Mark Gordon is in talks to exit his role at Entertainment One as president and chief content officer of film, television and digital following conflict between the veteran film and TV producer and senior managers of the British-Canadian indie.
Entertainment One is said to be pushing Gordon out after it became clear that he was ill-suited to the role of managing a large organization. A source close to the situation observed: “They were unhappy together.” It’s still unclear if Gordon will have any ties to E One as a producer although a source said there was hope that Gordon could shift into a creative-focused role while turning more management duties over to Peter Micelli, the former CAA agent who joined E One as chief strategy officer for film, TV and digital in February 2018.
“While we don’t comment on internal organizational discussions, we can say that Mark Gordon continues to be a very important part of the eOne team now and into the future,” a spokeswoman for E One.
Gordon is leaving about 18 months after he was promoted to president and chief content officer. E One bought out the Mark Gordon Co. banner in two transactions, in 2015 and 2018, for a total of $342 million. In January 2018, in connection with the $209 million buyout of the remaining 49% of Gordon’s company, he was promoted to the E One-level management post.
Initially after Gordon pacted with E One in January 2015, the Gordon Co. banner operated autonomously with funding and administrative support from E One, headed by CEO Darren Throop. E One has sought to build up its roster of talent through the buyout of Gordon Co. and production deals such as its deal with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.
During Gordon’s run at E One, the company has fielded two high-profile dramas for ABC: Kiefer Sutherland starrer “Designated Survivor” and cop drama “The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion. “Designated Survivor” was canceled after two seasons by ABC in May 2018, after much turnover behind the scenes among showrunners, but the political drama was rescued for a third season by Netflix that begins next week. “Rookie” is heading into its second season on ABC.
E One last year also landed a new series order for drama “Deputy” from Fox and has a big commitment at Netflix to develop TV programs and movies based on C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise. Micelli has been working closely with Gordon in guiding the expansion of the TV studio and is expected to play a bigger role after Gordon’s transition.
On the film side, E One’s notable production during Gordon’s leadership was the 2017 Jessica Chastain drama “Molly’s Game,” which earned an Oscar nom for adapted screenplay and marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Gordon’s other TV series include ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” which is also set for its 15th and final season later this year.