Gurin will oversee production and development as well as the effort to expand Los Angeles-based IM Global’s reach in TV with operations in overseas markets. He reports to IM Global CEO Stuart Ford.
IM Global has been expanding in television since 2014 when it recruited former Syfy programming chief Mark Stern to launch a scripted division. Earlier this year, Tang Media Partners acquired a controlling stake in IM Global with a focus on revving up its television operations. The company also has a TV production joint venture with Chinese Internet giant Tencent.
“Phil is a hugely respected and experienced figure in the unscripted and alternative content arena and therefore a very important addition to our fast evolving television studio,” Ford said. “Along with our partners at TMP and Tencent we’re very excited to dovetail the phenomenal output of Phil and his team with our existing scripted production, deficit financing and international TV distribution operations.”
Gurin most recently has served as showrunner of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” His many other shows include NBC’s “The Singing Bee” and “The Weakest Link” as well as live event franchises such as the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. Gurin said the company would focus on building creative teams in Los Angeles, China, London and Latin America.
“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 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.”
Gurin’s existing Gurin Co. will remain a separate entity from the IM Global TV division.
(Pictured: Stuart Ford, Phil Gurin)