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.