Gordon: 5 shows gets him 4 years
Re-ups at ABC Studios till '11Red-hot producer Mark Gordon has inked a new exclusive TV deal with ABC Studios.
The eight-figure overall pact is retroactive to June. It will keep Gordon's Mark Gordon Co. at the studio for four more years, until 2011.
Three years ago, Gordon, a successful feature producer, was a newcomer to television. Now he has tied fellow feature transplant, TV mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, as the producer with most scripted series on television -- five.
MGC's portfolio includes TV's highest-rated scripted series, ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," along with CBS' solid crime drama "Criminal Minds," Lifetime's hit "Army Wives" and two of the most-talked-about new series: the highly anticipated "Grey's" spinoff "Private Practice" on ABC and the CW's buzzworthy "Reaper."
All five series, which Gordon shepherds with MGC television division president Deborah Spera, hail from ABC Studios, which signed Gordon in his first TV deal in summer 2004, shortly after the pilot for "Grey's" was picked up to series (HR 8/16).
"This is the only deal I've had in television, the first place where I started making television, and I look forward to being here for a long, long time," Gordon said.
Gordon had almost a year left on his existing overall deal with ABC Studios when studio executives proactively approached him in the summer about extending it.
"He knows commercial broadcast and cable production, and he is a wonderful person surrounded by a strong core of people," ABC Studio president Mark Pedowitz said. "We felt it was the right time and the right thing to do."
Gordon's network partners didn't spare praise for his skills as a producer, either.
"Mark is an incredibly hands-on producer and a trusted partner," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said.
Added CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff, "He has a terrific team in place, but he personally is with you every step of the way."
Lifetime entertainment president Susanne Daniels recalled how "Wives," which went on to become the channel's highest-rated series ever, ran into some problems during filming when a showrunner switch led to a two-week production shutdown.
"I was never worried," Daniels said. "He is always proactive, always on top of the problems. He does it right, and other executive producers should take notes."
After making strides on the light side with CW's comedic one-hour "Reaper," Gordon said he is looking to expand further into the comedy area.
While he admits he "never imagined having this much going on" in television so quickly, Gordon enjoys where he is now.
"I love what I'm doing -- making films and television," he said. "I have amazing partners in the studio and Deborah Spera, and I'm very lucky to have strong creative partners on each show. That makes my job a lot easier."
Gordon was repped in the deal by ICM's Chris Silbermann, whom Gordon credits for his foray into TV, and attorney Craig Jacobson.