Magazine article Variety

Over the Hedge

Magazine article Variety

Over the Hedge

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The action on “billions” takes place on Wall Street, but the masterminds of the Showtime drama are more comfortable working out of digs in the West Village. Brian Koppelman and David Levien, co-creators and showrunners, haven’t been in the space for long, but there are a few cherished mementos representing their partnership.

THE WILD WEST

Koppelman and Levien met as teenagers - Brian was 16, David was 14% - when they were sent on a summer bus tour of the American West. “That was the summer the two of us became like brothers,” Koppelman says. In a Jackson Hole, Wyo., tourist trap, after knowing each other a week, the two donned Old West garb and props for a sepia-tone photo that has survived the years. Levien points out that Koppelman is pointing a gun at him. “I don’t think the two guys in that picture ever imagined that hanging out would become our job,” Koppelman says.

WINNING HAND

The 1998 Matt Damon drama “Rounders,” about a poker ace, put Koppelman and Levien on the map. The framed call sheet for the first day of shooting was a gift from a Miramax executive. …

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