Epix picks up Larry Charles comedy

Silicon Valley satire penned by Fake Steve Jobs' Dan Lyons

Larry Charles is a busy man this pilot season.

Epix has teamed with the "Borat" director for "iCon," a single-camera comedy project described as a savage satire centered on a fictional Silicon Valley CEO whose ego is a study in power and greed.

The project is being written by Dan Lyons, creator of the blogging Fake Steve Jobs, with Charles supervising the writing and attached to direct.

"ICon" is being produced by Media Rights Capital, where Charles has a relationship through the MRC-backed feature "Bruno."

"We are attempting to do nothing less than a modern 'Citizen Kane,' " Charles deadpanned, "a scabrous satire of Silicon Valley and its most famous citizen."

Epix, a joint venture of Lionsgate, MGM and Viacom, recently shot its first pilot, the Nashville drama "Tough Trade," which is eyed to be the first series for the fledging pay-cable network. The project landed at Epix, which is in process of lining up cable and satellite distribution, after interest from other networks.

"Seinfeld" alum Charles already is fielding two broadcast pilots this season: NBC's "Our Show," which he wrote and is directing, and CBS' untitled Ant Hines presentation, which he is helming.
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