Mark Gordon has renewed his deal with ABC Studios, where he has been for 10 years. Additionally, he has inked a first-look pact with Walt Disney Studios. The four-year Disney deal covers overhead for Gordon’s banner, Mark Gordon Company, on the film and TV side. “I’m so incredibly fortunate to have such a long and successful relationship with ABC Studios,” said Gordon. “I’m especially pleased we were able to expand our partnership into film with a first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios.” Despite Gordon’s long tenure at ABC Studios, I hear he also fielded offers from other studios, and it came down to the wire between ABC Studios and Sony Pictures TV.
Gordon currently has five series on the air for ABC Studios: ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, as well as Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon is currently producing ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot Identity, starring Angela Bassett. “Mark is a tremendous talent with a great track record,” said Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group.
Gordon’s most recent film projects include the just-released Duncan Jones sci-fi thriller Source Code, Roland Emmerich’s 2012, and The Messenger. “Mark is a high-quality producer, and we are very happy to have him as a partner at The Walt Disney Studios,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. Gordon’s next film release … Read More »
UPDATE: Mark Gordon Apologizes To PGA
Producer Mark Gordon Uses N-Word Twice At TV Table Read: Lifetime Notifies ABC Studios “This Needs To Be Dealt With”
EXCLUSIVE 2ND UPDATE: I’ve now learned that, after Lifetime HR reported Mark Gordon to ABC Studios HR, the producer was “admonished aggressively” by ABC Studios EVP Howard Davine, who oversees Business Affairs and Administration for Disney’s TV production studio. I’m told that Davine called up Gordon the day after the producer used the N-word twice at a pilot table read and told him, “We need you to understand this is a completely inappropriate thing you’ve done. We know you’ve never had any experiences like this before. But we will be watching you.”
No other action was taken by ABC Studios.
Meanwhile, I’ve also learned that Shonda Rhimes, Gordon’s African-American co-executive producer on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, learned about the test read incident because of Deadline Hollywood’s report. A source close to her told me today, “She thinks he’s an idiot. She thinks what he did is terrible, stupid, and embarrassing. But she doesn’t think he’s a racist.”
Producers Guild Co-Prez Mark Gordon Apologizes To Board
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Lifetime formally notified Disney’s ABC Studios that prominent TV and film producer Mark Gordon six weeks ago used the word “nigger” twice during a table read of the pilot for the Army Wives spinoff. He did it in front of cast and crew — including two African-American actresses, pilot lead Gabrielle Union and Army Wives series regular Wendy Davis. “Lifetime took all appropriate steps and notified the studio that this is a situation that needs to be dealt with,” an executive tells me.
In turn, a ABC exec informs me, “it was dealt with appropriately. I can’t go beyond that.”
Gordon issued this statement to me: “I feel terrible about this. It was a stupid lapse in judgment. I didn’t meant [sic] to offend anyone, and I’ve apologized to everyone involved.”
Gordon, who is white, has a deal with ABC Studios. He not only is executive producer of Army Wives and one of ABC Studios’ busiest TV producers, but also executive producer of the series Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice with African American showrunner Shonda Rhimes. It was ABC Studios that first put them together because Rhimes had no showrunner experience. As a film producer, Gordon has worked with Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan, Roland Emmerich on 10,000 BC, Mel Gibson on The Patriot, and Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock on Speed.
I’ve confirmed these details: At the table read, there was a … Read More »