Corra Group Gets a Grip on Reality Shows and Other Entertainment and Media Background Checks

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The explosion of populist new media and conventional entertainment, as well as advertising, has raised the stakes for agencies and production companies. They need to vet their citizen talent before putting on the air and otherwise embarrassing themselves, their affiliated networks, and clients.

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'You have to get real about doing background checks with reality shows, especially,' said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group co-founder.. 'Not everyone selected will be an ideal candidate.'

As a Los Angeles-based background screening service, Corra Group has used its proximity to the entertainment and media companies to offer background checks that can appeal to their different needs for their industry. The company offers employment screening services to production companies in Hollywood and New York as well as background searches for the casts on reality shows and advertising campaigns.

“Once upon a time,” I worked in the entertainment and media industries,” said Gordon Basichis, Corra Group co-founder. “I worked in everything from advertising and public relations to television and film. I understand the industry and can tailor a background screening program to address the needs of every segment.

“Corra Group can customize employment screening packages for production companies, media and advertising agencies for in-house hires. These employment screening packages are typically a more comprehensive group of background searches than one would conduct for participants in reality shows, or ad campaigns, as well as focus groups. With employment screening you conduct your county criminal records searches, but you may also conduct an education verification search, or even reference verifications to better ascertain the skill sets of your new employment candidate. If your job applicants are in your financial department, then you would conduct federal criminal records searches and federal civil searches as a matter of course.”

Basichis pointed out that in addition to the more traditional media, more new media and cutting edge technology companies are moving into Los Angeles. The Corra Group Co-Founder noted how some of these companies are startups while others are either opening offices or migrating down from the Silicon Valley.

“The area where most of these new high tech and new media companies are locating is loosely referred to as the Silicon Beach,” said Basichis. “It is a serious period for entrepreneurship and new ideas. But in the majority of cases most agree that the content they are creating is as important as the application or the platform itself. Naturally, as these companies get funded they hire talent and the talent needs to undergo background checks as do the people who will appear on the shows.

“You have to get real about doing background checks with reality shows, especially,” said Basichis. “Not everyone selected will be an ideal candidate. There have been some troublesome and embarrassing situations with talent on reality shows. The Ryan Jenkins episode, where he killed his wife and then took his own life, was probably the worst of them. When your image is on the line, it is best to know just who you are dealing with.”

BACKGROUND: Corra operates as Corra Group and specializes in employment screening and corporate research and investigation. It is one of the few companies that will answer the phone. You can review the website at

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