One of the longest and most successful relationships between a TV producer and a studio is being extended. Howard Gordon has inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he has been for more than 20 years. After a stint on 20th TV’s The X-Files, Gordon established himself as the showrunner of another 20th TV signature series, 24, presiding over the season that won the show a best drama series Emmy. He went on to co-create and executive produce another best drama series winner for the studio, Homeland.
Two years ago, 20th TV supported Gordon in taking the next step in his producing career with the launch of Teakwood Lane. Since then, Gordon and Teakwood Lane have steered three series: event drama 24: Live Another Day, which aired on Fox this summer and is eyeing a return for another installment; TNT’s Legends, which recently launched on TNT; and FX’s Tyrant, which was just renewed for a second season.
After two decades together, Gordon and 20th TV toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman — now chairmen and CEOs of Fox TV Group — have developed a strong personal bond, which is evident in Newman’s comments on Gordon’s new deal. “Dana and I met Howard over 20 years ago when he was a young writer on The X-Files, and we just knew then that he was a singular talent who was going to make a mark,” he said. “We take pride in the fact that he’s never left the studio, and if we have anything to say about it, he never will. He’s fiercely intelligent, incredibly talented, and cares so much about the work. Actors, writers and executives alike line up to work with him, for good reason. He’s quite simply one of the best there is.”
Gordon, a three-time Emmy winner who also won for co-writing the pilot of Homeland, is repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler.