Is ‘Series 7’ a License to Kill?

You’ve just received your Series 7 ... and you’re armed with guns and forced to battle it out by killing your competitors on TV. Huh? Obviously, this is not what Series 7 reps are supposed to do. Well, at discount firms, maybe ... But, hold off on purchasing a Glock--a high-powered gun favored by police. “Series 7” is a survivor-type movie that features a three-episode marathon of a reality-based

You’ve just received your Series 7 ... and you’re armed with guns and forced to battle it out by killing your competitors on TV.

Huh? Obviously, this is not what Series 7 reps are supposed to do. Well, at discount firms, maybe ...

But, hold off on purchasing a Glock--a high-powered gun favored by police.

“Series 7” is a survivor-type movie that features a three-episode marathon of a reality-based television series that has six armed contenders more than willing to kill competitors to reach the next episode and a new round of contenders.

Press materials for “Series 7” hint that the people behind the pitch-black satire have no idea what a Series 7 registration is. Explaining the idea behind the movie title, director David Minahan, says: “It's a marathon of episodes from the seventh season of a TV show called ‘The Contenders.’ We came to the title ‘Series 7’ after much deliberation. I liked it immediately; it sets a tone that’s menacing, sexy, mysterious. What came before? What happens next? Stay tuned. ... The tricky thing was getting a TV show to hang together like a movie. I started the screenplay with a three-act structure and decided that each act would be one half-hour episode of the show--ending up with a 90-minute feature. It was a combination of the TV format and feature film screenwriting, a hybrid of two very different disciplines.”

Get the idea you’re going to see very little about the Dow, the NYSE and retail brokerage in “Series 7?” If you were a rep offended by the serial killer/broker in “American Psycho,” or the “greed-is-good” mentality of “Wall Street,” this film may make you feel a little better about Hollywood’s portrayal of your career. But not much better. Apparently, there are no brokers of any kind in “Series 7.” If you’re interested to learn more, go to www.series7movie.com.

Editor's note: For any comments regarding this article, or to suggest a story idea for RR Online or Registered Representative magazine, contact Editor in Chief Dan Jamieson at [email protected], Online Editor Rick Weinberg at [email protected], Online Managing Editor Cheryl Cooper at [email protected] or Senior Editor Michael Hayes at [email protected]

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