Media release: Another ‘gamechanger’ added to Edinburgh TV Festival line-up


AWARD-winning TV and film producer, Mark Gordon, is the latest name to join Edinburgh TV Festival’s esteemed line-up of ‘international gamechangers’.

As CEO of The Mark Gordon Company (MGC), which in 2015 partnered with Entertainment One (eOne) to create an independent television and film studio, Gordon develops, finances and produces premium content.

MGC’s slate includes projects both developed internally, as well as from other producers and third parties who desire the support and creative input for which the company is known.

MGC is behind ABC’s hit drama series, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Gordon’s television executive producer credits also include global successes such as Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, Criminal Minds and franchise spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Quantico.

The former president of the Producers Guild of America also has a raft of films to his credit including the award-winning Saving Private Ryan, Speed, 2012, The Day after Tomorrow, The Patriot, and Steve Jobs.

His upcoming feature film projects include the live action film with Walt Disney Pictures, The Nutcracker and the Four Realmsstarring Keira Knightly and Morgan Freeman; Molly’s Game starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba with eOne; and Murder on the Orient Express with 20th Century Fox, starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Advisory chair, Diederick Santer, said: “Mark Gordon is a prolific producer and it will be fascinating to hear what makes him tick, how he approaches projects and how he has maintained such an illustrious career spanning both film and television.

“Our goal is to provide delegates with thought-provoking and inspiring content and I’m sure Mark will deliver in spades.”

Gordon joins Kent Alterman, Comedy Central president, and Courteney Monroe, CEO Nat Geo Global Networks on festival’s ‘gamechanger’ strand, with more names still to be announced.

Past speakers on the hugely-successful strand have included: Peter Rice, chair and CEO for the Fox Networks Group; Bryan Singer, director; Patrick Moran, executive vice-president, ABC Studios; Keli Lee, MD of International Content and Talent for the ABC Entertainment Group; Michael Ellenberg, executive vice-president HBO Programming; John Landgraf, CEO FX; Roy Price, director Amazon Studios; Paul Lee, president ABC Entertainment Group; Rich Ross, group president Discovery US; and David Nevins, president, Showtime.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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