Sony Hires VP of Literary Development

The newly created position will straddle both film and TV

Ryan Doherty has joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in the newly created post of vp of literary development.

Doherty, a senior editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell, will be pursuing book-to-screen properties for all content divisions across Sony Pictures Entertainment, including Columbia Pictures, Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Television. In a move that reflects the growing importance of the international publishing sector to filmed entertainment, Doherty will be based at Sony Pictures' headquarters in New York.

In recent years, the studio has been very aggressive in seeking out top manuscripts as the source material for its films, including Captain PhillipsMoneyballJulie & Julia and The Da Vinci Code franchise as well as upcoming franchise hopefuls like The 5th Wave and Goosebumps. Adapted programming on the TV side has included a variety of series, miniseries and movies based on books such as Outlander, Masters of Sex, Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, Coma, Having Our Say, Into Thin Air and the popular Jesse Stone series of movies based on the novels by Robert B. Parker.  As a full-time executive, Doherty will deepen and expand the studio’s efforts in these areas.

"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."

Doherty was most recently a senior editor at Ballantine, where he focused on narrative nonfiction, including history, pop culture, personal narrative and biography. Among his many recent successes, he edited the 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin; Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones; and the No. 1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel, Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. He was also in charge of the film tie-in efforts for the Random House group.

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