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The Gurin Co., Fuji TV announce partnership

April 8, 2014

Check out the latest news out of MIP TV! The Gurin Company does it again. Fuji TV, Taiyo Kikaku Co., and The Gurin Co. announced yesterday their partnership to bring American and Japanese audiences a new project, Whose Side are…

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  • ABOUT THE GURIN COMPANY

    With the world as its market, The Gurin Company is one of the premier independent creators, producers and distributors of non-scripted television, focusing on light entertainment, game shows, live events and factual.

    Despite its proximity to Hollywood, The Gurin Company is just as likely to produce a pilot or series in Europe, Asia or Latin America. In addition to its own original development program, the company seeks out and licenses formats and franchises for production and global distribution. And while The Gurin Company is one of the few independent production companies to consistently place projects on all five US broadcast networks and many of the top-tier cable outlets, it regularly partners with networks and format creators from around the world to produce shows for distribution overseas and domestically.

    This global approach to content creation and execution has manifested numerous successes for the company. THE SINGING BEE, an original creation, debuted on NBC in 2007 and went on to become one of the more successful international formats, appearing in nearly 35 countries. This was followed by a successful five year run on CMT with a country-themed version. There was also the Chuck Woolery-hosted game show LINGO, which The Gurin Company initially developed in The Netherlands, but went on to become one of GSN’s all-time hit shows, airing on the popular US cable channel for six seasons.

    The company has been involved with numerous other internationally-acclaimed formats, bringing the BBC’s WEAKEST LINK to America for successful runs on both NBC and in syndication; bringing TEST THE NATION to FOX on the heels of its launch in The Netherlands; discovering Japan’s “Dragon’s Den” and bringing it to America, where it has become ABC’s Emmy-nominated SHARK TANK; and launching an American version of Germany’s long-running prime time hit “Wetten Dass?” on ABC where it became WANNA BET? (just to name a few).

    The Gurin Company juggles a development and production slate that spans the globe. It maintains primary creative joint ventures with broadcasters and production companies in Japan, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Israel, Italy, Spain, and Latin America.

    One of a handful of companies that effortlessly moves between series and specials, The Gurin Company loves live television, and has produced Miss Universe and Miss USA for 8 years on NBC, and New Year’s Eve Live on FOX for 3 years. The company has also produced the prestigious non-televised Television Academy Honors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the past six years, and the Television Academy Hall of Fame for the past two years.

    Founded in 1997, The Gurin Company compliments its strong executive and development team with a host of producers, writers and directors with whom it works on a regular basis. The Gurin Company regularly teams with leading Hollywood talent, having discovered and launching the careers of numerous hosts and correspondents.

  • 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.

     

    Gurin recently produced the second cycle of The CW’s most successful game show OH SIT! (winner of the 2013 Rose D’Or Award for Best Game Show), the comedy reality series DANCING FOOLS on ABC Family, the fourth season of CMT’s all-time #1 original THE SINGING BEE (previously on NBC), and the fourth season of ABC’s SHARK TANK, for which Gurin received a 2012 and 2013 Emmy nomination.   He is currently producing CMT’s first daily series WIN, LOSE OR PAWN, the upcoming TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES for truTV, and DATE MY (SOCIAL) LIFE for E! Channel.   He has numerous shows in development in the US, the UK and all around the world.

     

    Gurin began his career as a writer on MTV's REMOTE CONTROL and Nickelodeon's DOUBLE DARE, MAKE THE GRADE and WILD AND CRAZY KIDS.  He worked for more than 70 companies as a development executive and as a freelance writer/director/producer, before 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 TWENTY ONE, WEAKEST LINK, THE SINGING BEE, MISS UNIVERSE, MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA.  He wrote BEFORE THEY WERE STARS (ABC), NIGHT-RAP (HBO) and he produced six seasons of GSN's all-time #1 original program LINGO.

     

    Other notable credits include NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE, TEST THE NATION, ON THIN ICE:THE DARK SIDE OF SKATING, WORLD'S MOST INCREDIBLE ANIMAL RESCUES, WHEN CAMERAS CROSS THE LINE and GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOMENTS OF ALL TIME (all for FOX), WANNA BET?, SHARK TANK (ABC), YOUR CHANCE TO DANCE, (CMT), US OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME (NBC, USA), WOMEN ROCK, QUEEN FOR A DAY (Lifetime), ALL-NEW 3's A CROWD, NATURALLY STONED (GSN) and JOAN AND MELISSA: LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET at the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and SAG Awards (TV GUIDE).

     

    Gurin served for 4 years on the Board of Directors for NATPE (National Association of Television and Programming Executives), and is currently on the international Board of Directors for FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association), and is President of THE COPPER CLUB (The Council of Professional Producers Earning Rights).  He developed and produces the prestigious TELEVISION ACADEMY HONORS for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with their annual TV ACADEMY HALL OF FAME.   In 2013, Gurin served on the jury for the MIP Formats International Pitch in Cannes, France, and has appeared on numerous international panels discussing formats, distribution and international co-production.

    Javier Winnik

    Head of Production

    With over 20 years of production experience, Javier is a well-respected television producer who joins The Gurin Company as Head of Production. Emmy nominated, Javier has worked in almost all genres of television. His expertise is working on big budget, extremely challenging productions (such as Treasure Hunters and Q’Viva: The Chosen), but is also adept at stretching the tightest of budgets. His credits include Last Comic Standing, NBC’s New Year’s Eve Live with Carson Daly, The Marriage Ref, and Dog Eat Dog.

    Joining The Gurin Company has been in the works for over 10 years after Javier and Phil worked on Twenty-One, The Weakest Link and then again on The Singing Bee. He is very excited to finally be a part of the team and sees a very bright and busy future for the company.

    Javier married his high school sweetheart, Genette. They have been married for over twenty years and have two wonderful children. Sean is in his sophomore year at Wesleyan University where he is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. Allison, a high school sophomore, is now driving and is rarely spotted at home.

    Linda Gilbert

    Vice President Business Affairs

    Linda was born and raised in Los Angeles and began her career working for 20th Century Fox as Associate Director of Network Television Business Affairs.

    After 11 very rewarding years at Fox, she transitioned to Disney where she worked for 7 years in various capacities including her final position of Senior Manager of Participation and Contract Administration. After working for many years in the studio system, Linda felt her experience and interest would best be served by working for a television production company.

    In 1997, Linda was hired at Big Ticket Television as Director of Business Affairs, where she worked on court shows Judge Judy and Judge Joe. Two years after Linda started working for the company it was sold to Viacom. Linda then moved on to Dick Clark Productions where she served for 5 years as Vice President of Business Affairs and Contract Administration.

    Her responsibilities included deal making for all of the Dick Clark produced specials and series which included New Years Rockin’ Eve, Academy of Country Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards and Greed. After working for studios and production companies her entire working career, Linda was hired by law firm, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren and Richman, where she worked as production counsel with the firms non-scripted programming clients including Reveille, Endemol, Ben Silverman Productions and Allison Grodner.

    Linda couldn’t be happier working for The Gurin Company as Vice President of Business Affairs, which gives her the responsibility of ideal decision making for all of the company’s productions including The Singing Bee, Oh Sit!, Your Chance to Dance, Dancing Fools, and Win Lose or Pawn.

    Linda is married and her husband, Paul, is also an executive in the television business. She is also a proud parent of her two children, a daughter Megan and a stepson DJ.

    Ashleigh Di Tonto

    Director of Development

    Ashleigh is a proud Jersey Italian girl who got her start in the TV biz scheduling PPV (yes, that kind of PPV). Since her father spent his hard earned money on a good education at Boston University, it wasn’t long before she outgrew this position and was offered a chance to move to Hollywood. She took a job as the assistant to the EVP of Programming at E! and it was goodbye Girls Gone Wild and hello Girls Next Door.

    After a short time of stalking Ryan Seacrest, she then took an offer to work at TLC in Development. Over her four years there, Ashleigh learned the inner workings of a network. She also learned there is no limit to the amount of families who think they are the next Jon & Kate.

    Now at The Gurin Company, Ashleigh could not be more excited to be on the other side of things. Being the buyer has been fun and all, but it’s time to get her hands dirty.

    Matt Barker

    Line Producer

    With a wealth of varying production experience, Matt joins TGC to further his passion for producing quality entertainment for the masses. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he graduated from Chico State where he gained knowledge from working at the local NBC news affiliate in operating live studio camera and mixing audio for broadcast.

    Flash forward to the present, where he’s now responsible for keeping large-scale television productions on budget and on schedule. His recent credits include Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, Betty White’s 90th Birthday Special, Last Comic Standing, and New Year’s Eve w/ Green Day.

    Nicole Zeidman

    Executive Assistant

    Brandon Wahl

    Production Manager

    Brandon Wahl has been working in television production for just over 10 years, and is excited to continue the dream that began in a small California farming town as a teenager. Brandon has worked on a wide variety of projects including Super Bowls, New Years Eve specials, multi-cam stage shows, and reality television. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, whom he met in 8th grade.

    Brennan Huntington

    Producer

    Native to Southern California, two-time Cable Ace Nominee, Executive Producer/show runner, Brennan Huntington, has over twenty years of producing experience and has been running shows for over Seventeen years for production companies and cablers.

    Huntington’s prolific body of work encompasses game, reality, clip, commercials and documentary projects, and has developed and produced thousands of hours of television including over 35 television series – producing such game show classics as SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP and the children’s hit LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE. He has recently completed several contemporary shows such as THE SINGING BEE hosted by Melissa Peterman, STARFACE hosted by Danny Bonaduce, and over 300 episodes of the nationally syndicated game show, MERV GRIFFIN’S CROSSWORDS.

    Huntington currently has a new docu-soap series – SADDLE RANCH – that he co-created, airing on VH-1.

    Alex Chauvin

    Producer

    Alex Chauvin is at least partially to blame for hundreds of hours of television, working as a writer, producer, and consultant on dozens of projects over the last decade.

    After graduating from the University of Southern California, Alex worked primarily in unscripted and alternative programming, where he wrote, developed, and produced a wide variety of television with an emphasis in game and competition formats. In addition to working with some of the biggest producers in town, his development and consulting services have also been utilized internationally, from Asia to Europe to South America.

    Like many Angelenos in the entertainment industry, Alex grew up in New York but traded humid summers and freezing winters for a convertible and the opportunity to prove all those hours he spent in front of the TV as a kid weren’t wasted.

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