RGTV Snaps Up Rights to I Saw the Unknown

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Rive Gauche Television Secures Rights to Travel Channel’s I Saw The Unknown 


LOS ANGELES (September 4, 2019) – Rive Gauche Television has secured the international distribution rights to Travel Channel’s paranormal series I Saw The Unknown 10x60(aka My Horror Story) produced by Hit + Run. 


Every day people experience unexplained phenomena that shake them to the core.  I Saw The Unknownfeatures stories of people recounting how they lived through these terrifying experiences, transporting the audience into what it would have been like to experience these frightening happenings first hand. 


 “We have been looking for a strong paranormal series and Rob Shaftel at Hit + Run, who also produced three seasons of I Was Prey for Animal Planet, has provided us just that with I Saw the Unknown. We are very excited to be adding this riveting series to our strong MIPCOM lineup. We feel I Saw The Unknown will be just as impactful as Something’s Killing Me, My Misdiagnosis and Very Scary People has been for us.,” said Jon Kramer of Rive Gauche.

Rive Gauche Television Secures Rights for Very Scary People


LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2019) – Rive Gauche Television has secured the international distribution rights to the riveting HLN series Very Scary People. 


From the HLN Original Series development team comes a twelve-episode series that chronicles the twisted lives of some of the most frightening, diabolical characters in recent history. Each individual is chronicled in two-hour long episodes which traces the heinous, criminal acts of these elusive miscreants and the eventual road to justice. 


John Wayne Gacy: “Evil Secret”

Charles Manson: “The Devil’s Work”

NorCal Rapist: “Phantom Predator” 

Aileen Wuornos: “Monster Made” 

Zodiac Killer: “I Am the Zodiac” 

Rev. Jim Jones: “Unholy Massacre” 


 “Weare very excited to be partnering with HLN again to take one of their high-quality series to the marketplace.  Very Scary People’s high production value paired with riveting story telling shows viewers a different side to these diabolical crimes. The two-hour event format is also very appealing to the international audience,” said Jon Kramer of Rive Gauche.


Rive Gauche Television Licenses Hundreds of Hours Ahead of MIPTV 2018

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LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2018) –Two titles that are making their premier at MIPTV have sold ahead of the market. Something’s Killing Me (12x60) has been snatched up by Bell Media in Canada. Homicide’s Elite (12x60) has been picked up by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership.  Homicide’s Elite is a compelling crime series that takes viewers on a wild ride with two elite homicide detectives; it comes from Jupiter Entertainment, the producers of top ID crime series Homicide Hunter and Sins & Secrets.

Written in Blood which has recently secured a second season on CBS Reality in the UK, has been licensed by TVNZ in New Zealand.

Controversial documentary Genius Factory has been picked up by YES-DBS Israel, TVNZ in New Zealand and ETV Africa.  ETV Africa has also acquired a large package that includes Egg Factor (which follows the journeys of intended parents who need the help of egg donors in order to have a baby), Fix It & Finish It, My Crazy Obsession and its Christmas specials, as well as The Day I Almost Died.

Trusted Rive Gauche brands such as My Strange Addiction, My Crazy Obsession, Dog Whisperer, Evil Twins, Ice Cold Killers and Sins & Secrets have been acquired by a variety of broadcasters such as the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, Prosieben Germany, Discovery Italy, Polsat Poland, Nat Geo Germany and Bell Media French Canada.

 “RGTV is pleased with the high quality shows we are bringing to MIPTV and we appreciate that our partners have continued to support us in such challenging times of transition within the marketplace,” said Jon Kramer of Rive Gauche.




Rive Gauche Heads to MIPCOM with New Titles & 2,500-Plus Hours

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Rive Gauche Television Secures Rights to Multiple New Titles for MIPCOM 2017




LOS ANGELES (September 27, 2017) – Rive Gauche Television has secured the rights to multiple titles from different genres to add to its expansive catalog of 2500+ hours of content for distribution worldwide ahead of MIPCOM.


From producers Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment comes a TLC series called Project Dad (8x60) which follows three celebrity dads as they step out of the spotlight and into the role of Mr. Mom. The Jury Room (6x60) is a new original crime program co-produced by AMC Networks International Broadcasting and FirstLook TV. The series re-examines real murder cases offering either new evidence, or a more advanced analysis of pre-existing evidence that is put in front of a new panel of jurors.  Written in Blood (10x60), dives deep into the gripping true crimes that inspired best-selling murder mystery novels. Evil Twins, a popular crime franchise for RGTV about twins who kill, also has a new season available. RGTV has secured a high-end documentary Genius Factory (1x60) from Wavelength Entertainment which documents an eccentric billionaire from the 1980s who wanted to create the world’s smartest kids so he funded the largest legal genetic experiment in human history. In addition to being a factual distributor RGTV will also debut its first made for TV movie, Overexposed a thriller where scandalous texts leads to multiple murders, starring Marguerite Moreau and Mary Katherine Duhon.


Ahead of MIPCOM Rive Gauche has secured various deals. TV movie Overexposed has been picked up by TF1 in France. FOX MENA has picked up a slew of titles: Along for the Bride, Ultimate Homes, Pretty Bad Girls, Wives with Knives and Happily Never After.  NTV Japan has licensed Evil Twins.


 “We are very excited at Rive Gauche to be going to MIPCOM with a diverse state of product to add to our broad quality offerings.  Our expectation in the challenging pursuit of viewers, is that our new slate will provide channels across the world with product they can embrace,” said Jon Kramer of Rive Gauche.




Rive Gauche Explores Crime, Travel & Strange Addictions - TVREAL

Jon Kramer, the CEO of Rive Gauche Television, talks to TV Real about how his company’s non-scripted offering breaks through the noise in the factual space.

Arriving on the scene more than two decades ago, Rive Gauche Television has amassed a portfolio of 2,200-plus hours of non-scripted programming ranging from documentaries and reality series to true-crime titles, travel shows and more. Some of its heavy-hitters include Homicide Hunter and Cesar Millan’s Dog Whisperer. “Rive Gauche likes to push the envelope,” says the company’s CEO, Jon Kramer.

One series that catches viewers’—and broadcasters’—attention worldwide by doing just that is My Strange Addiction. The show documents the stories of individuals battling obsessive behaviors that threaten to take over their lives such as eating toilet paper or chalk, picking their scabs or bleaching their skin. The program even follows someone who is addicted to sleeping with a blow dryer. Each half-hour episode features two individuals battling uncontrollable behaviors, with experts helping them explore the motivation behind their actions.

The outside-the-box thread seen in shows like My Strange Addiction can be found throughout the catalog. According to Kramer, Buying the Bayou is the My Strange Addiction of the travel/real estate genre. He says the show “combines a number of genres and ticks a lot of boxes.” It grabs viewers’ attention because “you get to travel to a very different place, the Bayou. You get to see houses that are built in the Bayou, which are much different from houses you’d normally see; and the people who live in the Bayou are unique, so you get to meet homeowners and real estate agents that are characters.”

The travel genre is a popular one that has been evolving to stay fresh. “What Rive Gauche has to offer in the travel space are alternative brands that could be developed and are available for broadcasters who want to be in this space, or digitals that want to be in this space that can’t get access to the basic couple of benchmark shows that define the space.”

In addition to outside-the-box series like Buying the Bayou, in the travel category, Rive Gauche has “shows that are aspirational and down-the-middle,” Kramer explains. Ultimate Homes and Buying Hawaii, two pillars of Rive Gauche’s offering, provide audiences with aspirational real estate experiences. “Both series take viewers to exotic places,” Kramer says. “Ultimate Homes appeals to a viewer who wants to see what the very rich have attained in terms of housing, while Buying Hawaii is for the normal person who wants to see what it’s like to buy a home in Hawaii.”

Crime is having its heyday, and Rive Gauche has a range of recognizable brands that sell well. “Our crime shows are of the highest quality and offer distinctive topics within the genre,” Kramer says. He calls titles such as Homicide HunterIce Cold KillersWives with KnivesThe Day I Should Have Died and Catch My Killer “addictive programming” for women in the 34-to-54 age range. The shows work for broadcasters because “a channel can count on their audience’s loyalty and schedule a program that they know will deliver,” he says. “In today’s very competitive marketplace, that’s a rarity.” Homicide Hunter, in particular, has been a hit for Investigation Discovery. In the show, Lieutenant Joe Kenda’s first-person narrative and re-creations bring to life some of his most challenging murder cases to see how the crimes were solved.

The company also has lighthearted shows that provide viewers with new experiences. Kramer points to The Illegal Eater as an example. The food-travel hybrid series is presented by Steven Page, a former member of the rock band Barenaked Ladies. “He’s a famous rocker, very personable, very quirky, and he takes you to a lot of strange places to eat,” Kramer says.

Rive Gauche launched a new entry into the international market at MIPTV. “Egg Factor is a one-of-a-kind show that follows a company that provides its expertise in making it possible for families who have struggled to create a family realize their dream through egg donation,” Kramer explains. “In a marketplace seeking fresh new product, this show is exactly what they need. Appealing to women 20 and up, the show will also capture men in the 25-to-45 range. This is just another example of a long list of Rive Gauche shows that offer something unique to the marketplace for those programmers willing to take a chance on a new genre and reap the benefits.”

Looking to the future, Kramer says the company aims to “build in the unscripted area through U.S. development and acquisitions. As the market evolves, Rive Gauche Television will evolve with it. As we go through this transition, we want the marketplace to know we are there to work with them.”

Kramer notes that the company is also focused on expanding its scripted offering, starting with the introduction of Overexposed, the first in a line of TV movies. “We are hoping to be able to deliver two to four a year once we ramp up,” he says. “A second movie is already in the works.” Through its sister company AfterShock Comics, Rive Gauche is also developing scripted series for the worldwide market. “All these activities will help Rive Gauche Television become a diversified supplier with unscripted, scripted and TV movie fare,” Kramer notes. “This expansion will better serve our clients with unique, top-quality programming, which the market has grown to expect from Rive Gauche.”