Gordon checks in for 'Harrison'


Dennie Gordon will helm the indie political satire "Harrison for America," the first project produced by Johnson-Roessler Co., a new film and TV production company in Santa Monica headed by David Johnson and Craig Roessler.

Penned by Alex Berger (ABC's "Commander in Chief"), "Harrison" is a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat world of political fundraising. Berger, the son of President Clinton's National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, wrote the script after interviewing professional fundraisers in Washington and Los Angeles.

"Our vision is to fill the broad, commercial void for socially and politically relevant film and television," Johnson said. " 'Harrison' represents the type of content we are committed to delivering to the public."

Former MGM executives Johnson and Roessler are producing alongside Jesse Singer. Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe and his senior adviser Peter O'Keefe will serve as consulting producers.

"This film is important because campaign-finance reform is important," McAuliffe said. " 'Harrison' will give audiences access to what will be a huge election-year issue."

Shooting is set to begin in the spring.

Gordon, whose helming credits include Warner Bros. Pictures' "What a Girl Wants" and NBC's "The Office," is repped by Endeavor and attorney David Colden.