From one professional to, presumably, apparently, another, may I offer a piece of free advice? Stop and think before you post, because what you're posting can have profound professional implications. I believe that you believe what you're saying in true, and I believe that you appear to be in some position to know. If it is true -- I'm agnostic on this -- then you are sharing confidential information, however elliptically, that's not for public consumption yet and potentially violating NDAs, putting your career at risk. Is your excitement and the feeling of "I know something you don't" really worth losing a career over? I speak from experience. I deal with confidential pop culture information every day, things that aren't public for months, and sometimes I really want to geeble about it because it's really exciting stuff, but I also like having a job, particularly because I like to eat and have a roof over my head, so I keep my mouth shut and enter conversations only when I know I can talk about something. An innocuous conversation at a convention several years ago about a product already on the market and how I had one led to some professional blowback. You never know who's listening, and you never know who knows people. That's my free advice, one professional to another. I believe Marco left Tor two-ish years ago. He's working for an audio publisher on the Orphan Black audios and other projects. That's quite possible, and I was thinking about this very thing differently. Consider the Star Trek Little Golden Books. They're published by Random House, not Simon & Schuster. That's not a violation of S&S's exclusivity, as there's no reason why S&S would have bought the rights to publish that kind of book since it's not a kind of book they publish. The contract would spell out what kind of books S&S can publish, which series they can use, even down to which characters they can use. It doesn't make sense to buy the rights to kinds of books that they're never going to publish. The forthcoming animated shows, since they're going to be targeting a different audience and demographic than the books Gallery is putting out, may allow for CBS Licensing to pursue those different markets with deals since S&S doesn't hold the rights to products targeted at those markets. If so, then S&S's exclusivity may appear to someone who's unfamiliar with the contract language and rights bought that it's been "revoked" and "already gone," when the reality is that S&S never had rights to certain products to start with and Licensing is out there shopping them.