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The Gurin Company is one of the leading independent creators, producers and distributors of non-scripted television.

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 185 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, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Argentina (just to name a few,) The Gurin Company looks everywhere in the world to share and explore first-class content.

Award-winning leadership.

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, live events, game, comedy, talk, music, dance, hidden camera, stunt, clip shows, documentaries, factual entertainment, 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.

President/CEO

Phil Gurin

Executive Assistant

Emily Schramm

Proud Member Of FRAPA

Protect, promote, educate and connect.

That’s FRAPA in four words. Our core belief is that creatives own their intellectual works and are entitled to the benefits that flow from them. Our mission is to create a global marketplace that respects and protects the grassroots creativity that drives the entertainment industry, from the smallest indie producer to the biggest media conglomerate.

President/CEO

Phil Gurin

Award-winning producer/writer Phil Gurin has been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. As CEO and President of The Gurin Company, Gurin is responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live events, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, factual, documentary, dramatic re-enactment, docusoaps and formatted reality.  His 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, an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW, and a Gold Telly Award for the 50th NAACP Image Awards.  His The Singing Bee (NBC/CMT) is one of the Top 30 most produced original formats in the world. 

He has also produced and written many other formats, including Weakest Link, Lingo, Test The Nation, Candid Camera, Double Dare, Remote Control, Your Chance To Dance, Wanna Bet?, All-New 3’s A Crowd, Make The Grade, Win Lose or Pawn, So You Think You’d Survive, FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live, Women Rock, US Olympic Hall of Fame, KISS: Live, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe.

His newest original format Fridge Wars debuted on the CBC (Canada), was nominated for an International Format Award at MIPCOM/Cannes, and aired last summer in the US on The CW.  In 2020 he Executive Produced Movies of The Movement, which evolved into the weekly series Friday Night Vibes currently airing on TBS starring Tiffany Haddish and Deon Cole.  He Executive Produced his 8th NAACP Image Awards for BET/CBS and Honoring Our Kings: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood starring Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown for OWN.  His next original format, League of Extraordinary… will debut on the CBC in 2022.

On the documentary side, he has produced and/or written several projects including When Cameras Cross the Line, Greatest Animal Rescues, World’s Greatest Stunts, Extreme World Records, World’s Most Dangerous Stunts, Split Second Decision, On Thin Ice: The Dark Side of Skating, Hollywood’s Greatest Stunts, Holocaust: The Revenge Plot (nominated for a British Royal Television Society Award), and is currently in production on the feature film doc Brothers After War (with Executive Producers Jake Rademacher and Gary Sinise).

Gurin received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  When not working around the world creating formats and making television shows, he is the owner, proprietor and wine maker at The Gurin Wines (gurinwines.com), a boutique winery specializing in California terroir-specific vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Syrah, GSM blends and Chardonnay.

Gurin serves on the 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 he served for the TELEVISION ACADEMY on the Executive Committee of the Producers’ Peer Group and helped develop and launch the prestigious TV ACADEMY HONORS awards. He moderates panels and speaks frequently on the topics of global television and format rights, creation and protection.

Executive Assistant

Emily Schramm

Originally from San Diego, CA, Emily moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a major in communications and a minor in film and television. She has worked in both scripted and unscripted sectors across the entertainment industry. 

At The Gurin Company, Emily coordinates the company’s bustling development slate and manages the day-to-day operations of the President/CEO Phil Gurin. An integral part of TGC, Emily has worked on the productions of Juneteenth: Movies of the Movement (TBS), the 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards (BET), Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Spotlight: Honoring Our Kings – Celebrating Black Fatherhood, OWN Spotlight: Honoring Our Kings – A Black Dad Conversation, and Friday Night Vibes with Tiffany Haddish and Deon Cole (TBS). 

Emily began her professional career at Done + Dusted, assisting in the development and production of live events and specials like Stand Up 2 Cancer, The 70th Annual Emmy Awards, Shakira’s El Dorado Tour, The BAFTA Film Awards and NBC’s A Legendary Christmas with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. 

She next worked at FOX Entertainment in the alternative programming department, assisting on shows like The Masked Singer and Flirty Dancing.  She made a switch to the scripted department at FOX and provided coverage for upcoming drama and comedy pilots until she realized that unscripted was where she was meant to be!

Additionally, she has worked in close collaboration on new formats and content with our friends at CBC (Canada), Amazon, CBS, CW and Discovery, as well our partners at Hudlin Entertainment, Stampede Ventures, Atlas Media Corp, Strawberry Blond (UK), Caravan (UK), Fuji Creative Corporation (Japan) and Something Special (Korea).

(She is passionate about the format business, supports the mission of FRAPA, and enjoys being involved with Phil at The Gurin Wines!)

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