Magazine article Variety

Working from Home

Magazine article Variety

Working from Home

Article excerpt

As the executive producer of Showtime's Emmy-winning "Homeland," Alex Gansa has a more formal office on the Fox lot. But when it comes to getting the real work of his job done, he heads to the hideaway tucked behind his house in the Pacific Palisades. It's in this bright, airy loft where he hunkers down for three hours every morning and night to write the series' page-turning scripts. "The internet is terrible up here, so I'm really isolated with the page and with my books," he says. "It's been such a sanctuary." DEBRA BIRNBAUM

EVIL DOES IT

When Shaun Toub, who played season three villain Javadi, was being honored by an Iranian acting society, Gansa created a video presentation - hoping it might further his Emmy campaign. "As a consolation prize, we inducted him into the 'Homeland' Villains Hall of Fame," he says.

WRITE STUFF

When Gansa first came to L.A. along with his friend (and "Homeland" executive producer) Howard Gordon, the duo started an SAT preparation company to make ends meet. …

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