2/1/14 – Gurvey’s Law KABC 790

On 2/1/14 Gurvey’s Law on KABC 790 Talk Radio had an interesting show discussing the production and behind the scenes issues of what producers are dealt with when filming and/or recording TV and Radio shows.  Host Alan Gurvey had special guests Ken Kokin and Kandi Amelon on air to share their personal experiences, as well as radio producer’s of Gurvey’s Law, Debbie Payne and Erica Morrison came on air to discuss what challenges they are faced with every week.  This episode of Gurvey’s Law aired on Saturday 2/1/14 at 5:00pm-6:00pm on KABC 790 Talk Radio.




The first guest on Gurvey’s Law was Ken Kokin.  Ken has been a producer for many first time feature directors. He is also sworn deputy in state of Georgia.  The debut feature film he produced for Bryan Singer, Public Access won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Ken Kokin and Singer developed a script with writer Christopher McQuarrie to produce the multi-Academy Award winning film The Usual Suspects which Ken directed the substantial second-unit and co-produced. This achievement landed Ken on the cover of Fade In Magazine as one of “The 100 People to Know in Hollywood”.

Ken spent the next several years dividing his time between working with new film makers and developing a screenplay on the life of Alexander the Great, written with Peter Buchman and McQuarrie, for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Next, he produced and directed second-unit on McQuarrie’s directorial first feature, The Way of the Gun starring Ryan Phillippe, James Caan and Oscar winner Benicio del Toro.

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival marks Ken Kokin’s next statements in cinema with Captain Abu Raed the Audience Award Winner in festival’s World Dramatic Competition. This is not only the first independent film produced in Kingdom of Jordan but it’s the fist feature film from recent AFI graduate Amin Matalqa. 2008 is also the year where For Tomorrow the documentary that Kokin produced and directed in Argentina which was an official selection for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival where he won the Humanitarian Vision Award. This groundbreaking documentary premiered in 10 film festivals and won many other awards and created awareness about cause of Toms shoes assisting the company in achieve recognition as the fastest growing shoe company in the world.

Ken’s dedication to directing started at 14 when he started making his own films with a borrowed Super-8 camera. In high school, he directed several claymation, live action shorts and documentaries on 16mm. His most ambitious teenage endeavor was a re-creation of the Civil War Battle of Bull Run where he combined animated clay figures and actors to win the Newbridge Reel Award for Best Picture.

Upon graduating from University of Southern California Cinema, Ken joined the Editor’s Guild and worked at both NBC and Amblin Entertainment. CBS hired Ken to shoot, edit and direct the behind the scenes for the longest-running annual special, Circus of the Stars where he worked with lions, tigers, motorcycle, stunts, high-wire and trapeze acts.

Having a passion for all elements of filmmaking from pre-production through production and post-production, Ken chose producing and directing because they are the only jobs where he has the opportunity to participate in all areas of the process.

Recently, Ken has produced a Chinese-America co-production in Chengdu,_China starring John Robinson and Xiaolu Li. Back in 2008, he traveled South America, Haiti and Africa directing documentaries about the pandemic of poverty and HIV facing children in those regions.
Staying true to his roots in the crime genre Ken wrote the feature about the famous mobster, James “Whitey” Bulger. The Los Angeles Time piece dated June 26, 2012 quoted Ken to say, “Finding out that Whitey Bulger was living in Santa Monica just three blocks away from me was a little like looking frantically for your sunglasses only to find out they were on your head the whole time.”

Ken’s passion for documentaries continues as he is currently working on a feature about sea mammals as well as working as a producer in reality television.  To contact Ken, you can visit: www.KenKokin.com

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The second guest on the show was Kandi Amelon.

Kandi grew up in the world of figure skating for 20 years, competing nationally & internationally. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mass Communications. Kandi entered into the NBC Page Program. From there, she worked in the hidden camera tv biz with “Candid Camera”, then an inventions show called “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”  In 1992, she moved to Chicago to work on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where she produced for 9 seasons. While there, she was selected by Oprah to work with an unknown – Dr. Phil McGraw. When he got his own show, Kandi became a Supervisor, then the Co-Executive Producer of “Dr. Phil” for 10 years. She now develops her own programming and consults.  To contact Kandi, you can visit her website at: www.kandiamelon.com

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Here are some great pictures of Gurvey’s Law special guests Ken and Kandi in action:

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Alan Gurvey then brought on the producers of Gurvey’s Law, Debbie Payne and Erica Morrison on air to talk about their experiences and share in what they  deal with when producing Gurvey’s Law on KABC 790 Talk Radio.

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 This week was a great show!

Make sure you tune in for next week…

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2 Responses to 2/1/14 – Gurvey’s Law KABC 790

  1. Marco says:

    Wonderful points altogether!

  2. Greta says:


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