WHO WE ARE

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With the world as its market, The Gurin Company is one of the leading independent creators, producers and distributors of non-scripted television, focusing on entertainment, game shows, live events and factual formats.
In fact, formats are at the heart of the company’s DNA. If it’s a format, it’s what we do. The Gurin Company and its founder (award winning producer/writer/creator Phil Gurin) have produced thousands of hours of original programming that has been seen on every major US broadcast and cable network, and in over 150 countries around the world. The top stars, producers, writers, directors and production teams have contributed to the quality brand that is TGC. And with joint creative ventures in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, France and the United Kingdom (just to name a few), The Gurin Company looks everywhere in the world to share and explore first class content.
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Frapa 20 years on

December 4, 2020

As the 20th anniversary year of Frapa nears its end, its co-chair looks back at the history and achievements of the format protection agency, and at what the future may hold.

This summer, in the most extraordinary of years, I set out to research and write the history of Frapa as it celebrates 20 years serving the format industry. As one of the longest-serving members of the Frapa board I wanted to investigate the causes that led to its creation, and whether or not in a world of consolidation and streamers its mission was still relevant. In the process, I reflected not only on how much things have changed but also on how much of the song remains the same.

It all started in 1999 after someone lost a bet. That was between two of our founding members, the much-missed David Lyle, who was working at Pearson (which later became Fremantle), and Paul Gilbert, a format legend who was then working at Sony. Both were entertainment veterans and both were involved in the distribution of formats. Sony and Fremantle were suing each other over a very specific format rights dispute. The loser was to buy lunch, but that sparked an idea: how about we don’t make it about winners and losers?

Along with fellow founder Michel Rodrigue and a roster of other luminaries, Frapa was brought into existence as a way to solve issues like these and to keep the lawyers out of it. That ethos is absolutely what lies at the heart of Frapa 20 years on – to provide a cooling area where people can come together and resolve disputes. As time rolled on, Frapa has tried to provide every possible tool we can think of to prevent those situations from occurring in the first place. Our history, vision and values are more relevant today even than in those now ancient days of just two decades ago.

If we take creativity as meaning an original idea that has value, then it follows that protecting IP has a genuine river of benefits. From creators, producers, broadcasters, distributors and platforms, how much someone is willing to pay for that value is the same as any currency – it’s built on trust. Otherwise, the entire system falls apart.

This ‘format food chain’ continues to exist if we are all conscious links within it. Sound idealistic? We may not have a perfect union, to paraphrase a cherished American ideal currently under threat, but as long as we strive towards this, maybe we can make it at least better for everyone. That’s exactly what we continue to work for. Organisations formed by the industry for the industry that are neutral, impartial, independent and non-profit are vital to refereeing a complicated playing field.

Founding fathers: David Lyle, Paul Gilbert and Michel Rodrigue

If you are compelled to create, the ability to live from your art is to be in control of that creation, to monetise it anyway you can and not to be ripped off. In the face of rampant mergers and acquisitions and streamers who demand total ownership, protecting the rights of IP creators is more urgent than ever. Contracts from two years ago are relics, contracts today are quicksand, and who the hell knows what the deals of the future will look like.

All this provides fierce challenges, so the more interconnected we are, whatever the size of your organisation or wherever you are on the planet, the better. From giant corporations who have a long way to fall with expensive court cases, to those who are most vulnerable to theft, stealing is no good for any stakeholder. If everyone thinks it is OK to steal, then everything loses its ancillary value. The entire system collapses. While there is no honour among thieves, there is also limited profit potential, so it may not be worth it.

There’s a huge amount to be gained from a community that is vocal and clear about the network keeping a collective interest at heart and providing some railings on the highway of creativity.

Pivot points like ours provide a place to network your ass off with the toolkits that allow us all to gain a clear understanding of the value of what we create. Codes of conduct that allow us to get on with the business of creating but with a stamp that says what you stand for. A declaration of cooperation that offers the higher ideals that we could – and should – embrace as a means of protecting ourselves and our industry.

We need to provide affordable and best-in-class knowledge to anyone who wants access to it. We need to foster a global exchange of fresh ideas and honest commerce. The global next generation of great shows are not all going to hop off corporate ladders, they’ll come from perhaps the most unexpected places and sources, and need to be nurtured in a collaborative and respectful environment.

We are gearing up to make sure the next 20 years of Frapa welcomes as many voices as possible. We are evangelical in our desire to spread the word as the conscience of the format industry, strengthening the community and certainly this time not leaving it to a bet.

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The Gurin Company, Action Time to reboot 1980s game show “Game for a Laugh”

October 9, 2020

Emmy Award-winning production outfit The Gurin Company, led by Phil Gurin, has partnered with UK-based formats producer Action Time to reboot the popular 1980s entertainment format Game for a Laugh.

The original British primetime comedy game show ran over five seasons and encompassed four specials between 1981 and 1985. The format revolved around a variety of practical jokes, elaborate set-ups on unsuspecting members of the public and in-studio games.

The Gurin Company and Action Time, which was relaunched in September 2018 by former DRG executive Jeremy Fox, are reviving the game show format, which takes place both in-studio and on-location, and are refreshing the set, cast, games, practical jokes and surprise guest celebrities.

What remains from the original format are the stunts, and surprises on unsuspecting members of the studio and home audience, according to a release.

The Game for a Laugh reboot is the first project to emerge from Action Time since the company’s restart.

“The opportunity to reinvent a classic comedy format like Game for A Laugh is so exciting,” said Gurin (pictured) in a statement. “And thanks to current technologies, we can rely on unique production methods and the intricacies of social media to truly freshen for contemporary audiences. A show full of creative games and stunts and good-natured fun is what we all need right now.”

Added Fox, who developed and produced the original series: “2020 will go down as one of the most depressing years of the century so what’s better than to bring back one of the most fun-filled series of the past?”

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What We've Done

  • NBC
  • GSN
  • Singing Bee
  • CMT
  • NAACP Image Awards Show
  • Miss Universe 2009 Bahamas
  • Miss Universe 2005 Thailand
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Who Does What

  • Phil Gurin
    President/CEO
    Phil Gurin and The Gurin Company have been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Responsible for executive producing and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including entertainment, game, live events, music, dance, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, docu soaps and formatted reality, Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks and in over 100 countries around the world.

    Award-winning Producer and Writer Phil Gurin has been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Under his brand, The Gurin Company is responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live event, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, factual, dramatic re-enactment, docu-soaps, and formatted reality. Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks, and in over 185 countries around the world.

    Gurin has won four Prime Time Emmy Awards as an Executive Producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW. The Singing Bee (NBC) is one of the Top 30 most produced original formats in the world.

    Gurin began his career as a writer on MTV’s Remote Control and on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, Make the Grade and Wild and Crazy Kids. Establishing his own company in 1997, he went on to produce CBS’ Candid Camera in primetime for four years, which was followed by an extensive run of shows on NBC, including TwentyOne, Weakest Link, The Singing Bee, Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. Other live events include Women Rock (Lifetime), US Olympic Hall of Fame (USA, NBC), New Year’s Eve Live!, Test the Nation, KISS Live! (FOX), and Joan and Melissa: Live from the Red Carpet (TVGN).

    Other noteworthy credits include: Miss America, Wanna Bet (ABC), So You Think You’d Survive? (Weather Channel), Your Chance to Dance, The Singing Bee (revival) and Win, Lose Or Pawn (CMT), and GSN’s all-time original hit Lingo. He has produced dozens of other specials and series, including When Cameras Cross The Line, World’s Most Incredible Animal Rescues, On Thin Ice: The Dark Side of Skating, All-Time Funniest Christmas Moments (FOX), Queen for a Day (Lifetime), Split Second Decision (MSNBC), Dancing Fools (ABC Family), Avenging Evil (Nat Geo), Holocaust: The Revenge Plot (Channel 4 – UK) and Beyond The Tank (ABC).

    He developed and produces the prestigious Hall of Fame for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Along with Reggie Hudlin, Gurin is Executive Producer of the NAACP Image Awards and Image Awards Live Red Carpet shows for TV One. He was also President, Unscripted & Alternative, for Global Road Television.

    Gurin serves on the Executive Board of Directors for NATPE (National Association of Television and Programming Executives) where he developed the NATPE REALITY annual conference and market; is Co-Chairman of the international non-profit organization FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association) and was recently elected by the Television Academy to serve on the Executive Committee of the Producers’ Peer Group. He moderates panels and speaks frequently on the topics of global television and format rights, creation and protection.

Phil Gurin and The Gurin Company have been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Responsible for executive producing and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including entertainment, game, live events, music, dance, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, docu soaps and formatted reality, Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks and in over 100 countries around the world.

Award-winning Producer and Writer Phil Gurin has been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Under his brand, The Gurin Company is responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live event, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, factual, dramatic re-enactment, docu-soaps, and formatted reality. Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks, and in over 185 countries around the world.

Gurin has won four Prime Time Emmy Awards as an Executive Producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW. The Singing Bee (NBC) is one of the Top 30 most produced original formats in the world.

Gurin began his career as a writer on MTV’s Remote Control and on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, Make the Grade and Wild and Crazy Kids. Establishing his own company in 1997, he went on to produce CBS’ Candid Camera in primetime for four years, which was followed by an extensive run of shows on NBC, including TwentyOne, Weakest Link, The Singing Bee, Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. Other live events include Women Rock (Lifetime), US Olympic Hall of Fame (USA, NBC), New Year’s Eve Live!, Test the Nation, KISS Live! (FOX), and Joan and Melissa: Live from the Red Carpet (TVGN).

Other noteworthy credits include: Miss America, Wanna Bet (ABC), So You Think You’d Survive? (Weather Channel), Your Chance to Dance, The Singing Bee (revival) and Win, Lose Or Pawn (CMT), and GSN’s all-time original hit Lingo. He has produced dozens of other specials and series, including When Cameras Cross The Line, World’s Most Incredible Animal Rescues, On Thin Ice: The Dark Side of Skating, All-Time Funniest Christmas Moments (FOX), Queen for a Day (Lifetime), Split Second Decision (MSNBC), Dancing Fools (ABC Family), Avenging Evil (Nat Geo), Holocaust: The Revenge Plot (Channel 4 – UK) and Beyond The Tank (ABC).

He developed and produces the prestigious Hall of Fame for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Along with Reggie Hudlin, Gurin is Executive Producer of the NAACP Image Awards and Image Awards Live Red Carpet shows for TV One. He was also President, Unscripted & Alternative, for Global Road Television.

Gurin serves on the Executive Board of Directors for NATPE (National Association of Television and Programming Executives) where he developed the NATPE REALITY annual conference and market; is Co-Chairman of the international non-profit organization FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association) and was recently elected by the Television Academy to serve on the Executive Committee of the Producers’ Peer Group. He moderates panels and speaks frequently on the topics of global television and format rights, creation and protection.

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  • Phil GurinPresident/CEO
  • Phil Gurin and The Gurin Company have been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Responsible for executive producing and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including entertainment, game, live events, music, dance, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, docu soaps and formatted reality, Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks and in over 100 countries around the world.
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