'Homeland's' Howard Gordon Inks Rich New Deal at 20th TV

The '24' and 'Tyrant' showrunner will continue to produce at his studio home of more than 20 years
Howard Gordon on the set of FX's Tyrant

Twentieth Century Fox Television is remaining in the Howard Gordon business.

The studio announced Friday that it has inked a new overall deal with one of its most prolific producers, whose Teakwood Lane banner has been responsible for recent entries Homeland, 24: Live Another Day and TNT’s Legends. News of the new pact comes less than 24 hours after cable cousin FX announced it was renewing another Gordon project, Middle Eastern drama Tyrant, for a second season.

“Howard has been at this studio nearly as long as Gary and I have, and as far as we’re concerned, he is forbidden from leaving, ever,” Fox TV Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden joked of a relationship that has lasted more than 20 years. “He is a spectacular showrunner, a brilliant writer, as creative a guy as we’ve ever met, and he’s adored by everyone who has the pleasure of working with him.”

She continued, praising both Gordon’s resume and his gift for dramatic storytelling: “From The X-Files to 24 to Legends and Tyrant, when you get a Howard Gordon script you know you’re in for a great read. He’s as good as it gets.”

Gordon, who drove out to Los Angeles with Homeland co-creator and best friend Alex Gansa after the pair graduated from Princeton in the mid-1980s, garnered attention early on for his work on The X Files. He gained additional credits on series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angels, before joining Fox’s 24, for which he wrote, executive produced and ran. The latter earned Gordon Golden Globes and an outstanding drama Emmy. More recently, Gordon became a familiar figure on the awards circuit care of Emmy winner Homeland, which Gansa is responsible for running.

Gordon, who is also a novelist with with the published works Gideon’s War and sequel Hard Target, is repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler.