Four-year deal covers TV, film production
Producer Mark Gordon has cut a new four-year deal with Walt Disney Studios, encompassing film and TV production.Mark Gordon Co. has been based on the Mouse House lot for the past 10 years. New pact extends the company’s overall deal with ABC Studios, where the Gordon Co. shingle has delivered hits including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds.” Deal includes a first-look pact for features. Gordon is excited to stay where he’s on a hot streak. “I am incentivized by virtue of the fact that I’ve had success here,” he said. “These people are my family.” ABC Entertainment prexy Paul Lee called the prolific Gordon “a tremendous talent.” Disney Studios production prexy Sean Bailey concurred, noting his track record as a ”high-quality producer.” Though Deborah Spera, president of Gordon’s television division, is stepping down in June, he said he is close to signing an executive to succeed her. Gordon will keep a watchful eye on the primetime skeds set to be announced next month; he has one drama pilot, “Identity,” in contention at ABC. He’s thrilled with the dailies and expects to see a first cut on Sunday. “It’s a very good procedural with a strong character arc and we’ve got a great cast,” he said. He also acknowledged that the future is cloudy for one of his current series, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” which has struggled in the ratings at CBS. “I think that of all the fall shows that we have I’m the least confident of that one,” he acknowledged. “I don’t know what CBS’ plans are, but they’ve been incredibly supportive and have a lot invested in the franchise.” Gordon, who also serves as co-prexy of the Producers Guild of America, was repped in the deal by ICM and attorney Craig Jacobson.