This panel will feature political minds from Washington D.C. to Hollywood to examine portrayals of the White House and the real thing. Panel includes:
Howard Gordon, a critically acclaimed television writer and producer, co-created the award-winning breakout series Homeland. Gordon was also the executive producer of the television series 24, 24: Live Another Day, Tyrant, and 24: Legacy. A twenty-five-year industry veteran, Gordon first gained national attention for his award-winning work on the groundbreaking series The X-Files, for which he won multiple Golden Globes.
John Mankiewicz is an Emmy-nominated television and film executive producer and screenwriter. He co-created the 2020 true-crime drama series Interrogation. He was co-executive producer for Bosch, and he co-created the television series The Street. He wrote and produced the first two seasons of the medical drama, House. A former journalist, he has contributed to Esquire, Rolling Stone, and most recently, the New Yorker. He was a columnist and beat reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A musician, he played guitar with Kinky Friedman, and was the musical director of Turn Ben Stein On, a talk show on Comedy Central.
Steve Schmidt, a University of Delaware alumnus and CPC founding senior fellow, is one of the premier public affairs and campaign strategists in the country. In December 2019, he co-founded The Lincoln Project, a political action committee, after formally leaving the GOP. He regularly appears on national news programs including those on MSNBC. Schmidt has worked on numerous Republican campaigns, most notably managing daily operations of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign. He also served as an adviser for President George W. Bush.