Modal Team – Phil Gurin

Modal Team – Phil Gurin


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 (, 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.

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