Corra Group Expands Background Checks for Entertainment and Media Industry

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El Segundo based Corra Group has expanded its background checking services to the Hollywood and Media Industry. Because Corra Group is headquartered near Hollywood, and with one of its owners having worked for many years in entertainment and media, the company has unique expertise in providing screening and corporate research to television and film studios as well as the different production facilities in traditional and new media and entertainment.

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“Today, there are multiple reality and television shows that use hundreds of people from anywhere USA,” said Gordon Basichis. "It’s just common sense for television and film studios to conduct background screening on the talent and employees."

Corra Group has expanded its services to the entertainment and media industry. With its headquarters based in the Hollywood area, the background screening company has received requests from local and regional film, television and advertising concerns for a variety of background checks.

“I worked in the entertainment industry,” said Gordon Basichis, Co-Founder of Corra group. “I have a thorough understanding of the background checking services the entertainment and media industry needs to examine who is working in its offices and appearing on its shows."

“Today, there are multiple reality and television shows that use hundreds of people from anywhere USA,” said Basichis. “In advertising and media promotion, people are recruited for focus groups and as such they become de facto representatives of major corporations. It’s just common sense for networks and cable companies, and the production groups they license from to conduct background screening on the talent they are putting on the air. We’ve already seen a few incidents where the contestants have either committed felonies or there were warrants out for their arrest.”

Basichis pointed out the Ryan Jenkins debacle, as featured in the CBS News and just about every news venue in the nation. Jenkins was was a contestant on a reality show. He killed his former wife and then was the subject of a nationwide manhunt that ended tragically. “It was a true horror show that was tragic in every sense and embarrassing to media group," said Basichis. "Canal Plus interviewed Corra Group to determine why Jenkins’ prior criminal history had been overlooked."

“There was that other issue with one Jermaine Jones who, according to the Washington Post and other news outlets, was appearing on American Idol had outstanding warrants in three different counties, back in New Jersey,” said Basichis. “I’m not pointing any fingers. Believe me, you can’t always catch everything. But you can catch most of it.”

Basichis noted that Corra Group had Background Search packages for both media contestants and people in focus groups as well as the staff and executives working in advertising, film, television, and new digital media. He offered that database criminal searches and county criminal records searches are the most commonly sought of background checks. But, he suggested, social media searches are most worthwhile in determining the character of a contestant.

Corra Group has experienced an increase in demand for social media searches. Social media searches are being conducted for advertising focus groups and for both the staffing of the media production companies and recruiting for their reality shows.

“We utilize state-of-the-art software,” said Basichis. “Social Media searches help determine if your candidate is just too creepy for employment staffing or for public consumption.

“It’s always good to remember that things are not often what they appear,” cautioned Basichis. “And sometimes they are that much worse.”

BACKGROUND: Corra operates as Corra Group and specializes in pre-employment and corporate research and investigation. It is one of the few companies that will answer the phone. You can review the website at http://www.corragroup.com.

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