IM Global Television Launches Unscripted Division Led By Reality Veteran Phil Gurin

IM Global Television continues its expansion with the creation of an unscripted and alternative division, which will be led by prolific reality creator/producer Phil Gurin.

As President of Unscripted and Alternative Content, Gurin will lead a team tasked with creating, acquiring and co-developing ideas in all unscripted and alternative genres. The unscripted division will operate alongside IM Global Television’s scripted unit led by President Mark Stern. Both Gurin and Stern report to IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford. Eli Shibley, President of IM Global’s International TV Distribution and Co-Productions operation, and his team will handle international sales for any content produced by Gurin’s division.

“We will instantly look to build a strong creative team here in Los Angeles, as well as in London, China and Latin America,” Gurin said.

A division of Tang Media Partners-owned IM Global, IM Global Television is a television production joint venture between IM Global, TMP and Asian internet giant Tencent.

“Phil gives IM Global TV a great opportunity to expand our participation beyond conventional unscripted television formats and to help innovate new formats for the global audience,” said IM Global Executive Chairman Donald Tang.

Gurin, founder of The Gurin Company, has won three Primetime Emmy Awards as an executive producer of ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW. In the past year, Gurin has created and executive produced original new formats for ITV1 (UK), NBC (USA) and CBC (Canada). Following his appointment by IM Global TV, the Gurin Co. will remain and continue to serve as a production company on its existing slate of broadcast and cable television shows.

Gurin began his career as a writer on MTV’s Remote Control and on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, Make the Grade and Wild And Crazy Kids. Establishing his own company in 1997, he went on to produce CBS’ Candid Camera, which was followed by a slew of NBC shows, including Twenty One, Weakest Link, The Singing Bee, Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. Other live events include Women Rock (Lifetime), US Olympic Hall of Fame (USA, NBC), New Year’s Eve Live!, Test the Nation, KISS Live! (FOX), and Joan and Melissa: Live From the Red Carpet (TVGN).

The hire of Gurin comes on the heels of IM Global’s recent appointment of Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro as president of Feature Film production and the signing of of a multi-year first look TV deal with David Goyer.

Gurin was repped in the negotiation by business manager Alan Goldman and attorney Eric Weissler.

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