Speaker Toby Gorman



Toby Gorman


Universal Television Alternative Studio

Toby Gorman is President of Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group. The studio develops and produces game shows, competition programs, true crime, documentaries and docuseries. Gorman reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, and has oversight over all aspects of the studio, including development, production, business and creative affairs.

Notable projects under Gorman’s purview include the comedy variety event series That's My Jam, hosted by Jimmy Fallon; the competition series Baking It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph; The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning produced by Amy Poehler and Scout Productions; and a new true crime docu-series from Dick Wolf Blood & Money. Additionally, the studio creates hit formats that are replicated worldwide: longtime NBC favorite Hollywood Game Night, for which Jane Lynch has won two Emmy Awards as host, has been remade in 22 territories, The Wall has been sold into 27 territories internationally and That’s My Jam is in over a dozen territories already.

Upcoming series under Gorman’s oversight include The Americas, a 10-part natural history show; Surviving Earth, a documentary series that will recreate critical mass extinctions in Earth’s history; and Dick Wolf's first unscripted show, LA Fire and Rescue.

Gorman was previously interim CEO of Magical Elves. He oversaw the production company’s development and current series and maintained his role as President of Entertainment at A. Smith & Co Productions. Throughout his tenure with A. Smith and Magical Elves, Gorman served as executive producer on the reboot of National Geographic’s Brain Games, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key; Fox’s competition series Mental Samurai, hosted by Rob Lowe; and NBC’s The Titan Games, hosted by Dwayne Johnson. He was also executive producer on Death by Magic, a Netflix series that follows British magician DMC as he attempts dangerous stunts that have cost past magicians their lives.
Before A. Smith and Magical Elves, Gorman held the role of Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming at FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). In his role, Gorman was charged with developing and launching the company’s entertainment programming and creating formats that traveled globally. While at FMNA, Gorman oversaw the reimagination of beloved game shows To Tell the Truth and Match Game into production with ABC. Gorman also launched Mat Franco’s Got Magic, which saw the America’s Got Talent season nine winner return to NBC for a primetime special that followed the magician’s journey as he prepared to headline his own Las Vegas show. Prior to joining FMNA, Gorman was the co-executive producer and showrunner on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night and The Winner Is, as well as on the NBC pilot Surprise Surprise and the Fox series Mobbed. For FMNA, Gorman served as executive producer and showrunner for the dating pilot Take Me Out for ABC, executive producer of NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud and supervising producer for Fox’s American Idol (seasons eight and nine), earning two shared Emmy nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

Previously, Gorman was series producer and showrunner for FremantleMedia in his native UK for All Stars Family Fortunes (ITV1) and Grease ls the Word (ITV1). Gorman was also showrunner for Britain’s Missing Top Model (BBC3) and the Smith’s Hotels for Two (Discovery International), as well as series editor and showrunner for The Race (Sky One) and producer of Love Island (ITV1), I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here (ITV1) and Hell's Kitchen (ITV1).

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