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Gary R. Benz * 

Gary R. Benz established GRB Entertainment to be a premiere independent, fully service production and international distribution company. As an Executive Producer, Gary has overseen thousands of hours of original broadcast, cable and syndicated programming, including live events, specials and numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning series for networks such as Disney+, A&E, Discovery, National Geographic, Fox, ABC and The Weather Channel.  Now entering its fourth decade in business and nominated for Emmy® awards in almost every year over the past decade, Mr. Benz’s diverse scope of work ranges from NBC’s NEXT ACTION STAR and other high-profile action stunt specials, to provocative and humorous dramatic recreations like TLC’s UNTOLD STORIES OF THE ER and SEX SENT ME TO THE ER, as well as the high-stakes life and death, Emmy® award winning documentary series INTERVENTION for A&E.  INTERVENTION holds a rare space in the marketplace for its longevity (15+ years/250+ episodes) and navigation of complex and relevant subject matter, positioning GRB as a well sought out partner in developing high quality, current, and socially conscious programming.  As an international distributor, GRB manages a catalog of more than 5,000 hours of programming, including series, specials, and films, and has sold programming to a multitude of channels in over 190 countries.  Its international distribution activity includes widely known and popular networks such as UKTV, BSkyB, Pro 7, Super RTL, Televisa and MNET.  In addition, Mr. Benz has positioned GRB at the forefront of digital distribution, creating additional revenue-generating opportunities for its catalog content and working with an ever-growing list of video-on-demand and other over-the-top services worldwide, including Netflix, PlutoTV and Tubi.  Notably, GRB holds the largest independent catalog of stand-up comedy and specials, as well as one of the most extensive catalogs of African American and black international programming.  Gary is currently a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and the Board Chairman for the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.

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