Mark Gordon

Film producer makes successful jump to TV

Jerry Bruckheimer’s monster success in TV has inspired a slew of film producers to jump to the smallscreen. None has had as many triumphs in the form as Gordon.

Man behind blockbusters from “Saving Private Ryan” to “The Day After Tomorrow” is quickly gaining on Bruckheimer in terms of primetime hits. He’ll inch even closer if his two newest shows — the CW’s quirky dramedy “Reaper” and ABC’s preordained hit “Private Practice” (aka the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff) — live up to their very high preseason expectations.

Working with TV topper Deb Spera, Gordon has demonstrated an ability to produce populist fare for multiple networks. In addition to working with Shonda Rhimes on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” he’s behind the meat-and-potatoes procedural “Criminal Minds” at CBS and Lifetime’s much-needed new hit “Army Wives.”

“Mark and our team are always driven by compelling material with rich characters,” Spera says. “Over the past three years, we have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented show creators who bring us great material that audiences are connecting with.”

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