TNT is going to be airing Pirates of Silicon Valley tonight as a tribute to Steve Jobs. It’s an old, 1999 made for TV movie, but it’s really, really good.
While I obviously can’t vouch for the accuracy of the film, it seems to lay it out pretty well. It’s all about the founding of Apple and Microsoft. Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak crossing each others’ paths and starting the personal computer revolution.
Here’s a portion of the info sheet from TNT:
TNT will pay tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs tonight with a special presentation of the TNT Original Pirates of Silicon Valley. The movie will air at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
Starring Noah Wyle (TNT’s Falling Skies) as Steve Jobs, Anthony Michael Hall as Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Joey Slotnick as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Pirates of Silicon Valley follows the fascinating and unforgettable race between technology rivals Apple Computers and Microsoft. From nights of dorm-room tinkering to days of boardroom scheming, their fierce and often humorous battle to rule the fledgling computer empire literally changed the world.
Pirates of Silicon Valley premiered on TNT in 1999 and went on to earn five Emmy® nominations, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or Movie. The movie was written and directed by Martyn Burke, who adapted the script from the bestselling book Fire in the Valley by Paul Frieberger and Michael Swaine. Pirates of Silicon Valley was produced for TNT by Haft Entertainment, with Steven Haft and Nick Lombardo serving as executive producers.
It’s really good. Check your local listing for showtimes. It will be airing back-to-back.