The Producers Guild Of America will honor Mark Gordon with its 2015 Norman Lear Award For Television, which it will present during the 26th Annual PGA Awards on January 24. The television and film producer has more than 75 motion picture and television projects to his credit. Gordon’s company’s latest project is courtroom comedy Benched for USA network, set to premiere October 28. Gordon currently serves as exec producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CBS’ Criminal Minds and Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He is a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner and a Golden Globe winner for his work on Grey’s Anatomy. Other TV credits include Private Practice, Army Wives and Reaper.
“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan,’” said Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy. “Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to be honored with this award from my friends and colleagues at the Producers Guild. Television is a wonderfully collaborative medium, and I have been lucky to work with so many talented people, all of whom have helped make this award possible,” said Mark Gordon.
Gordon’s upcoming film work includes the untitled Steve Jobs biopic and Arms And The Dudes starring Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf. Previous film credits include Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow, Speed, Source Code, The Messenger and The Patriot. As executive producer and financier, Gordon’s credits include Tomb Raider, Wonder Boys, The Painted Veil, Simple Plan and Primary Colors.
The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre. Previous recipients include J.J. Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear, himself.