'Homeland' Exec Producer Henry Bromell Remembered by UTA Agent, 'Homicide' Co-Creator
"He was at the top of his game," says Tom Fontana of the veteran TV writer and producer, who died March 18.
This story first appeared in the April 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
His longtime agent Jay Sures remembers the writer and executive producer of Homeland, Northern Exposure and Homicide: Life on the Street, who died March 18.
About 20 years ago, when I was a newly promoted agent at UTA, I went to [agency co-founder] Peter Benedek because I wanted to sign Henry, but I knew I was too young an agent to sign him myself and he and Peter had been friends for at least 10 years. So we called him together, and we signed him over lunch. In Peter and me, Henry knew he would get a seasoned veteran and a young pit bull, and he liked the concept of both. What Henry would give me, which I didn't realize at the time, was an enormous amount of credibility because he was an icon, and I could say, "Hey, I represent Henry Bromell." He also would become one of the oldest active executive producer/writers in the drama business. To be as prolific as he was at 65 is a testament to who he was: a writer's writer.
One of the things I loved talking about with Henry was his dad, who had been a CIA station chief. He'd tell stories about the crazy stuff his dad was involved in during the '50s and '60s, saying how proud he was of what his father had accomplished. Then Henry came full circle by writing for a show about CIA officers, which allowed him to memorialize his dad and, at the same time, create a legacy for himself as this brilliant writer.
Like me, Henry had gotten remarried. He was head over heels about his wife, Sarah, and his 4-year-old son, Jake. In fact, if you were to ask him what he would want his legacy to be, he would say, "To be known as a great dad to my boys [Jake and older son William] and a terrific husband to Sarah." Writing would come next, but not the other way around. No way.
Tom Fontana, executive producer of Homicide, as well as Oz, Copper and Borgia, remembers Bromell: