Story behind the Launch of the Enduring Television Series Lost


With experience as the head of the Television Literary Department of Creative Artists Agency LLC, Ryan Ly now serves as the principal of Curate Entertainment. Having represented acclaimed series such as AMC’s Better Call Saul, Ryan Ly has a strong appreciation for classic series of the past that have successfully bridged commercial and artistic realms.

One such program, Lost, was conceived by ABC’s Lloyd Braun in the early 2000s while vacationing in Hawaii. His conception of the show included elements of Lord of the Flies, Cast Away, Gilligan’s Island, and Survivor. With the initial script for Nowhere disappointing, Braun reached out to J. J. Abrams, who was still a decade away from directing Star Wars and known at the time as the creator of ABC’s Alias. Abrams recruited Damon Lindelof, with the result a skeleton idea that surprised the pair by generating a quick network greenlight for filming.

As it turned out, the 20-page outline used to gain approval was not entirely accurate, as it described a structure that would be self-contained, without serial elements, and with a scientific explanation. In addition, costs would be limited by the fact that the characters would inhabit a “primitive Melrose Place” soundstage set.

As it turned out, the popular appeal of the show, which extended worldwide, meant that these rules were ultimately thrown out. Unfortunately, this did not occur before the on-location Hawaiian filming of the pilot, featuring a fiery airplane crash, turned out to be so expensive that it cost Lloyd Braun his job.

Hallmarks of Innovative Business Paradigms


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Ryan Ly

Seasoned talent agent Ryan Ly has spent more than 15 years of leadership in the entertainment industry. He served as the head of Creative Artists Agency LLC’s Television Literary Department for four years before assuming his current role as the principal of Curate Entertainment. While operating in executive capacities, Ryan Ly has developed the ability to identify innovative business paradigms, of which there are at least the following three hallmarks:

A business paradigm is innovative if it has improved the product or service offered to the end user. For example, before the ballpoint pen, people used dip pens. But dip pens leave smudges, a shortcoming addressed by the ballpoint. Today, people continue to rely heavily on ballpoint pens because they perform better.

A business paradigm is innovative if it has improved the process of creating products or delivering services. Henry Ford has perhaps developed one of the most popular process innovations in history. When he implemented the world’s first moving assembly line, the time required to produce an automobile was significantly reduced from 12 hours to 90 minutes.

A business paradigm is innovative if it has improved the public’s perception of an established product or service. For example, Levi Strauss & Co. originally produced clothing for manual workers. Over time, its products have developed into a sought-after fashion brand.

The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35 List

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Hollywood Reporter

While serving as a partner and department head at Creative Artists Agency LLC (CAA), Ryan Ly led 18 scripted TV agents in Los Angeles, New York, and London. During this time, the agency was able to place 500 clients to write, direct, and produce TV projects. Ryan Ly’s performance at CAA led to his inclusion on a list of up-and-coming entertainment executives, The Hollywood Reporter’s (THR’s) prestigious 35 Under 35.

THR’s 35 Under 35 recognizes executives aged 35 and under who have demonstrated promise of running Hollywood in the coming years. Recognition can be achieved in one of several categories, including agents, digital, film, legal, managers, publicity, and TV.

Executives who made last year’s list include the following:

– Alex Saks. The CEO of June Pictures, which she established in 2015, Alex Saks has led the production of three films, all of which sold at Sundance.

– Ryan Jones. The vice president of development and production for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, Ryan Jones was instrumental in helping All Eyez on Me, one of 2017’s breakout hits, see the light of day during his tenure at Morgan Creek Productions. He also had a hand in Bumblebee, a spinoff of the blockbuster Transformers.

THR’s 35 Under 35 is updated annually. A body chooses who should make the list from a pool of nominations. Aside from prestige, the list serves to motivate young executives to excel in their fields.

American Writers Select Their Favorite Philip Roth Works

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Philip Roth

A respected presence in the Southern California television literary representation sphere, Ryan Ly serves as the principal of Curate Entertainment and focuses on programs that combine popularity with character development. An avid reader, Ryan Ly has particular admiration for literary legend Philip Roth, who had a career spanning more than half a century.

Following Roth’s passing in early 2018, The New York Times reached out to numerous authors to pick their personal favorite works by Roth. The answers were as varied as the books themselves, with Joyce Carol Oates choosing his “tender, yet unyielding” memoir Patrimony and noting that as Roth’s career progressed he became a “performance-artist in prose” who excelled in creating voices to whom readers felt attached.

Michiko Kakutani selected American Pastoral, which she described as a work in which Roth left his usual “mirror games” behind and attempted to define the arc of U.S. history between World War II and the Vietnam War. Through this endeavor, he was able to create an expansive landscape that explored the contemporary male psyche while revealing “historical discontinuities” that impact the present.

Stephen King also selected American Pastoral as his favorite and lauded its unforgettable characters and “muscular storytelling,” which paired a limited scope with epic ambition.