About

A New Kind of Studio 

Vuguru is an independent studio that develops and finances scripted series for digital and television worldwide. Founded in 2006 by Michael D. Eisner’s Tornante Company, and co-owned by Canada’s Rogers Media, Vuguru programming has been licensed in over 110 countries.

Vuguru develops and invests in great creative ideas.  The company was founded on the premise that amazing stories can thrive on emerging digital platforms.  As digital has grown to challenge television for audience, talent and compelling stories, Vuguru has expanded its charter to focus on long form scripted (half hour comedy and one-hour drama) programming.  The company is currently financing the development of multiple series targeted toward cable television and subscription VOD providers.

Vuguru’s short-form library consists of more than 25 scripted titles that have appeared on the likes of Hulu, AOL, Yahoo!, Amazon, Syfy Digital, CW Digital, and YouTube. Rogers Media handles Vuguru titles in Canada, while FremantleMedia distributes Vuguru’s library on TV and digital platforms outside North America. Content Media and BBC Worldwide have also distributed Vuguru titles internationally. 

Recent short-form projects include We Need Help and The Fuzz, on Yahoo! Screen, as well as the company’s first unscripted project in Partnership with NASCAR: Flat Out.

 

Management

Larry Tanz
Chief Executive Officer

Larry has helped build Vuguru into a leading independent studio with a library of titles in worldwide distribution. He has an extensive background in film, television and digital media. Previous stints include six years as CEO of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s LivePlanet where he produced Project Greenlight, among other properties. He also served as an executive at AOL Time Warner and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

Lauren Corrao
Chief Creative Officer

Creating and developing great content has always been a priority for Lauren. Before coming to Vuguru, Lauren was President of Original Programming and Development at Comedy Central where she launched hit television franchises including Chappelle’s ShowThe Colbert Report, Reno 911, Tosh.O and Workaholics. As a producer, she has partnered with Emmy award winners Peter Tolan (The Job) and Ellen DeGeneres to run their television companies. Lauren began her career at MTV, where she made her mark by developing the Ben Stiller Show and The Real World, now in it’s 29th season.

David Shall
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

As Vuguru’s COO & General Counsel, David oversees Business & Legal affairs, Finance, Production and Human Resources. He is a pioneer in structuring groundbreaking content agreements for new media, drawing on over 20 years of high level deal-making experience at some of Hollywood’s major studios. Prior to joining Vuguru in 2010, David was Executive Vice President, Business Operations/General Counsel, FremantleMedia North America, Inc., and Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and New Business Development, Twentieth Television, a division of 20th Century Fox Television.       

 

 

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