Lena Dunham to Direct HBO’s Finance Drama Series ‘Industry’

Lena Dunham returns to HBO with the upcoming international finance drama series ‘Industry.’ The actress-turned-producer executive produces the series which is written and created by newcomers Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, reports The Wrap. The plot is based on the real-life experiences of Kay and Down who were the insiders of the cutthroat arena of international high-finance industry. Jane Tranter’s Bad Wolf production company produces the series for HBO.

According to the official description, the series is a head-spinning ride through the highly volatile world of numbers and balance sheets. The plot unfolds in the viewpoint of a group of ambitious young people in their 20s. They find themselves in a neck-to-neck race for the limited number of top order positions in a London based investment firm. Soon, they are engulfed by the company culture of lust, drugs and ego. As they navigate through the finance jungle with its own justice and rules, they start to contemplate the actual meaning of life.

Dunham, who created and starred in the critically acclaimed HBO series ‘Girls,’ also directs the pilot. Down, Kay, Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Ryan Rasmussen join Dunham as executive producers. “Mickey and Konrad’s talent, drive and commitment was obvious to us the moment we met them,” said Bad Wolf founder Jane Tranter. “The scripts for Industry have an energy and direction that comes from their first-hand experience of the trading floor and their ear for sharp dialogue immediately captured our attention. We’re excited to be making their first TV drama series with HBO – who are never afraid to make bold decisions and support new talent.”

‘Industry’ is a product of Bad Wolf’s ongoing initiative to discover and nurture fresh talent. The production house prioritizes small-scale projects from indie filmmakers in its mission to meet the ever-rising global demand for innovative content with unmatched quality. The series will be shot in Cardiff this summer.

Mickey Down and Konrad Kay mark their foray into small screen with the series. The emerging writers are known for their debut feature ‘Gregor.’ The movie earned a British Independent Film Awards nomination in 2014. It garnered positive reviews for its raw portrayal of a generation who lost in their dreams.

Meanwhile, HBO is adding more scripted originals to its roster while rebooting the operations under the brand new corporate parent WarnerMedia. Other major titles in the HBO slate include ‘Ballers,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Catherine the Great,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Contraband’ from J.J. Abrams,’ ‘The New Pope,’ ‘Perry Mason,’ and ‘Westworld,’ among others.

Cover Image Courtesy: HBO (Girls).