Phil Gurin to Oversee IM Global Television Unscripted Arm

Phil Gurin - Publicity - P 2016
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He'll serve as president of unscripted and alternative content and report to company CEO Stuart Ford.

IM Global Television is turning its attention to unscripted.

The independent studio has launched an unscripted division and tapped veteran producer Phil Gurin to run it, the company announced Tuesday.

Gurin, whose credits include Remote Control, Candid Camera, The Weakest Link and more, will lead a team charged with creating, acquiring and co-developing unscripted and alternative projects. He reports to IM Global TV CEO Stuart Ford. Gurin's team will also work with broadcasters to create new revenue partners with various partners as well as expand production and development offices overseas.

The unscripted unit joins IM Global TV's scripted side, which is overseen by president Mark Stern. Eli Shibley, president of IM Global International TV Distribution and Co-Productions, and his team will represent international rights to unscripted fare produced by Gurin's new division.

Gurin founded The Gurin Co., an independent creator, producer and distributor of nonscripted. He has worked across multiple genres, including live events, game show, hidden camera, stunt, comedy, clip shows as well as docusoaps and reality formats, among others. He's a three-time Emmy winner for his work on ABC's Shark Tank and created The CW's Oh Sit.

“The opportunity to build a robust unscripted and alternative studio, backed by the international resources of TMP, IM Global and Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings immediately allows us to compete alongside the biggest players in the unscripted space," Gurin said. "We will instantly look to build a strong creative team here in Los Angeles, as well as in London, China and Latin America. We will continue to forge worldwide relationships driven by cutting edge, adaptable content creation, and we will be opportunistic and responsive to the changing needs of buyers everywhere. Leading the build-up and global expansion of such a well-financed team has been a dream of mine, and I am excited to generate great future success alongside Stuart and his team."