Fake Steve Jobs, Larry Charles Working On EPIX Silicon Valley Comedy Series

Dan Lyons, the Newsweek writer, book author and creator of the Fake Steve Jobs persona, is currently writing a pilot script for a comedy series on Silicon Valley for entertainment channel and movie streaming network EPIX.

Larry Charles of Seinfeld, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat and Brüno fame will be directing the pilot and overseeing the script development. The show is going to be called “iCON” and will be a half-hour, single-camera style satire.

EPIX, a service from Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate, is working with Media Rights Capital to develop the series, which it promises it will “pull out all stops” for and aims it to be a “riotous satire of Silicon Valley and its most powerful figures”. Notably, EPIX recently landed its fourth major cable deal by signing up Charter Communications, after sealing deals with Cox, Mediacon and Verizon FIOS.

Deadline has more on what the series will be about:

The show’s lead charcter (SIC), Tom Rhodes, is a composite of that Silicon Valley titan, and the comedy is described as a savage satire, a study of ego, power and greed.


MRC will serve as the studio and financier. The company said it had several bidders for the property, but chose EPIX because Charles could be as edgy as he wanted to be. The feeling is that the show could put EPIX on the map the way series like Mad Men did for AMC, Weeds for Showtime, and Burn Notice for USA. Charles, who worked with MRC on the Baron Cohen films, will be swinging for the fences.

We. Cannot. Wait.