Writing for Television: The Road to Homeland
A Conversation with Alex Gansa: Writer/Producer of Entourage, 24, The X Files and Dawson’s Creek
Alex Gansa, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Showtime's current hit series Homeland, will speak about his career as a television writer at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater of Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts on December 6th at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Gansa, a 1984 graduate of Princeton, has spent the last 27 years in Hollywood as a writer and producer for a wide variety of award-winning shows including 24, Entourage, The X Files, Dawson’s Creek, Beauty and the Beast and Spenser: For Hire. On many of his shows, he has worked in collaboration with Princeton classmate Howard Gordon, the Executive Producer of 24. Their latest success, Homeland, was inspired by an Israeli series entitled Prisoners of War, which focused on the difficult adjustments soldiers must make after their periods of captivity. Gansa and Gordon have taken the story in the direction of a psychological thriller, with the help of extraordinary performances by series stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Michael Cadden, Acting Chair of the Lewis Center, will moderate a Q and A session with Gansa, with an eye to exploring Gansa’s career, the ins and outs of the television industry, and the craft of storytelling as exemplified by Homeland. According to Cadden, "Television is a medium that values writers, and Gansa and Gordon are among the best in the business. Homeland shows them at the top of their game."
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
James M. Stewart '32 Theater