Evan Handler (Californication) is set to star in a 10-episode digital series produced by Cinelan and veteran film producer Barbara DeFina, set inside the CIA’s terrorism finance tracking unit.

Based on an original story by screenwriter J.D. Zeik, The Analyst stars Handler as Kevin Mercer, a CIA analyst targeted by an unknown enemy as he navigates the increasingly murky, dangerous world of financial espionage. The series is comprised of ten eight-minute real-time episodes designed for digital-first audiences.

DeFina (GoodFellas, You Can Count On Me, Cape Fear) is executive producing the project, her first foray into digital. “I am thrilled to be producing my first digital serial with Cinelan and to be working with screenwriter and creator J.D. Zeik and Evan Handler, the perfect actor for the role of Kevin Mercer. I am looking forward to telling The Analyst in this new and exciting format.”

Production is scheduled to start in early 2016 with the first season available by Fall 2016.

Cinelan co-founders Karol Martesko-Fenster and Douglas Dicconson serve as project producers, along with Cinelan advisor Joe Cantwell.