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JEFF AND JULIE HELFAND
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
GAME SHOW GURUS
HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL.

Jeff Helfand has been an entertainer since he was 10 years old. He participated in theater and graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Broadcasting. He worked in vari-ous aspects of theater and television broadcast¬ing. In 1992, Helfand began a deejay business that included music, karaoke, and trivia games. As he continued the deejay business, the de¬mand for the trivia games grew. Game Show Gurus was born.

Helfand continues to provide some karaoke and dancing entertainment, but over 70% of his business is now game shows. He and his wife Julie provide stage game shows and oth¬er trivia games to fairs, corporate events, and colleges throughout the country. Game Show Gurus produces around 150 shows a year and is growing.

Trivia Blitz is a game Dtterned after Jeop-ardy! that includes reams of two or three con-instants answering high speed pop culture ques¬tions_ Trivia Blitz can be fit for events of all sizes. Versus is a game that combines physical and mental challenges. Stage 2 is a show that combines constant running, changing game shows, .karaoke, and audience interaction.

Helfand and his wife regularly work at updating their question database. Julie has written trivia questions and games through work with Alz¬heimer's patients in a nursing home. While his¬tory and geography don't change, the couple make sure to keep on top of pop culture. "We sometimes take polls to see what is popular," said Helfand. One aspect that seems to move even faster than pop culture is technology.

The most significant change that Game Show Gurus has made is the use of technol-ogy. MP3 technology has made music storage easier. Computers have helped with efficiency and organization. An e-reader is used to store and organize all trivia questions. New text mes¬sage technology is used in some of the shows. Equipment is continually being updated for new games and to replace travel worn props and apparatus. A production can be performed on any stage or the company's new self-contained RV/trailer can host a show.
Game Show Gurus strives to be a family activity. Questions are designed for contestant success, "We aren't trying to stump or embarrass people. We want everybody to do well and have a good time," said Helfan.

While some of the games look like popular game shows from television, the live stage pro¬duction is more efficient to produce than a TV. series. A one-hour television episode may take
several hours to produce. A Game Show Gurus production is much more efficient in an effort to get as many people involved as possible. Because many of the games are based on television shows that survive on advertising, game shows are sponsor friendly. "The host can mention the sponsor often and prizes can be provided by sponsors. Not only is it enter¬tainment, it is also advertising," said Helfand. Not only can clients provide prizes, but they can also submit question for the contest. Along with trivia, musical games and physical chal¬lenges are offered. "When it comes to game show entertainment, we want to be the 'final answer,'" said Helfand. 
- IAFE Fairs and Expos July 2007


Discography

Game Shows that we produceL

Interactive Trivia Blitz
Mini Trivia Blitz
Category Busters
Lights, Sights, & Bites
Do Something
Versus!
Survey Says
Category Face Off
Stage 2
Karaoke Idol
Stayin Alive
All Play
Get Wired For This
Wheel of Knowledge
Knowledge Bowl
Trivia Tic Tac Toe
Final Answer
Newlymet Game
Speed Meeting Game
Dating Game
Wii Game Arcade

and many more
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We can recreate an TV game show as a stage game.

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Game Show Gurus is your number one source for planning, creating, and promoting awesome game show events. Put fun in your next “function”. GREAT For festivals, promotions, corporate. schools, and more.

Hire us to run your interactive game shows by your pool, at a picnic, town festival or concert series. Add life to special weekends, Parent's weekends, Orientation, and promotional events. Book us for your next main stage, family stage, staff meeting, convention, training session, special event, or member event.

Some of the venues that have used us in the past include: Illinois State4 Fair, Wisconsin State Fair, Summer Fest, Soaring Eagle Casino, Arlington Race Track (family event), Kalahari Resort (poolside, indoors and outdoors), Taste of Lincoln Avenue (secondary contest stage), Navy Pier (Chi-Tag), Kids Expo (at Arlington Race Track) and countless schools , corporate, festivals, and private groups.

For more information, contact us at 800-675-8048 or info@gameshowgurus.com

P.S. We make a great sponsorship vehicle because we give you "pass through" benefits to give to your sponsors. We will constantly mention names of sponsors, hang their banners on our backdrops, give away their prizes (with mentions), and give you a high energy attraction that they can associate with ready to buy consumers. This can lead to incremental sales at retail.