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The Mark Gordon Company
The Mark Gordon Company
Formerly
The Meledandri/Gordon Company (1987-1991)
Production company
IndustryFilm
Television
Founded1987; 33 years ago (1987)
FounderMark Gordon
Chris Meledandri
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Key people
Mark Gordon
ProductsMotion pictures
Television

The Mark Gordon Company (formerly The Meledandri/Gordon Company) is an American production company owned by Mark Gordon. It is notable for their for their output, including feature films, like Speed, many of Roland Emmerich's films Gordon produced like The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C. and 2012, and TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and Criminal Minds.

History

Original era (1987-1995)

In 1987, film producers Mark Gordon and Chris Meledandri, who later go on to found Illumination Entertainment, formed The Meledandri/Gordon Company, with a non-exclusive deal with Paramount Pictures. Meledandri quit in 1991 to join Dawn Steel's production company, and it was renamed to The Mark Gordon Company.[1][2]

Its big break came in 1994 when Gordon made its first success with its film Speed, which grossed $350.4 million at the box office.[3][4]

Their second big success from Gordon was the 1996 film Broken Arrow, which grossed $150.2 million at the box office.[5]

On December 10, 1995, Gordon merged its own company with Gary Levinson's Classico Entertainment, which ultimately signed a deal with Paramount Pictures after its deal with Fox ends. It was at first known as Cloud Nine Entertainment, before settling on Mutual Film Company.[6]

Second era (2000-2015)

On September 7, 2000 it was announced that Mark Gordon is quitting Mutual Film Company in order to relaunch its own company.[7] A year later, on October 10, 2001 it signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce new films under its own production company and hired Betsy Beers to run the company.[8]

In 2002, Gordon partnered with Bob Yari to launch Stratus Film Company, to produce independent feature films, and hired Mark Gill as executive of the studio.[9] Gordon exited the organization in 2005.[10]

In 2003, Gordon signed a deal with Columbia Pictures to produce its feature films for a three-year pact.[11]

In 2004, Mark Gordon is producing its first TV series LAX for NBC, which came from the studio.[12] On August 18, 2004, Gordon signed a deal with Touchstone Television for two years, where the studio is developing drama projects.[13]

That same year, The Day After Tomorrow became the studio's first hit under the new era, and it grossed $552.6 million worldwide.[14]

In 2005, Gordon made his first big success on TV with the Shonda Rhimes-created series Grey's Anatomy.[15] The studio followed up his success with Criminal Minds, which aired on CBS.[16]

In 2007, its own pact with ABC Studios was renewed.[17] Four years later, in 2011, it signed a production deal with The Walt Disney Studios, whereas Gordon is running the company for four years until 2015.[18]

Entertainment One era (2015-2018)

In 2015, Entertainment One acquired its 51% stake in The Mark Gordon Company. eOne will handle international sales of its productions developed by The Mark Gordon Company.[19] In 2016, Gordon launched its first two independent shows under eOne's regime, including Designated Survivor and Conviction, all of them were co-produced with ABC Studios and aired on the ABC network.[20]

In 2018, Entertainment One acquired the remaining 49% of the company and it was folded The Mark Gordon Company into the parent company, by making Gordon president of it.[21]

Third era (2019-present)

On July 25, 2019, Mark Gordon announced that they will step down as Entertainment One president, in order to relaunch its own independent studio, with its own first-look deal with the studio eOne.[22]

Productions

Theatrical/direct-to-video films

Year Title Director Distributor Notes Budget Gross (worldwide)
1988 Brothers in Arms George Bloom Vision p.d.g. International first film; as The Meledandri/Gordon Company; co-production with Ablo and Jel N/A
1990 Opportunity Knocks Donald Petrie Universal Pictures as The Meledandri Gordon Company; co-production with Brad Grey Productions, Imagine Entertainment and Carolco International N.V. $13 million $11.3 million
1992 Traces of Red Andy Wolk The Samuel Goldwyn Company uncredited N/A $3.2 million
Fly by Night Steve Gomer Arrow Releasing as The Meledandri/Gordon Company; co-production with Lumiere Productions N/A
1993 Swing Kids Thomas Carter Buena Vista Pictures co-production with Touchwood Pacific Partners I, Hollywood Pictures and John Bard Manulis Productions $12 million $5.6 million
1994 Speed Jan de Bont 20th Century Fox $30 million $350.4 million
Trial by Jury Heywood Gould Warner Bros. uncredited; co-production with Morgan Creek Productions N/A $6.97 million
1995 A Pyromaniac's Love Story Joshua Brand Buena Vista Pictures co-production with Hollywood Pictures N/A $468,240
1996 Broken Arrow John Woo 20th Century Fox last film under original regime before folding into Mutual Film Company $50 million $150.2 million
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Stephen Norrington first film under new regime since he left Mutual Film Company
uncredited; co-production with Angry Films and Fountainbridge Films
$78 million $179.3 million
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Roland Emmerich co-production with Lions Gate Films and Centropolis Entertainment $125 million $552.6 million
2005 Casanova Lasse Hallström Buena Vista Pictures co-production with Touchstone Pictures and Hallström/Holleran Productions N/A $37.6 million
Life of the Party Barra Grant THINKfilm co-production with Brian Reilly Productions N/A
2006 The Hoax Lasse Hallström Miramax Films co-production with Bob Yari Productions, Hallström/Holleran Productions and City Entertainment $25 million $11.7 million
The Painted Veil John Curran Warner Independent Pictures co-production with Bob Yari Productions, Colleton Company, Emotion Pictures, Class 5 Films and Warner China Film HG Corporation $19.4 million $26.8 million
2007 Talk to Me Kasi Lemmons Focus Features co-production with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Pelagius Films N/A $4.77 million
2008 10,000 B.C. Roland Emmerich Warner Bros. Pictures uncredited; co-production with Legendary Pictures and Centropolis Entertainment $105 million $269.8 million
Heart of a Dragon Michael French China Film Group Corporation co-production with Thunder Bay Films $10 million N/A
2009 The Messenger Oren Moverman Oscilloscope Laboratories co-production with Omnilab Media, Sherazade Film Development, BZ Entertainment and Good Worldwide $6.5 million $1.5 million
12 Rounds Renny Harlin 20th Century Fox co-production with Fox Atomic and WWE Studios N/A $17.28 million
2012 Roland Emmerich Sony Pictures Releasing uncredited; co-production with Columbia Pictures and Centropolis Entertainment $200 million $769.7 million
2011 The Details Jacob Aaron Estes The Weinstein Company co-production with LD Entertainment N/A $63,595
Source Code Duncan Jones Summit Entertainment co-production with Vendôme Pictures and StudioCanal $31.9 million $147.3 million
Rampart Oren Moverman Millennium Entertainment uncredited; co-production with Waypoint Entertainment, Amalgam Pictures, The Third Mind Pictures and Lightstream Entertainment $12 million $1.56 million
2013 The To Do List Maggie Carey CBS Films co-production with Varsity Pictures $1.5 million $3.9 million
2015 Steve Jobs Danny Boyle Universal Pictures co-production with Legendary Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Entertainment 360, Decibel Films, Cloud Eight Films and Digital Image Associates $30 million $34.4 million
2016 War Dogs Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures co-production with RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Joint Effort Productions $50 million $86.2 million
2017 Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin STX Films co-production with Huayi Brothers, Tang Media Productions and Pascal Pictures $30 million $59.3 million
Sand Castle Fernando Coimbra Netflix co-production with Treehouse Pictures and International Traders N/A
Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh 20th Century Fox co-production with Kinberg Genre and Scott Free Productions $55 million $352.8 million
2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Lasse Hallström
Joe Johnston
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures co-production with Walt Disney Pictures $120-133 million $174 million
2020 Death on the Nile Kenneth Branagh 20th Century Studios co-production with Kinberg Genre and Scott Free Productions TBA

Television shows

Years Title Creator Network Notes Seasons Episodes
2004-2005 LAX Nick Thiel NBC co-production with Nick Thiel Productions and NBC Universal Television Studio 1 13
2005-present Grey's Anatomy Shonda Rhimes ABC co-production with Shondaland (season 2- ), Touchstone Television (seasons 1-3) and ABC Studios (season 4- ) 16 363
2005-2020 Criminal Minds Jeff Davis CBS co-production with Paramount Network Television (season 1), CBS Paramount Network Television (season 2-4), CBS Television Studios (seasons 5-15), Touchstone Television (seasons 1-2) and ABC Studios (seasons 3-15) 15 324
2007-2013 Army Wives Katherine Fugate
based on the book "Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives" by:
Tanya Biank
Lifetime co-production with ABC Studios 7 117
Private Practice Shonda Rhimes ABC co-production with Shondaland and ABC Studios 6 111
2007-2009 Reaper Michelle Fazekas
Tara Butters
The CW co-production with Fazekas & Butters and ABC Studios 2 31
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Edward Allen Bernero
Chris Mundy
CBS co-production with Bernero Productions, CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios 1 13
2013 Family Tools Bobby Bowman ABC co-production with ITV Studios America and ABC Studios 10
2013-2020 Ray Donovan Ann Biderman Showtime co-production with Ann Biderman Co. (season 1), Bider Sweet Productions (season 2), David Hollander Productions (seasons 3-7) and Showtime Networks 7 82
2014 Benched Michaela Watkins
Damon Jones
USA Network co-production with ABC Signature 1 12
2015-2018 Quantico Joshua Safran ABC co-production with ABC Studios, Random Acts Productions (seasons 1-2) and Maniac Productions (season 3) 3 57
2016-2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Erica Messer CBS co-production with Erica Messer Productions, CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios 2 26
Conviction Liz Friedlander
Liz Friedman
ABC co-production with Entertainment One, Double Fried and ABC Studios 1 13
2016-2019 Designated Survivor David Guggenheim ABC/Netflix co-production with Entertainment One, Kinberg Genre, ABC Studios (seasons 1-2) and Baer Bones (season 3) 3 53
2018 Youth & Consequences Jason Ubaldi YouTube Premium co-production with Entertainment One 1 8
2018-present The Rookie Alexi Hawley ABC co-production with Entertainment One, Perfectman Pictures and ABC Studios 2 40

Television movies/pilots/specials

Year Title Director Network Notes
1991 Lightning Field Michael Switzer USA Network as The Meledandri/Gordon Company; co-production with Wilshire Court Productions
Love Kills Brian Grant as The Meledandri/Gordon Company; co-production with Wilshire Court Productions and O.T.M.L. Productions, Inc.
1995 The Man Who Wouldn't Die Bill Condon ABC uncredited; co-production with Alan Barnette Productions and Universal Television
Children Remember the Holocaust Mark Gordon CBS uncredited
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Bruce Beresford HBO co-production with HBO Films
Footsteps John Badham CBS co-production with Ken Raskoff Productions and Fox Television Studios
2005 Warm Springs Joseph Sargent HBO co-production with HBO Films
2006 A House Divided Michael Rymer ABC co-production with Touchstone Television
2009 House Rules Daniel Minahan CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios
Empire State Jeremy Podeswa ABC co-production with ABC Studios
2010 It Takes a Village Michael Fresco
2011 Identity Gary Fleder co-production with ITV Studios America and ABC Studios
2012 Dark Horse Roland Emmerich co-production with ABC Studios
Americana Phillip Noyce
2013 Gothica Anand Tucker
2014 Clementine Michael Dinner
2015 Agatha Jace Alexander co-production with Stearns Castle Entertainment and ABC Studios
2017 The Climb Chris Robinson Prime Video co-production with Entertainment One and Amazon Studios
Las Reinas Liz Friedlander ABC co-production with Entertainment One and ABC Studios

References

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  2. ^ Eller, Claudia (1993-02-19). "Meledandri to join new Fox regime". Variety. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "1994 Summer Box Office Blockbuster Contest Analysis". lasr.cs.ucla.edu. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Speed". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Broken Arrow". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "GORDON SETTO MOVE DEAL TO PARAMOUNT". Variety. 1995-10-16. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Fleming, Michael; Brodesser, Claude (2000-09-07). "Mutual team to part ways". Variety. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (2001-10-10). "Gordon does a Fox trot". Variety. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Abrupt Departure by Gill Surprises Many at Miramax". Los Angeles Times. 2002-10-16. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Harris, Dana (2005-03-03). "New status for Stratus". Variety. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Snyder, Gabriel (2003-10-01). "Gordon near 3-year Col prod'n deal". Variety. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "'LAX' makes bad connection". Deseret News. 2004-09-04. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Breaking News - Development Update: August 16-18 | TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "The Day After Tomorrow (2004) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Fogel, Matthew (2005-05-08). "'Grey's Anatomy' Goes Colorblind". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Boone, Brian (2016-08-16). "The untold truth of Criminal Minds". Looper.com. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Schneider, Michael (2007-09-24). "ABC pacts with Mark Gordon". Variety. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Mark Gordon Signs First Look Deal With Disney". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved .
  19. ^ Barraclough, Leo (2015-01-06). "EOne Acquires 51% Stake in the Mark Gordon Co. for $133 Million". Variety. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "ABC presents 2016-17 prime-time plans". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved .
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-01-29). "Mark Gordon Becomes Entertainment One President As eOne Buys Rest Of His Company, John Morayniss Steps Down". Deadline. Retrieved .
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Fleming, Mike, Jr. (2019-07-25). "eOne Sets Mark Gordon's Transition To Producing, Formalizes Film & TV Leadership". Deadline. Retrieved .

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