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Showtime Orders Wall Street Drama Co-Written by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin

ARSorkinShowtime has ordered its first drama pilot this year, co-written by CNBC “Squawk Box” host Andrew Ross Sorkin.

The Hollywood Reporter reports “Billions” will focus on an aggressive U.S. attorney going up against some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  Sorkin co-wrote the series with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who co-wrote movies like “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Rounders” together.

This is Sorkin’s second small screen pickup: his best-selling book on the 2008 banking collapse, “Too Big to Fail,” was made into an HBO movie in 2011.

Sorkin was off for this morning’s “Squawk Box.” Yesterday, he echoed his co-writer’s enthusiasm.

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Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

Showtime Orders Dick Cheney Doc From ‘The War Room’ Director R.J. Cutler

Showtime has ordered a documentary looking at the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The doc is from R.J. Cutler, who famously chronicled Bill Clinton‘s campaign to become President in 1992 and put George Stephanopoulos and James Carville on the map.

The new doc “The World According to Dick Cheney” (working title) will chronicle Cheney’s life, from his early days in the Ford White House, to the legacy he forged as Vice President. “Cutler will offer up a measured, layered profile of the polarizing, controversial former vice president,” said Showtime in announcing the series.

Eric Mangini Joining ESPN as an NFL Analyst

Phil Mushnick of The New York Post reports that former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. Mangini, known for his bubbly personality and Hall of Fame resume, will be right at home alongside Mike Ditka and Ron Jawor…wait, what? The guy who skulked along the sidelines and never smiled? Who reportedly ratted out his former boss (Bill Belichick) as the source for SpyGate? Who was fired by the Browns and the Jets and once fined a player $1700 for drinking a $3 bottle of water out of the hotel minibar ? A guy who never played a down in the NFL? That guy is going to be entertaining us with insight?

Can’t wait for the first colleague to kiss his butt and call him “Man-genius.” My money’s on Chris Berman.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Jimmer Fredette and Mormon Pick-Up Lines

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we discuss the President’s B.O., Mark Zuckerberg’s new jukebox, and America’s hottest religion. Plus, an invisibility cloak!

This video is also available on YouTube.

Does Jimmer Fredette Really Have Hops?

Who says white men can’t jump?

Jimmer Fredette is featured on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, in what appears to be an awesome photo of the BYU guard.

But Kevin Blackistone, who filled in for Michael Wilbon on Pardon the Interruption, is calling shenanigans when it comes to the photo. During the “Fill in the Blank” segment, Blackistone said he thinks the cover was “photoshopped.” Read more

Hannah Storm Signs Multi-Year Extension With ESPN

ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will expand her role with the network after signing a multi-year extension.

Along with her duties on SportsCenter with Josh Elliott and hosting ESPN’s NBA coverage, Storm will report on-site from marquee events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Wimbledon and the US Open.

“Hannah brings a wealth of experience, hard work and professionalism into every assignment,” said Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President, Production. “She will continue to help drive the success of the morning SportsCenter and her added presence will strengthen our big event coverage.”

You Can Blame Dave For The Knicks Losing Streak

We all know about the Madden curse.

But the Letterman curse?

The New York Knicks haven’t won since Ama’re Stoudemire‘s appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last week, losing four straight.

This isn’t the first time the Knicks have struggled after appearing on the late night talk show. Isiah Thomas, Larry Brown and Mike D’Antoni all sat down with David Letterman and went on to losing seasons.

To be fair, how much is Letterman’s doing and how much of that is the Knicks being sorry?

I’m leaning towards the latter. Read more

Women's Professional Soccer Scores Sixth Sponsor

Women’s Professional Soccer is in trouble, but they landed Sahlen Packing Company, Inc. of Buffalo, NY as a sixth national sponsor. The partnership will make Sahlen’s the “Official Hot Dog of Women’s Professional Soccer.”

“We are pleased to add a premier brand like Sahlen’s to our sponsorship roster in the third year of play,” WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas said in a release. “With the addition of Sahlen’s as another national sponsor, we are ahead of our plans to bring on new sponsors for the 2011 season – well in advance of pre-season.”

Sahlen’s joins PUMA, Citi, Playtex, the U.S. Coast Guard, and MedImmune as national sponsors.

Joe Sahlen, owner of his namesake company, has a vested interest in keeping WPS afloat. Read more

NFL Films Counting Down the '100 Greatest Players'

NFL Films and NFL Network are launching a new series Friday September 3: “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players.”

More than 250 players were considered, with current and former NFL players, coaches and front offic epersonnel voting on their picks. The series will compare how someone like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ranks next to, say, Jim Thorpe.

“We have the holy trinity of a good sports documentary series – action, analysis and reminiscence,” said NFL Films President Steve Sabol.

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