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Lena Dunham to Direct HBO High-Finance Drama Series ‘Industry’

”Girls“ creator will also executive produce eight-part series about ”cutthroat world of international finance“

Lena Dunham is heading back to HBO to direct and executive produce “Industry,” a drama series about the “cutthroat world of international finance.”

Written and created by newcomers Konrad Kay and Mickey Down, who have “personal experience” in the high-finance industry, “Industry” has been given an eight-episode order at the premium cable channel.

Per its official description, the series is an exhilarating dive into the world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of ambitious 20-somethings struggling to secure their futures. The series follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at a top investment bank in London — but the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy soon blur as they immerse themselves in a company culture defined as much by sex, drugs, and ego as it is by deals and dividends. As members of the group rise and fall, they must decide whether life is about more than the bottom line.

Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s now-ended, critically-acclaimed series “Girls,” will direct the pilot and executive produce the series, with Down, Kay, Jane Tranter, Lachlan MacKinnon and Ryan Rasmussen also executive producing.

“Industry” is produced for HBO by Bad Wolf Productions.

“Mickey and Konrad’s talent, drive and commitment was obvious to us the moment we met them,” Bad Wolf founder Jane Tranter said. “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.”

Filming on the series will begin in Cardiff, Wales, this summer.

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