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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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NATPE/Content First Dedicates a Day to Reality

November 1, 2014
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After expanding to be more international and to include digital content, NATPE/Content First is now boosting reality TV to a prominent role, it was announced Monday. For the first time, the event in January will feature a day about reality TV including several panels, a case study on the show Shark Tank, an opportunity to pitch show ideas and an awards luncheon that will include categories for reality, reality competition, games shows, docusoaps and factual (or nonfiction) programming.

The market and conference in January will include panels, pitch sessions, awards and a case study about reality shows and reality format sales

After expanding to be more international and to include digital content, NATPE/Content First is now boosting reality TV to a prominent role, it was announced Monday.

For the first time, the event in January will feature a day about reality TV including several panels, a case study on the show Shark Tank, an opportunity to pitch show ideas and an awards luncheon that will include categories for reality, reality competition, games shows, docusoaps and factual (or nonfiction) programming.

“NATPE/Reality makes NATPE more than a content market, it’s an idea market,” said Phil Gurin, an executive producer on Shark Tank and co-head with CAA’s Hans Schiff of NATPE’S reality and formats advisory board, in a statement. “This is an incredible opportunity to pitch original ideas to people who actually buy them and make them happen.”

The NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards will be presented during a networking mixer on the first day of this year’s market and conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach on Jan. 20, 2015. A blue ribbon panel will choose the winners. Judges include Carlos Bardasano of Univision, Sean Boyle of Discovery Channel, David Eilenberg of TNT/TBS, Eliot Goldberg of AMC and Debra Goldfarb of Rebel Entertainment Partners.

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A “Pro Pitch” event that day will offer participants the chance to pitch ideas to reality and formats development executives, both domestic and international.

There will be executives from a number of companies available to pitch, including A&E Networks, ABC Entertainment Group, CBS Television Network, Lifetime Networks, The CW, Warner Bros. International Television, WE tv, and others.

The panels will cover international formats and syndication of reality content.

Speakers on the international formats panel include Mike Beale of ITV Studios; Richard Ehrsam of Televisa International; Grant Ross of Zodiac Media; Michael Schmidt of Red Arrow Entertainment; Mark Linsey of the BBC; and Jennifer Dettman of CBC Television.

The panel on reality shows in syndication will include Stephen Brown of Fox Television Stations; Lonnie Burstein of Debmar-Mercury; Hilary Estey McLoughlin of CBS Television Distribution; and Valerie Schaer of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

The Shark Tank case study will include a presentation by executive producer Clay Newbill and others.

“Our curated panels and interactive special events offer direct access to the people and companies who are defining the world of reality and formats,” said Rod Perth, NATPE president/CEO, in a statement.

This year, the “Market of the Americas,” as NATPE calls it, will take shape under the banner theme “Content Without Borders.” It runs Jan. 20 through 23, a week earlier than in past years.


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NAACP Image Awards

April 16, 2014
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The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the best in entertainment by people of color in television, music, literature, and film.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the best in entertainment by people of color in television, music, literature, and film. The star-studded evening, produced by Phil Gurin and Reginald Hudlin, featured wins for “12 Years a Slave,” and its star Lupita Nyong’o as well as Kerry Washington and Kevin Hart.

“12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.

Lupita Nyong’o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong’o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”

Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

“I have so much admiration for the NAACP and what they’ve done, what they’ve accomplished and how they’ve changed this planet,” an emotional Whitaker told The Hollywood Reporter after his win.

On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’sScandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show’s Kevin Hart winning acting honors.

Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.

“He was everything we have all have heard and more. He was humble and he was unscathed by any kind of bitterness after all that we know he’s been through,” Winfrey said. Her remarks were followed by a musical tribute by Stevie Wonder.

David Oyelowo, who won a supporting actor award for The Butler, said this year’s field of African-American centered films was incredibly strong.

“To have films like The Butler12 Years a SlaveFruitvale Station and Mandela – all that have black protagonists with no white savior character holding their hand through the movie is a huge stride forward,” he told THR.

Ahead of the ceremony, Fruitvale Station took the indie film honor. Beyonce took outstanding female artist, while John Legend won outstanding male artist. Idris Elba was honored for his work in BBC America’s Luther.

Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony, which aired live on TV One.

The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners were voted upon by NAACP members.”

To see the full Hollywood Reporter article click here.


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What We've Done

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  • GSN
  • Singing Bee
  • CMT
  • NAACP Image Awards Show
  • Miss Universe 2009 Bahamas
  • Miss Universe 2005 Thailand
  • Your Chance to Dance
  • Dancing Fools
  • Wanna Bet
  • New Year's Eve
  • TV Hall of Fame
  • Miss USA 2010
  • Miss USA 2005
  • Miss Teen USA
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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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Rita Doumar
    Executive In Charge Of Production
    With over 17 years of production experience, Rita is a well-respected television producer who joins The Gurin Company as Executive In Charge Of Production.
  • 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.

  • Casey Kelly
    Executive Assistant
    As a proud Bay-Area native (and Bay Area sports fan), Casey first began her unscripted television career under the helpful guidance of key executives at BBC Productions while attending NYU – Tisch School of the Arts.

    After spending some time in London working on a live event show, learning to program at MTV in New York City, answering phones at ABC7 News’ assignment desk in SF, and working directly under the heads of development at multiple production companies in Los Angeles; Casey is thrilled to be a permanent member of TEAM GURIN.

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.

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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.
  • Ashleigh Di TontoDirector 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.
  • Rita DoumarExecutive In Charge Of Production
  • With over 17 years of production experience, Rita is a well-respected television producer who joins The Gurin Company as Executive In Charge Of Production.
  • Brennan HuntingtonProducer
  • 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.
  • Alex ChauvinProducer
  • 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.
  • Casey KellyExecutive Assistant
  • As a proud Bay-Area native (and Bay Area sports fan), Casey first began her unscripted television career under the helpful guidance of key executives at BBC Productions while attending NYU – Tisch School of the Arts.
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