Homeland co-creator/executive producer Howard Gordon has launched Teakwood Lane, a production company housed at 20th Century Fox TV where the former 24 showrunner has spent nearly his entire career. The pod deal for Teakwood Lane replaces Gordon’s overall deal at the studio. Gordon continues as an executive producer on the critically-praised Homeland alongside co-creator/showrunner Alex Gansa, and will focus on developing and overseeing new series for all the networks, both broadcast and cable. In addition to continuing to create shows of his own, Gordon has hired Hugh Fitzpatrick as Head of Television for Teakwood Lane, and he will be charged with managing the company’s development slate.
“Howard Gordon is a gifted storyteller, a brilliant producer, and about the most beloved showrunner working in this business,” 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “The question was never how do we extend our relationship with him, but how do we clone him”? Gordon called launching a company “a natural evolution for me, a chance to leverage my experience and my relationships to develop new shows for the studio”.
Gordon has known Fitzpatrick for a long time — Fitzpatrick was once an assistant of Gordon’s agent Rick Rosen. “I’ve always appreciated his taste, his sensibility, and the way he conducted himself professionally”, Gordon said. “Our mandate will be to make shows we’d want to watch ourselves”. A 25-year industry veteran, WME-repped Gordon first gained attention for his work on the hit Fox/20th TV series The X-Files and was the showrunner and executive producer of 24 for which he received both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for Best Drama Series. His other credits include Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Beauty And The Beast, Sisters and Spenser: For Hire. Fitzpatrick recently served as VP Television Development at BBC Worldwide Prods. Previously, he was a TV lit agent at Endeavor after starting his career in the agency’s mailroom.