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Showtime's 'Billions' Draws Inspiration From Fairfield County Hedge Funds

Greenwich resident David Levien (seated) and Brian Koppelman, the executive producers behind Showtime's "Billions." Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME
Damian Lewis as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in season one of "Billions." Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME
The Olympus building in Orangeburg, N.Y. that acts as the Axe Capital location. Photo Credit: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Certain locales in Rockland and Westchester stand in for Fairfield County in the new Showtime series, "Billions," created by a Greenwich resident and inspired by Connecticut's hedge fund industry.

The show, which has its broadcast premiere 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, was shot mostly in Orangeburg, N.Y., as well as in Haverstraw, Yonkers, Rye, North Salem, Bedford, Yorktown Heights and Sleepy Hollow. Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Long Island were also used.

But don't think Fairfield County gets left out. The show, created by executive producer David Levien of Greenwich takes place at a fictional hedge fund located in Westport.

Levien said the choice to shoot primarily in Orangeburg was driven by the building, which is the former Olympus headquarters. "It has the right sleek, modern aesthetic, with the right kind of foliage around it and looks like just what one would find in Fairfield County," he explained. "We also shot at hotels, diners and restaurants nearby."

Levien and his Producing Partner, Brian Koppelman, along with Financial Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, created "Billions" out of a desire to chronicle the fascinating nature of power and ambition as seen through the prism of a hedge fund billionaire (played by Damian Lewis) and an equally gifted and ambitious U.S. Attorney (Paul Giamatti).

He told Daily Voice: "These two men of almost king-like power and influence who come to battle each other, just happen to live and work in the towns that we -- and your readers -- do."

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