New York Times Bestselling Author, Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Mezrich was chosen among a group of 11 new authors to join this power list of 25 authors that are touted to be “the industry’s most sought-after word nerds.” Mezrich earns a spot on this list because of stats like his multiple movie deals in production such as the hot project: Woolly, about the resurrection of the woolly mammoth from frozen DNA, Seven Wonders, Once Upon a Time in Russia, and The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway.
Mezrich is most known for creating his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.
With a writing career spanning 19 years, he has authored twenty books, with a combined printing of over 6 million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. The book is used in high schools in the US and around the world as inspiration for students to get excited about math and statistics. And was adapted into the #1 box office iconic feature film: 21. Mezrich’s book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks on the list in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network –written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher – and was #1 at the box office, won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including Best Adapted Screenplay. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin share a prestigious Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. Mezrich is the only non-fiction author to have two number one box office movie adaptations.
In addition to being named one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive, and representing his home state of Massachusetts on Fox’s Sexiest Bachelor in America TV Show, Ben–aka Mr. Massachusetts–had his own show on Court TV titled High Stakes with Ben Mezrich. Mezrich also hosted the World Series of Blackjack for GSN, and hosts CNBC’s wildly popular series The Filthy Rich Guide. In addition, Mezrich has several scripted and non-scripted TV projects in the works, including an adaptation of Ugly Americans to a TV Series with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and a live action TV show based on the middle grade fiction Charlie Numbers Series (he co-authored with his wife Tonya Mezrich) with producer Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy. Mezrich travels across the world speaking to groups and schools about his adventures and the narrative non-fiction genre of writing that he has crafted.