How will Damon Lindelof top 'Lost'?

June 11, 2010: 10:20 AM ET

This is one in a series of articles leading up to Fortune Brainstorm Tech, which takes place July 22-24 in Aspen, Colo. The articles will look back at the progress of companies that presented at Brainstorm in 2009 as well as look forward to those that will present this year.

By Shelley DuBois, reporter

Damon Lindelof (Pinguino,

Dropping a plot twist like a time traveling island to millions of obsessed viewers requires a different skill set than, say, reporting your first quarter earnings. But at the end of the day, it's all business.

If that sounds like crazy talk and not the focus of your life for the past six years, you probably haven't heard of Damon Lindelof, one of the writers of Lost. But you've probably heard of Lost. The six-season smash hit kept an average of 13.5 million viewers per year tuning into ABC, and a couple million watching online, downloading video on demand or buying DVDs.

Lindelof and Carlton Cuse took over the show after the first season, when J.J. Abrams ditched for other projects. Lindelof will be speaking at Fortune's 2010 Brainstorm Tech Conference in Aspen. Hopefully he'll share some insight about how to top his last TV mammoth, and how to use other media to successfully prop up a broadcast show when broadcast in general looks sickly. More

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