EXCLUSIVE: Former Ballantine Bantam Dell senior editor Ryan Doherty has joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in the newly created position of VP Literary Development. He will be pursuing book-to-film-and-TV opportunities for all divisions across Sony Pictures including Columbia, Tom Rothman’s TriStar, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures TV. He will be based in NY.
The hire underscores the importance of manuscripts as source material at Sony, which has scored with plenty of book-first titles including Captain Phillips, Moneyball and the Dan Brown books. On the TV side, SPT has adapted the likes of the current Starz hit Outlander as well as Showtime’s Masters Of Sex and Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone series.
At Penguin Random House’s BBD, Doherty focused on narrative nonfiction. He edited 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Toms River: A Story Of Science And Salvation by Dan Fagin, Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones, and graphic novel Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. He was also in charge of the film tie-in efforts for Random House.
“Sony Pictures has a strong track record of adapting literary material into successful television and films,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “By bringing Ryan in to this new executive position in New York, we are strengthening our commitment to finding the highest quality and most commercial source material for each of our divisions. Ryan is a rising star in the publishing world, with great taste and strong relationships in that community. We are lucky to have him.”