President / Executive Producer
Andrea reigns over the Forté Fortress with grace and guile. She is a leading lady when it comes to building the most talented teams and this gladiator wears everything from Converse high tops to heels. When she’s not focused on delivering (or creating) the next great thing to hit your screen, she can be found thoughtfully curating the office cookie/chocolate/confections selection.
FORTÉ Entertainment was launched in early 2015 by Andrea Gabourie, a multiple, internationally award-winning Creator and Executive Producer and one of Canada’s leading entertainment professionals.
Andrea’s reputation is built upon her creative expertise, business acumen and exceptional broadcaster and client relationships. Andrea has executive produced several highly successful productions, including CBC’s commercially and critically acclaimed version of the hit international format, Hello Goodbye. She has been the creative force behind original concepts including SnapShots (Kids CBC), Zoink’d (YTV), Let’s Get Hitched (CBC) and nerve (CBC). Andrea has also produced several international formats and other award-and-audience winning programming such as Life Story Project (OWN Canada), Project Runway Canada (Global/Slice), Project Runway All-Star Challenge (Lifetime US), How to Look Good Naked Canada (W Network, OWN Canada), Star Racer (Discovery Channel) and MuchMusic VJ Search: The Series (CityTV/MuchMusic).
Andrea was a pioneer in branded content within broadcast series and has worked successfully with brands as diverse as L’Oreal, Winners, Rogers, Mazda, General Motors and Mattel. In 2014 Andrea was entrusted with creating and producing a new, branded entertainment series for TJX Canada (Winners/HomeSense/Marshalls) called STYLE+TV, which marked the retailer’s biggest foray into the branded content space. Andrea’s production expertise has also attracted international business, including the live special, Bryan Adams in Concert, for the legendary PBS Series, Great Performances.
Andrea was previously the Director of Live Action Production for Corus Entertainment, where she ran the affiliated live action production division and oversaw the development and production of over 100 hours of in-house programming a year for Corus’ television broadcast properties, including W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, YTV and CMT.
Andrea has won several awards for her work including multiple Gemini Awards, the Columbus International Film & Video Festival and the Japan Prize. She is also a nationally published writer, with her work appearing in publications such as Elle Canada, Today’s Parent and the National Post.
FORTÉ is represented in the US by WME.