Taylor Sheridan created America's top TV show.

Taylor Sheridan and producer John Linson pitched Yellowstone to Viacom execs in early 2017. 

Sheridan sold it to HBO years earlier, but it languished like many others. 

David Glasser, a Weinstein Company executive and former child actor.

Saved it from obscurity.Glasser saw potential in the Yellowstone story and.  

Sheridan, who had quit character acting to write full-time. He helped Sheridan get Yellowstone.  

From HBO by showing it to potential suitors, who gave him nice and not-so-polite passes. 

He persisted.Finally, Glasser was noticed. Viacom required original.  

Content for its Paramount Network debut. Executives wanted Yellowstone.