The Irish Independent has learned that some of the lost TV series writers have expressed an interest in writing for TV, while others are prepared to accept a contract on condition that they do not write for another major network or production company.
Among the sources cited are a group of TV writers who were involved in Lost, who are said to have told the network that they were not interested in working for another company and that they would be willing to die if it meant getting paid.
Among those who are understood to be interested in a contract are: writer James McNeill, who is currently a producer on the BBC’s popular Lost, and a number of other writers, including Tom Derenick and Ian McEwan.
Mr Derenik said that he was interested in writing on a regular basis and if he could be paid for it, he would be happy to do so.
“I’ve always loved Lost and I have a lot of love for Tom Derenek, who wrote the books,” he said.
“He is a great writer and I would love to work with him.”
But I don’t think I would be able to make it past the first episode without working with Tom.
“The source added that he had been approached by a number production companies, but that he would not be offered a contract.
He said he was keen to be paid and that he felt that his own writing abilities would allow him to do it.”
There are certain aspects of my writing that I feel that I could learn from the show,” he explained.”
If I was to be asked to write the script, I would definitely be interested.
“The best thing I can do for the show is write a script and then work on it with the writers on the show.”
One of the writers, who asked not to be named, said he would have to take a pay cut to make a living.
“My work would be limited, but if I was asked to do something that was very good, I think I could make it,” he told the Irish Independent.
“They could make me a lot more money than I would make working on the script.”
It’s just a case of finding out whether they are interested or not.
“In another case, another writer was asked whether he would consider working for a network or studio.”
Yes, yes I would,” he replied.”
That would be a nice way of getting paid.
“Another writer, who was a member of the Lost Writers’ Guild, told the newspaper that he did not feel that he could get a good job on television without a pay rise.”
No, it’s not a possibility for me,” he was quoted as saying.”
What I would do is write the scripts for the next series and if I got a job on a network, I’d do it.
“The writer said he had not received a contract offer but was willing to take the risk of going on the job.”
You’re talking about a job that’s going to pay you six figures and I’d be willing and able to do that,” he admitted.”
Obviously if I’m offered a pay increase, I’m open to that, but it’s a lot less money.
“He said that the writers’ strike in 2010 would have been more challenging for him to negotiate for a new job.
He also said that if he had a good show, he thought he could do it, but said he did feel the need to ask for a raise to make up for the loss of his writing skills.”
The sources were not prepared to name the television producers who contacted them but suggested that the network executives who approached them had an interest.””
But that would not necessarily be the case.”
The sources were not prepared to name the television producers who contacted them but suggested that the network executives who approached them had an interest.
“At the end of the day, they want a piece of you, which means a lot,” one of the sources told the paper.
“This would be the first time in my life I had to ask a TV producer for a job.
I didn’t know what to expect but they gave me what I wanted.”