wanted to adapt similar source material inspired by Steven A. Cohen to the small screen. The former introduced the latter to Koppelman and Levien shortly after. Instead of looping Ellin in, however, the trio would eventually ghost after him despite his attempts to reconnect.



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A year later, during a performance on one of their podcasts, Doug Ellin asked his then-partner if he was working on something interesting, to which he replied: “a show in the hedge fund world called Billions. Here in Australia, this is what the law refers to as a “dog movement.”

“This was like as low a rent, low shit as possible at all,” says Ellin, who compared the situation to cutting off Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson from being credited as executive producers for Followed.

“I did not write a single word in one of the scripts, not one for HBO and not another Billions. But it was my idea that got them paid, and it was my idea to connect them … I have given people producer credits for far less than what I have described. ”

“I do not want anything out of this. I want the universe to take care of itself and burn them in hell. ”

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Elsewhere, when the clickbait headlines began circulating online, Doug Ellin clarified how it all Billions saga went down for the record, free of vitriol and spin. Because sometimes you have to put down facts twice for the people sitting in the back.



“Juicy headline. But to be clear, I wanted to do a show in a world of hedge funds, and I brought two of them Billions creators to HBO to write it, ”he informs via Instagram.

“They were paid to write a show called Hedge. HBO passed on their script. A year or so I met the third creator of Billions who had a book or a story that he would turn into a TV show. I called the guys who wrote the original Hedge script and said, ‘Let’s all connect and rework it.’ They said, ‘That sounds interesting.’ ”

“A month later I tried again. They were still considering it, they said. I’ve never heard of it again. I did not write a syllable Billions. I’ve never seen it myself. But human basic decency would be to have included me as a producer. Many have done far, far less than what I have just described. ”

“Again, I want zero from these people except exactly what I said. Let the universe take care of how it finds it appropriate … Take care of your back out there. ”

How about saying keep friends and enemies close again?

Listen to the story even in the section of Hollywood Wayz below (starting from around 3:55).

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