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Oliver Stone to Develop Epix Series

30 Apr, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is set to develop a one-hour scripted dramatic series for Epix, the high-definition pay-TV and online streaming channel co-owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount Studios.

The New York-based service April 30 said the series, “Still Holding,” based on the eponymous novel by Bruce Wagner (who is co-producer), is set in Los Angeles and explores the fictional lives of three disparate people and the violent consequences of love and betrayal, of holding on and letting go.

Stone, in a statement, said he welcomed working with Epix, including the service’s willingness to entertain and provoke the audience.

“They don't want their drama or comedy watered down,” he said.

Indeed, Epix , which has more than 3,000 titles available online to subscribers via its enhanced service, Epix Megaplex (www.EpixHD.com), recently wrapped up filming “Tough Trade,” a one-hour drama pilot starring Sam Shepherd and Lucas Black with music by Oscar-winner winner T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart).

Other original programming includes half-hour single camera comedy “iCon” from Emmy-winner Larry Charles (“Seinfeld”, “Entourage”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Media Rights Capital.

The show is a satire centering on a technology tycoon whose ego is a study in power and greed.

Charles will co-write the script with Dan Lyons, a technology consultant for Newsweek, the creator of the popular Fake Steve Jobs blog and author of “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs.”

Epix is available to more than 30 million homes nationwide through carriage agreements with Verizon FiOS TV, Dish Network, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Charter Communications and NCTC.

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