Who's In Charge of the Wheel of Time Adaptation?


Is it Sony or Radar, and what role if any does Red Eagle Entertainment have? Narg will attempt and most likely fail to answer the question(Narg likes to set the bar low).

Lets look what has been reported publicly first.

On the 20th April 2017 Variety reported:
The long-gestating “Wheel of Time” TV series adaptation is moving forward with Sony Pictures Television.
Sony will produce along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins is attached to write and executive produce.
Most people read this as Sony is in charge and have the rights, and Radar and REE are just names in the Credits.

Then we have this from Team Jordan's official Google+ page:
Sony Pictures Television has signed a contract with executive producer Ted Field of Radar Productions (with whom Bandersnatch Group signed a contract last year) to develop a TV production of the Wheel of Time series.
and
We understand that Rafe and Ted are currently in discussions with a number of content distributors/networks, and that negotiations will be concluded soon. Sorry, we don't know who they are.
Team Jordan totally exclude REE and say Rafe and Ted, not Sony are the ones in discussions with networks.

Now for unofficial reports.

The following comment was left on Narg's post when he reported the Variety news:
Reality check -- REE are absolutely 100% involved in the Creative production of the show, along with Radar under the Sony umbrella.
Narg assumed(perhaps wrongly) that the comment came from someone close to REE.

Dragonmount.com Tweeted the following:
Spoke to some ppl about the WoT TV deal. Red Eagle is not creativity involved in the show. They retain electronic game rights though.
Our understanding is Red Eagle will be listed as Executive Producers on the TV show but not be otherwise involved in that production.
Q: Did Harriet "choose" the showrunner for the WoT TV show? A: Yes, she asked for him after she was directed to him by a trusted source.
The following was posted on the Wheel of Time Facebook page in response to the page saying Sony owned the rights:

Narg will have to summarize as the original posts have been deleted and to save the hassle, Narg has agreed to remove the Humans' own words. So in summary, they said Red Eagle still owns the legal Electronic Media rights and that Sony Optioned to be the Content Producer/Production House and find a channel to distribute the content.

This Human sounded like they knew what they were talking about so Narg asked for some further clarification:


Summarizing again: They said Sony 100% does not own the rights and that Harriet's Creative Consultant title does not give her any say in the final creative direction of the show.
To clarify this human say's they were speaking from experience in the industry,  not personal knowledge of the details. 

Narg attempted to get more explanation from the human, but received no response(at the time of original post). So Narg went and found this helpful article that details the process. Here are some of the relevant points:
When a company commits to bringing your TV series pitch to market, they'll propose an option agreement for negotiation that gives them the exclusive right to sell your TV series treatment or pilot script to a network for a limited period of time.
Ok, so that fits with what the human said, but doesn't line up with Team Jordan saying Ted and Rafe were the ones in discussions with networks, unless "in discussions" means Ted was just sitting in the room, but not actually the one doing the negotiating/pitching.
 As in any industry, there are a variety of forces and factors that give shape to the legal structure and content of any deal made. A television Writer or Producer who has an established track record is likely to receive a more lucrative deal than someone with little or no experience, and most often will be given more involvement in the actual production of the show. However, there are industry standards regardless of who you are.
That raises the question of how much involvement Radar(due to their track record) were given in the production of the show.

So in answer to the original question of who's in charge... If going by the norm, Sony Pictures Television should be the ones in charge of bringing the show to TV, but Radar and by extension REE may have some say on how that happens. It also seems REE may still retain the rights(depends on what the deal was with Radar)

You might be wondering why Radar are even involved. Narg can't say for sure, but Radar are the ones that produced and allegedly paid for the production of the "Winter Dragon" pilot. Narg would assume they only did that on the basis that they would be involved/get a cut of any future Wheel of Time show. Given the animosity between Harriet and REE, Narg speculates that to settle the dispute with Harriet over the rights, REE agreed to take a back set and let Radar take the wheel. That would fit with Team Jordan(Bandersnatch) saying they signed a contract with Radar.

Narg hopes that was helpful and if you feel Narg got something wrong, don't be shy, tell him! Hot tip, don't include "or else I'll take legal action". Makes Narg cranky.

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