GORDON ELLIOTT, CEO, Follow Productions
Gordon Elliott began his broadcast career at 19 in radio while studying law at Sydney University. His first job was recording and editing the political reports of another young radio reporter Malcolm Turnbull.
Before he was in his mid-twenties, he began his television career launching Australia’s number one national morning news program, “Good Morning Australia.” It was the first network television production for both Gordon and the new owner, Rupert Murdoch.
||Turning 30 and looking for more adventure, he decided to join old Aussie friends in New York. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with Fox Network starting up and the beginning of their breakout syndicated newsmagazine, A Current Affair.
Within a year Gordon and his Fox buddies decided there was new ground to be broken locally in New York. Together they created Good Day New York, which has become a modern day institution and the model for countless regional morning shows that have since evolved.
It was during this period Gordon created the unannounced early morning Door Knock, a feature that helped propel Good Day to lead the ratings against all network rivals. Catching the eye of CBS, he soon found himself hosting their first daily syndicated talk show, aptly named The Gordon Elliott Show. It was a fun, intelligent alternative for viewers in daytime television. At the end of its four-year run, Gordon went on to host prime time network specials for ABC, Fox and CBS as well as an NBC network series. In 1999, he decided it was time to branch out from his post in front of the camera and try behind the scenes and created his own production company, Follow Productions.
Since then, he has been lucky enough to discover and develop some of the most successful lifestyle personalities on television today. Having produced over 20 different television series, and picking up an Emmy along the way for Best Lifestyle Series for his work on Paula’s Home Cooking, Gordon has helped guide his partner networks into long-standing successful franchises.
In 2011, Gordon and long time Follow associates Mark Schneider and Aimee Householder, launched the first ever food talk show, “The Chew” for ABC Network. It has become another Emmy award winning series and a mainstay of ABC networks daytime line up.
Gordon has three sons and splits his time between Manhattan and his home in upstate New York.