EXCLUSIVE: Alex Gansa, who developed Showtime’s hot freshman drama Homeland with Howard Gordon, has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, which developed the series and whose cable division Fox21 produces it. Under the pact, Gansa will continue to executive produce/co-showrun Homeland with Gordon and will also develop new projects both for cable and broadcast. “The work that Alex Gansa has done on Homeland for the last year and a half is as good as any work I’ve seen done in television,” said Fox 21 president Bert Salke. “He lives and breathes the show, and he has a great instinct about what is right for the world of Homeland.” While many TV writer-producers are good on the page but not great leaders or vice versa, Gansa is one of those rare exceptions who “could do it all,” Salke said. Homeland will remain Gansa’s first priority. “In addition to that, we have great aspirations for his development,” Salke said. Gansa, repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler, has a long relationship with 20th TV that goes back to his stint on the studio’s Fox drama The X Files. He also served as a co-executive producer/executive producer on the final two seasons of the Fox/20th TV drama 24, which was run by Gordon. The two then teamed to create Homeland loosely based on the Israeli series Hatufim.
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