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TV Drama Features Crypto, Still the Elephant in the Room?

Another TV staple added some extra exposure to cryptocurrency. Britain’s longest running TV drama Coronation Street, added a scenario fitting a recent script.

The soap, Coronation Street, is one of the world’s oldest show running on British TV since 1960 and has a run of 9,500 episodes since its creation. The show is watched nightly by over 8 million viewers in the UK and many more around Europe.

The plots, always set in a working-class neighborhood in Manchester, deal with the daily struggles of loves and lives of those living in one street. The current plot in question focused on a local Ryan Conner, an ex-drug user with a serious gambling problem. He remembers a £50 investment he once made in a cryptocurrency called “Whipcoin” (fictional), only to discover that his investment is now worth £250 million.

Of course, he’s forgotten his password, but eventually, upon locating the coins, he finds that the information he was given about the coin was wrong. Although, his investment in Whipcoin had indeed been worth £250 million when the price of the coin peaked. It had since then plummetted in value to practically zero.

Channels such as Bitcoin News continue to bring the latest in cryptocurrency to the public, but the sector still needs greater mainstream media exposures. Although, this is happening slowly with exposure on popular mainstream television such as The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, House of Cards, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Silicon Valley, Family Guy, and Parks and Recreation.

The Big Screen is slow to integrate scripts with Bitcoin or cryptocurrency as a theme, but there are a few in the pipeline such as “Crypto,” starring Kurt Russell in the lead role. The film, already in post-production, is reportedly a crime-based thriller following in the footsteps of films such as Wall Street, Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short which focussed on the economic crisis of 2008.

Such films about the financial sector are becoming increasingly popular and tend to get good box office ratings as a result. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street quickly became the prolific filmmaker’s top-grossing film at the worldwide box office shortly after its release.

Publisher Little Brown is to release a biography about crypto twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss called “Bitcoin Billionaires”. The book, which is to be published both in the UK and US next year, has been bought by Richard Beswick, Little Brown’s publishing director.

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Winklevoss Twins Story ‘Bitcoin Billionaires’ Out Next Year, Movie Possibly to Follow

Publisher Little Brown is to release a biography about crypto twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss called “Bitcoin Billionaires”. The book, which is to be published both in the UK and US next year, has been bought by Richard Beswick, Little Brown’s publishing director.

The brothers, renowned in sporting circles as a rowing pair who competed for the US in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are perhaps better known for suing Mark Zuckerberg in 2014 for supposedly stealing their Uconnect social networking concept which went on to become Facebook. The case netted them USD 65 million.

The book will follow their various travails through the Silk Road website, their dealings with the SEC and the Facebook affair. According to a spokesman from the publishing house, their dubious connection with Zuckerberg damaged their potential to be investable, as investors were concerned about “alienating their nemesis”. Little Brown promises it will take readers on “a wild and surprising ride while shining a bright light on an economic event that continues to baffle the average reader”.

Once, as Little Brown pointed out, a chance encounter in Ibiza drove them to realize that Facebook had become “establishment”, they moved on very quickly:

“If they wanted to be disrupters and make a true killing they needed to get in on the ground floor of a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. They started buying Bitcoin when it was USD 6 a coin – it is now trading at over USD 7,000 a coin.”

As a result, on 26 November 2017, the twins became the first Bitcoin billionaires.

This isn’t the first time that the Winklevoss twins have featured in a book by Ben Mezrich. It was his 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award Winning movie The Social Network with actor Armie Hammer playing both twins.

There is a rumor circulating that the book is already being considered for a movie deal after a report by the New York Post. The twins have also appeared on this year’s “40 under 40” fintech movers and shakers.

 

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