I assume he got it through connections, similar to Benioff and Weiss of Game of Thrones. Get your foot in the door with a rich daddy or some familial / friend network into the entertainment industry, do a few moderately successful projects, land a plumb franchise, burn it to the ground. I can't remember the name, but there'a a high school out in California where the children of a lot of big time industry professionals -- actors and behind the camera types both -- where a lot of these latter day Hollywood douchebags got to know each other.I would have preferred a good Star Trek show. But I'll take these RLM reviews as consolation.
How does someone like Alex Kurtzman get to have so much power in the first place? At least Lucas had Star Wars and JJ had Lost.