Toby Gorman is President of Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group. The studio, which is a leading supplier of premium unscripted content and formats, creates, develops, and produces a diverse slate of original programs for a variety of platforms. 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 across a diverse slate of unscripted programming.
Notable projects under Gorman’s purview include the Emmy Award-winning “World of Dance,” hosted and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez; the crafting series “Making It,” starring twice-Emmy-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; Dwayne Johnson’s “The Titan Games”; “Capital One College Bowl,” hosted by Peyton Manning; original talk show series “The Kids Tonight Show” from Jimmy Fallon; “Clash of the Cover Bands,” hosted by tWitch, Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean; and longtime NBC favorite “Hollywood Game Night,” for which Jane Lynch has won two Emmy Awards as host. Additional projects include comedy variety event series “That’s My Jam,” hosted by Jimmy Fallon; holiday baking competition series “Baking It,” hosted by Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg; music event series “American Song Contest”; and premium landmark series “The Americas.”
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,” with 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).