EPIX and Media Rights Capital (MRC) today announced that they have signed a deal for Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Larry Charles to develop a new comedy series, iCON for the multiplatform premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service, EPIX.
Produced by MRC, the independent film, television and digital studio, "iCON" is a half hour single camera comedy from Emmy Award-winner Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Charles will oversee the development of the script and direct the pilot for the series written by Dan Lyons, a technology consultant for Newsweek, the creator of the popular Fake Steve Jobs blog and author of the novel "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody." The show is a savage satire centering on a fictional Silicon Valley CEO whose ego is a study in power and greed.
Mark Greenberg, president of EPIX, said "A comedy series by Larry Charles is the perfect complement to the original comedy specials being produced by EPIX. His incomparable sense of humor, along with Dan's insight will have hilarious results that we can't wait to see."
"Larry is the ideal candidate to bring this concept to television," said Joe Hipps, Vice President of Production and Creative affairs at MRC Television. "MRC is thrilled to be partnering with EPIX to deliver what promises to be a smart, satirical and entertaining series."
"We are attempting to do nothing less than a modern Citizen Kane. A scabrous satire of Silicon Valley and its most famous citizen. We needed a bold environment to nurture such a vision. One that was free of pre-conceived ideas. And EPIX made it clear they were that place. They asked us to make their home our home. And we have," said Larry Charles.