EXCLUSIVE: This would be considered a major loss for any agency as Mark Gordon is among the top nonwriting TV producers with several shows that have gone the distance, including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Lifetime’s Army Wives. Gordon had been with Chris Silbermann for more than a decade, first at BWCS and then at ICM, and Silbermann guided the producer as he built his Mark Gordon Co. from scratch into a several-hundred-million-dollar pod. The timing of Gordon’s departure is surprising. It comes on the heels of the breakout success of his latest series, Ray Donovan, which broke ratings records for Showtime this summer. It also comes at the height of selling season and in the midst of the Mark Gordon Co.’s big four-year deal at ABC Studios, which has two more years on it.
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Gordon already has several projects set up for next season, including joining ABC’s redevelopment of Big Thunder and dramas with writers Aaron Stockard and Nichole Millard & Kathryn Price, all at ABC, as well as several other projects in various stages of being packaged and taken out to networks. Details about the reasons behind Gordon’s abrupt departure are sketchy, though I hear a decision by the agency to expose a piece of material he had wanted exclusively to all of its producers might have been a contributing factor. Gordon was the biggest nonwriting producer at ICM Partners, which has been focused on representing creator-driven pods like those headed by Shonda Rhimes, Bill Lawrence, Chris Morgan, Jason Winer, David Shore and Vince Gilligan. It is unclear where Gordon will go next, but he likely will be pursued by all other major agencies.