I am posting this from my hotel room in Toronto. Why am I in Toronto? I am here to visit the set of The Expanse, a new series by SyFy that is based on the books written by my friends, Ty and Daniel, better known by the pen name, James S.A. Corey. These aren’t the first or only friends I have who’ve landed television or film deals, but they do have the rare distinction of having their series in production. Why is that rare? Okay, let’s talk about film and television.
1. Hollywood buys a lot of intellectual property that it doesn’t use. Film and television can be very lucrative and this enables studios to buy options on rights that they end up not using. There’s actually a lot of warehousing of intellectual property, and quite a long gauntlet for it to run before it actually ends up a movie or television show. Given this, a lot of authors sell their film and television rights only to have them go unused. This means: Continue reading