Wall Street Performance Coach Sues ‘Billions’ Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Showtime For Copyright Infringement
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Wall Street Performance Coach Sues ‘Billions’ Creator Andrew Ross Sorkin, Showtime For Copyright Infringement

A Wall Street performance coach who specializes in trading psychology is suing the creators of Billions , saying she was the uncredited, and uncompensated, inspiration for the character Dr. Wendy Rhoades. Denise Shull filed a copyright infringement suit today in federal district court in New York, claiming that New York Times financial columnist and CNBC Squawk Box co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin “ripped off” her character without paying her or obtaining her permission. The suit (read it here ) also names the show’s two other executive producers, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Showtime CEO David Nevins and the pay TV network’s corporate parent, CBS . Sorkin referred questions to Showtime, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Shull said she came to Sorkin’s attention after publishing Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk. The 2012 book offers a fictionalized account of her work helping hedge fund portfolio managers recognize how their emotions influence trading decisions. In it, Shull adopts the persona of an in-house performance coach, much like the Rhoades character in Billions. Sorkin invited Shull to appear on Squawk Box on Aug. 9, 2012, to talk about Market Mind Games . More than […]

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