Extra: Rive Gauche hires development VP, Brazil takes “Boom!”

In today's 'Extra,' Julie Pifher (pictured) joins Rive Gauche TV, Kino Lorber picks up N.A. rights for Lucha Mexico, and Keshet Int'l brings Boom! to Brazil's SBT.
May 4, 2016

Rive Gauche Television hires Julie Pifher for development
Los Angeles-based producer-distributor Rive Gauche Television (RGTV) has appointed Julie Pifher (pictured) as its VP of development. Pifher returns to Rive Gauche after an earlier stint from Workaholic Productions, where she developed and exec produced My Giant Life for TLC. Previous to Workaholic, she was with Morningstar Entertainment as a development exec. At RGTV, she will develop original concepts while continuing to foster copro ad acquisition relationships and seek out new opportunities.

“It’s with great excitement we welcome Julie back to Rive Gauche Television. She knows our company well, and is the perfect person to translate RGTV’s expertise and trend-setting mindset to get projects placed on the US networks,” said Jonathan Kramer, CEO of Rive Gauche, in a statement.

Kino Lorber acquires North American rights to Lucha Mexico
Sol Y Luna, the Spanish language division of distributor Kino Lorber, has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Lucha Mexico, from co-directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz. The film explores the Lucha Libre wrestling phenomenon and its cultural impact with behind-the-scenes access. It’s scheduled for a day-and-date release on July 15 of this year, hitting select on demand and digital platforms and theatrical engagements in such markets as New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and Dallas.

The deal was negotiated between the filmmakers and Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber’s senior VP of theatrical/non-theatrical distribution and acquisitions, and the company’s director of marketing, Sylvia Savadjia

Brazil takes Keshet’s Boom!
Israeli content distributor and producer Keshet International has licensed its game show format, Boom!, to Brazil’s second-largest television network, SBT. It will launch as a 13 x 30-minute series in the summer, as part of the channel’s variety show, Programa Silvia Santos.

According to Keshet, over 800 episodes of the game show have been commissioned worldwide to date, with such territories as Spain, France, Hungary and Argentina airing it. It aired in the U.S. on Fox in 2015.

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