Liberty Hill Honors "Homeland" Creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon

by Anonymous (not verified) on April 03, 2013

2012 Winter TCA PartyLiberty Hill presents the Upton Sinclair Award to those who, like the muckraking journalist Sinclair, combine their talents and beliefs to advance social justice. The Upton Sinclair Award honors those whose work illustrates an abiding commitment to social justice and equality.

This year, on April 23, at the 2013 Upton Sinclair Dinner, Liberty Hill is proud to present the Upton Sinclair Award to Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, executive producers of "Homeland." Friends and collaborators since college, Alex and Howard are being recognized for their contribution to the nation’s political and social landscape, as well as their commitment to social justice in Los Angeles.

As the creators of "Homeland," a politically-nuanced dramatization of cultural differences and the complexities of war, Alex and Howard embody the Liberty Hill spirit of "Change, not Charity" by exploring difficult issues. In addition to winning the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Homeland also won six 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The show also won two WGA awards for Best New Series and Episodic Drama, the Peabody Award, the Television Critics’ Association Award, the Critics’ Choice Television Award, and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Programs of the Year in 2011 and 2012. "Homeland" has recently finished its second season.

Alex describes "Homeland" as reflecting the “much more contemplative perspective in America since the Twin Towers came down.” Americans are “distanced enough from those very raw events to look at the course of the last ten years in a more objective way, and that allows the drama of "Homeland" to be a little more nuanced.”

But Alex and Howard’s talents are not limited to creating smart, sophisticated, exciting television — these two leaders are also deeply committed to social justice, equality, and fighting for a healthier planet. Both are longtime supporters of Liberty Hill.

Liberty Hill's 2013 Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner honors Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon (Upton Sinclair Award), co-creators and executive producers of the award-winning series "Homeland," for their commitment to social justice, equality and fighting for a healthier planet; Alison Morgan and Parke Skelton (Founders Award), the fundraiser/strategist duo, for their powerful work in L.A.'s social justice and progressive political communities; and Charles F. Johnson (Creative Vision Award), the producer of such genre-defining works as NCIS, JAG and the NAACP Image Award-winning film Red Tails about the Tuskegee Airmen, for building pathways within the entertainment industry to create balanced and equal opportunities for people of color.

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