With Gordon’s elevation to president and chief content officer, eOne will buy out the remaining 49% of Mark Gordon Co. for $209 million. As part of the shuffle, longtime eOne TV chief John Moryaniss will step down after a period of transition. Steve Bertram, formerly co-president of film, TV, and digital, has been upped to president.
“Mark Gordon is one of the industry’s most accomplished film and television producers with a long track-record of success and commitment to putting talent first. Mark’s leadership over content creation across eOne underscores our vision to be the preeminent platform-agnostic content company in the world,” said eOne CEO Darren Throop. “Today’s transaction signals that we are focused on investing heavily in the best creative talent. This is where Mark shines and what we know he’ll continue to do well into the future with eOne and all of our resources fully behind him.”
Since aligning with eOne, the Mark Gordon Co. has fielded a hit in the ABC drama “Designated Survivor” and delivered such films as “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Molly’s Game,” the latter of which just earned an adapted screenplay Oscar nom for writer-director Aaron Sorkin. With Gordon’s elevation, the Mark Gordon Co. banner will no longer be used on future projects that hail from his group within eOne.
Eone’s pitch to Gordon and other partners such as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and Brad Weston’s MakeReady has been to offer creative talent a bigger slice of the backend in exchange and more creative involvement in exchange for slightly slimmer paychecks upfront. Gordon Co. at present is readying a new ABC drama “The Rookie” with Nathan Fillion on board to star.
“Darren’s commitment to support our vision gives me confidence that we will achieve the quality and volume of premium content on a much broader scale both domestically and internationally,” said Gordon. “Ultimately, it is the creative partnerships with producers, writers, directors and actors that will bring us success. It is our mission to provide them the opportunity to tell great stories and to be financially rewarded for their work.”
Moryaniss has been with eOne since 2008. Throop expressed gratitude to the veteran executive for building eOne’s TV business in the U.S. largely from scratch.
“John’s relationships across the industry resulted in exponential growth across eOne’s television business in Canada and around the globe, and he leaves us with incredible momentum,” Throop said.