From Screenwriting Oscar to Series TV…

…Not the usual order of things, is it? Which makes Stephen Gaghan our kinda guy.

‘Syriana’ Director Stephen Gaghan Inks Fox 21 Pod Deal
by Lacey Rose

Academy Award-winning screenwriterStephen Gaghan has inked a pod deal with Fox 21.

As part of the exclusive two-year pact, Gaghan (TrafficSyriana) will supervise other writers as well as write cable projects for himself. The latter is a prospect that excites Fox 21 president Bert Salke,whose current roster of series includes Showtime’s Homeland and FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

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Teacher! Teacher! We’ve got questions!

  1. Does this article really mean that TV has become so difficult to break into that you need to be an Oscar winner to do it?
  2. What’s a “pod deal,” dammit? We thought it meant a studio deal with a nonwriting producer. But, plainly, Gaghan doesn’t fit that suit of clothes

Enlightenment, please?