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Showtime CEO Talks to Bloomberg Television About the Huge Impact of Homeland

It was four, five years ago that Showtime CEO Matt Blank saw the writing on the wall. In a fascinating interview with Bloomberg TV’s Deirdre Bolton, he notes that the prices for movie broadcast rights from certain Hollywood studios were becoming prohibitive at the time and led him, to the outcry of naysayers, to redirect that money into the development of original programming.


Today, Showtime is sitting pretty with the most decorated and buzzed about drama on TV, Homeland. It’s the show that, as Blank puts it, “people stop me on the street and want to talk about.”

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PEN Center USA Announces Literary Award Winners

Native Angeleno Ben Ehrenreich won the Journalism category for his Harper’s Magazine story “Drip, Jordan: Israel’s water war with Palestine.” We’re awfully proud of him, just as we are fellow FishbowlLA editor Matthew Fleischer, who was a finalist in the Journalism category.

Other Southern Californians to take home PEN awards include Suzanne Jill Levine of Santa Barbara for the Translation category, Hollywood talents Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig for the screenplay Bridesmaids, Alex Ganza, Howard Gordon, & Gideon Raff, who won the Teleplay category for the pilot episode of Homeland.

A full list of winners can be found after the jump.

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Homeland Co-Creator Howard Gordon is a Busy Man

24 executive producer Howard Gordon just saw his new show Homeland win a Golden Globe award for “Best Drama.” But that success doesn’t seem to have satisfied him a whole lot. Not only has he started producing a sci-fi show for NBC called Awake, he’s got a new novel out called Hard Target. LA Weekly caught up with Gordon in the 30 to 40 seconds he wasn’t producing something.

Howard Gordon: I would say that my greater stress, and that was specific to me, was trying to do both and maintain my day job and find the time to write a novel. The first one, I did at least most of it, or half of it, during the writer’s strike. Because I got a two-book deal out of it, I had to sort of make a deadline.

In my business, when you write a pilot, you don’t even know whether the pilot will get shot, let alone they pick up the series. In this case, I happened to have two shows. It was a perfect storm in the be careful what you wish for department. I had both Homeland and Awake that got picked up and the contract for Hard Target that was due. It was a challenge.

LA Weekly: Did you develop any tricks to managing your time?

The only trick is to get as little sleep as possible.

No kidding.

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