‘Bitcoin Billionaires’ Author Puts Crypto Center Stage at Showtime

Date: 
July 23, 2019
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3 minutes

You want to know why we love gold so much? I’m not talking about why we use it, or how we use it. I’m not talking about using gold in electronic circuits or as an investment. I’m talking about why we LOVE gold. Why? There are plenty of other shiny, lustery metals (bronze, platinum, etc). We love gold because every Hollywood movie and TV show about a grand adventure, incredible heist, and search for treasure -- features gold.

You want to know why we love gold so much? I’m not talking about why we use it, or how we use it. I’m not talking about using gold in electronic circuits or as an investment. I’m talking about why we LOVE gold. Why? There are plenty of other shiny, lustery metals (bronze, platinum, etc). We love gold because every Hollywood movie and TV show about a grand adventure, incredible heist, and search for treasure -- features gold.

“I’ve been a huge fan of [co-creators] Brian Koppelman and David Levien since ‘Rounders.’ I love ‘Billions.'” (Ben Mezrich)

In our heads and in our hearts we know gold is rare, mysterious, and coveted -- because movies and tv shows tell us it is. Indiana Jones braved hidden traps for gold; James Bond fought Goldfinger over the shiny stuff; and Captain Jack Sparrow lifted a curse with ancient Aztec gold. 

When I traveled around the world for 1 year -- on just 1 Bitcoin -- I saw something quite special: the mystery, scarcity, and luster of Bitcoin is starting to match that of Gold.

Now imagine what’ll happen to Bitcoin once people begin seeing it featured in Hollywood movies and tv shows. Especially once Bitcoin is featured in a positive, sought-after, ‘something-to-be-desired’ type of light. And you can guess what that means: mass adoption.

Bitcoin mass adoption in part thanks to Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich wrote “Bitcoin Billionaires” -- the story of the Crypto Journey which the Winklevoss twins went on. Yes, those Winklevoss twins -- the guys who sued Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their idea for Facebook. It became a best selling book. Especially after they were praised as the “world’s first bitcoin billionaires” (based on the market value of their bitcoin holdings in 2017).

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Well now, Ben Mezrich was announced as a consulting producer for hit Showtime TV series “Billions” -- a finance-centered show like a cross-over between Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. It stars Damian Lewis as hedge fund boss Bobby Axelrod; Paul Giamatti plays Chuck Rhoades, a cutthroat New York State Attorney General.

What will Ben Mezrich due as a consulting producer? Well, even though he’s located in Boston, he’ll make his way to New York for brainstorming and writing crypto storylines for “Billions.” And when the set is reading for filming season five, He’ll also be on the set.

How will he portray bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Mezrich has shown he is a huge fan of the TV show.

“I’m psyched to be working with the smartest people in TV,” Mezrich tweeted. “I’ve been a huge fan of [co-creators] Brian Koppelman and David Levien since ‘Rounders.’ I love ‘Billions.'”

Before Mezrich, “Billions” touched on cryptocurrencies in several episodes. They were less than flattering...often portraying crypto as used almost exclusively for money-laundering.

Nevertheless, Season 4 introduced blockchain technology in a positive way by allowing people to vote with their cell phones. Season 3,  Bobby Axelrod flashed a Ledger crypto hardware wallet and used it.

The folks behind Ledger were obviously thrilled. They tweeted: “It was a great surprise for us! Getting more and more mainstream.”

“Billions” averages 4.2 million viewers a week across the streaming services where it plays. Ben Mezrich, being quite a positive voice on cryptocurrencies -- and a long-standing researcher and investor -- may indeed feature Bitcoin and crypto in all their game-changing and finance-affecting ways.

By the way, Google searches for “bitcoin” soared to a 13-month high not long ago -- in May -- as the crypto market returned from hibernating during the brutal 2018 bear season.

No doubt those Google searches will pale in comparison as shows like “Billions” and writers like Ben Mezrich multiply. 

Posted by R.R. Hauxley

R.R. Hauxley traveled around the world ... 1 year on 1 Bitcoin. 20 countries, 12 months, 1 Bitcoin. He wrote a book about it: Stolen Wallets and Where to Buy Them. Along the way he met and interviewed the sharpest, brightest minds in crypto today: Vitalik Buterin, Charlie Lee, and more. Today Rafael educates the crypto curious and delves further into the incredible world of blockchain.

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