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Rive Gauche presents true crime and lifestyle programming
This week C21Screenings talks to Jon Kramer, chairman and CEO of Rive Gauche Television, about the programming trends influencing their slate in 2013.
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C21: What programming currently defines your approach to market?
Rive Gauche: We feel it’s important to maintain diversity in our content, in order to meet the needs of the growing number of broadcasters in the marketplace. RGTV’s catalogue is very well rounded for this reason. Whether it’s documentary programming, shocking reality, lifestyle shows or competitions, our goal is to represent strong series that work for everyone.
C21: What changes in programming trends have defined your business in the past year?
Rive Gauche: We’ve seen an increasing demand for true crime programming, on a global scale, over the last several markets. As a result RGTV is making a concerted effort to find strong series in this genre. Titles like Homicide Hunter, Happily Never After and Evil Twins are excellent examples of this and have proven to be very successful in the market place. We see this trend continuing to grow, and as a result we’ve added several new shows in the genre heading into MipTV. Pretty Bad Girls, Most Likely To and Catch my Killer are all titles that have very unique hooks in the world of true crime and we’re excited to take them out to broadcasters.
C21: What new shows are coming down the line that you think will succeed and why?
Rive Gauche: In addition to our new crime titles it remains our primary goal to have something for everyone, which is why we’re also strengthening our lifestyle programming slate ahead of MipTV. We’ve added Buying Alaska, a house hunting series set in the extremes of the last American frontier. We’re also debuting Along for the Bride, a reality title that follows Brides-to-be as they navigate the drama of choosing bridesmaids, and planning all the events leading up to the most important day of their lives. Finally, we’re bringing Race to the Scene to the marketplace; a reality competition series hosted by action movie star Dolph Lundgren. Contestants are placed in some of the most memorable movie moments by recreating stunts and scenes in a fast paced and comedic dash to the finish.
C21: What is your mission during the next year and what can channels expect from your company?
Rive Gauche: RGTV will continue to bring a strong slate of diverse titles to the marketplace to fulfill the wide variety of programming needs of our broadcasting partners. In addition, we will continue to break new ground in developing and bringing original formats to the marketplace. We had a breakthrough last year with our format, House Blend. Studio 89 is producing a pilot for M6 in France and top-notch year with our format, House Blend. Studio 89 is producing a pilot for M6 in France and top-notch production companies in Germany and Spain have also optioned the format.