On the day of the midterm elections, a political drama that kicks off on an election day has landed at Showtime in a competitive situation. Titled Anthem, the project is written by former Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then-Senator Hillary Clinton and co-creator of the White House comedy 1600 Penn. Executive producing the project are the Ocean’s Thirteen duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien, writers/executive producers of Showtime’s high-profile Wall Street drama pilot Billions starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
Anthem chronicles an unraveling: what happens when our political system collapses under the weight of mistrust and partisan division. The pilot begins on a typical presidential election day. When it ends, America is on the brink of a second civil war.
Lovett, repped by CAA, Mosaic, and Jeff Frankel, most recently was a producer on the final season of the HBO series The Newsroom. Levien and Koppelman are repped by WME and lawyer Karl Austen.
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