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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

Grace O’Doherty

Production Team

Rachel Frimer

Robin Reinhardt

Greg Bohnert

Narumi Inatsugu

Sabrina Rufo Mishler

Warren Pick

Katie Carlin

Antares Vargas

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.

Rachel Frimer

Rachel started her career in live theatre and small rock and roll clubs where she did everything from running follow spots to production stage managing. 

One of her earlier experiences was running National Video Center soundstages where she oversaw MTV’s foray into live television series. She was one of the first people hired to launch the Disney/MGM Studios as the Post-Production Client Coordinator.  Rachel took a leave of absence from that position to live and work in Lillehammer, Norway as the Post-Production Coordinator at the International Broadcast Center for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Rachel returned to New York as the Supervising Producer of the MTV Studios and was an integral part in the design and launch of the Times Square studio where they produced 11 live shows each week, including the original TRL, in addition to specials and stunt programming.

Additionally Rachel has worked as a Line Producer on the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway on Broadway, the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration, and the post 9/11 “Come Back To New York” commercial.

For 18 years she was the Vice President of Production and Producer for the Miss Universe Organization and traveled all over the world overseeing the Miss USA and Miss Universe productions.

For the past 5 years, Rachel has been the Executive in Charge of Production for the NAACP Image Awards.  She has been a Segment Producer for the Grammy Awards Red Carpet and the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Robin Reinhardt

A thought-leader in the talent-booking space for award shows, event programming, and  TV and digital series, Robin Reinhardt has been the top-ranking Talent Producer for such  major events as the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmys,  People’s Choice Awards and the NAACP Image Awards for over 25 years. Forming R&R  Talent in 2009, Robin remains respected industry-wide for nurturing celebrities and their  projects and has close relationships with all principal managers, executives and representatives in the entertainment community. 

Prior to forming her company, Robin spent 20 years at MTV where, as SVP, Studio  Relations & Celebrity Talent, she was instrumental in building and sustaining the  network’s relationship with Hollywood. Her initial duties of booking talent for their event  programming including the Movie Awards, VMAs, MTV Beach House, Spring Break,  Rock N Jock, New Year’s Eve as well as the full run of TRL, evolved into her helming the  channel’s integrated marketing relationships with all major film studio partners for the  ladder half of her MTV career. Working with the heads of Publicity and Promotion at each  studio, agency and related stakeholder, Robin led the charge for MTV in developing the  current revenue model for movie promotions and, as the MTV family of channels moved  away from music and into reality and event programming, led the network in finding new  ways to integrate movie releases and celebrity talent into its evolving lineup. In the  process, Robin made MTV a must for talent and the recognized home for creative  programming, promotion and marketing.  

Based in Los Angeles, Robin continues to further her brand with R&R Talent, booking  talent for Hollywood’s biggest events, series and podcasts. Additional projects include the  Peabody Awards, British Academy Britannia Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards,  Shine A Light: A 9/11 20th Anniversary Tribute, SundanceTV HQ at SFF, Beat Shazam,  Friday Night Vibes with Tiffany Haddish, and the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie  Sheen, Roseanne, James Franco, Justin Bieber, Rob Lowe, Bruce Willis and Alec  Baldwin.


Greg Bohnert

Greg Bohnert’s career has taken him on many shows around the world, including live network specials such as The Academy Awards, Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, and a live late night talk show. Greg worked alongside The Gurin Company as the Executive In Charge for Friday Night Vibes with Tiffany Haddish. In addition, he has worked on many game shows and reality shows like Temptation Island, The Mole, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Mall Masters, Shop Til You Drop, True Beauty, School Pride, Top Design, Jerseylicious and countless others. Greg started Bonz Squared Productions with his brother in 2000 after both having achieved individual success throughout television production. He has also written feature films, developed numerous television shows in all genres, including animation, sitcoms, game shows and reality shows.


Narumi Inatsugu

Narumi Inatsugu is a producer, storyteller, director, and editor who has worked on some of the biggest award shows in Hollywood, including the Emmys, Teen Choice Awards, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, MTV Movie Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards.

In addition to his work on those iconic programs,  Narumi was an executive producer on the hit cult movie, Samurai Cop 2, has edited over 350 episodes of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice, and served as creative director for Fuel TV under the Fox Sports umbrella, leading the development and execution of all creative related to promotion, advertising, programming and packaging. He was a driving force in the rebranding of Fuel TV and its launch into Fox Sports 1.

 In 2016 he started Rumiville Inc, which is a full service production company that has produced and directed projects in all genres for every major network and streaming platform.

Sabrina Rufo Mishler

Sabrina Rufo Mishler has over 13 years of experience in the field of television/digital live events, specials and series. She has helped organize events across a variety of genres, from music festivals to award shows and competitions, as well as launches and benefits. She most recently served as Coordinating Producer on the NAACP Image Awards, Honoring Our Kings: Celebrating Black Fatherhood, Miss America and Miss USA. She has also produced benefits for Sharsheret and the Holocaust Memorial Center of Michigan, both of which went on to exceed their fundraising goals.

A native of Boston, Sabrina earned her B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College before moving to Los Angeles. She now splits her time between there and New York City.

Warren Pick

Warren Pick is a 12-time Emmy Award winning Producer, Director and Production Executive. Throughout his career Warren has worked on large-scale productions around the world in the areas of sports, entertainment, news, major event coverage and corporate programming. Warren has collaborated with all the major broadcast networks, premium cable networks, streaming platforms, fortune 500 corporations as well as marque sports and entertainment brands providing the highest level of production and programming services. Warren has consistently created and contributed to programming that brings innovative style and ground-breaking creative production techniques to the screen and garners exceptional ratings. Warren and his wife Linda reside in Los Angeles and have two adult children. When not busy in a TV control room or on location leading crews on various productions Warren has spent countless hours helping his community as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, ski patroller and rescue diver.

Executive Assistant

Grace O’Doherty

Grace is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she designed her own major called “Psychocinematics” by fusing Cognitive Science, Psychology and Film. Through specialized coursework and a senior thesis, she explored what happens in the brain when audiences are presented with content spanning the genre spectrum. From taking courses such as Color Theory and Perception, she delved into Film, TV & Media studies through a scientific lens.

Outside the library, Grace jumpstarted her professional career with internships at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live in New York. After graduating from Cal in 2017, Grace moved back to New York City and started climbing the production ladder full-time. First working as a Production Assistant and ultimately reaching the Producer level, Grace worked on a variety of shows and projects. Her production credits range from MTV’s TRL in the heart of Times Square to a sketch comedy show taped in Provo, Utah.

Equipped with a strong background in production, Grace is now moving towards a career in development. By working with production companies, networks and studios, she aims to help craft the next generation of stories that are produced and spotlight the voices of underrepresented writers. Grace also has a special interest in developing content for overseas audiences. Having spent significant time in Mumbai, India and the Czech Republic, Grace is excited to help expand the slate of globally focused shows at The Gurin Company.

Talent Executive

Katie Carlin

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Screenwriting (Film & Television).  During college, through several internships, she began her career in scripted series.

After transitioning into Variety, Live Events, and Awards shows, she has spent the last 15+ years building a name for herself as a Talent Executive.  Having worked in production management, Katie recognizes the needs of producers and the entire production team, making her the perfect liaison between producers, directors, and the talent. Working with talent publicists and other representatives of the talent team she’s able to convey the creative aspects as well as coordinate the logistics for the events.

Some of her many credits include ​NAACP Image Awards, That’s My Jam with Jimmy Fallon, Kids’ Choice Awards, Hairspray Live!, Stand Up to Cancer, Friday Night Vibes with Tiffany Haddish, SundanceTV HQ, Critics Choice Awards, Barack Obama’s Kids’ Inaugural Concert, and the People’s Choice Awards.

Antares Vargas

Antares Vargas is a passionate storyteller, artist, and proud Mexican immigrant with the heart of an entrepreneur. She attended USC Marshall Business School and ended up working in the entertainment industry writing, producing, and editing television content. She has produced and edited shows for many major networks and streaming platforms including Amazon, HBO, Fox, Disney, TBS, NFL, BET and OWN.

When she isn’t on set or in post-production, you can find her with a camera in hand capturing moments, people, and places. She uses her photography to tell stories through visual journals and recently found NFTs as a way to distribute her art all over the world.

In 2017, she launched her production company Keep That Productions, to tell the stories of underrepresented communities and uplift their voices & experiences.

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