Episode 22: Brian Koppelman on co-creating "Billions", The enduring success of "Rounders", and his life changing decision to leave the music business.


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Brian Koppelman is the co-creator, showrunner and Executive Producer of Billions, Showtime’s acclaimed dramatic series exploring the high-stakes, cut-throat world of a hedge fund tycoon and the prosecutor trying to take him down. He also hosts the podcast, The Moment with Brian Koppelman. A Long Island, New York native, Koppelman followed his father’s footsteps into the music business, playing pivotal roles in the recording careers of both Eddie Murphy and Tracy Chapman, the multi-platinum and multi-grammy-winning artist. Koppelman ultimately stepped away from a successful career as a music industry A & R exec, to pursue his passion of being a writer. A self-described “poker degenerate,” Koppelman and his writing partner, David Levien, immersed themselves in underground poker clubs, the setting which inspired Rounders, the ’98 poker-themed film starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. Koppelman shares with Rich and Gianni how he’s been able to maintain his child-like enthusiasm for his work, and tips his hand on the future of the hit series, Billions.

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