May 5, 2021
In this week's edition:
• Rive Gauche Revs Up Its Factual Offer
• Distributor Spotlight: Autentic Distribution
Rive Gauche Revs Up Its Factual Offer
By Chelsea Regan
Across the many genres under the umbrella of factual programming, the aim is often to entertain with information—to bring people the facts in an unscripted and entertaining way. The unscripted element, amid the worst months of the coronavirus pandemic, increased broadcasters’ and streamers’ appetites for factual content. And despite the ongoing health crisis that much of the world has been coping with, viewers aren’t just eager to sit down for lighter fare to lift their spirits; the dark and twisty docuseries still have their audience as well.
“Covid-19 has only heightened the need [for factual content] because the pandemic impacted the scripted space more so than anything else,” says Marine Ksadzhikyan, COO and executive VP of sales at Rive Gauche. “Even though we’re hearing feel-good programming requests are on the rise, we are still generating quite a bit of sales with the crime genre.”
In terms of who is picking up the series, Ksadzhikyan sees growing potential in the fast-expanding AVOD space. “Streamers remain a big part of the factual business, but as they aspire to make all-rights deals, they do not play a big part in most distributors’ business,” notes Ksadzhikyan. “We are definitely feeling the growth of AVOD and excited about the possibilities of attaining new viewers for our vast library of programming through these new platforms.”
As Rive Gauche looks toward the near future of the industry, it will also keep a close eye on linear players and how they “continue to transform their businesses to the new realities of a streaming world,” says Ksadzhikyan, who is eager to have the chance to strengthen and grow Rive Gauche’s partnerships around the world. “We are hopeful an opportunity exists after two years without face-to-face meetings with our clients to progress our relationships in person again. Once we are able to travel and reconnect again, we believe the industry will be bustling.”
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PROGRAMS: Snow Lords: 1x80 min., factual entertainment; Snows Lords: The Series: 4x45 min., factual entertainment; Stone Men: 6x45 min., factual entertainment; In Search of Monsters (w/t): 1x52 min./1x90 min., current affairs; The Dyatlov Pass Incident: 4x52 min./8x30 min., crime; What Went Wrong II: 6x52 min., history; Kings of St. Pauli—The Rise and Fall of Hamburg’s Pimp Gangs (w/t): 3x45 min., history; Europe’s Microstates: 6x52 min./6x45 min., people & places; The Huntsman: 4x45 min., sports & adventure.
“One of our highlights is the factual-entertainment series Stone Men, as well as the current-affairs title In Search of Monsters (w/t), which commemorates this year’s 20th anniversary of 9/11. The documentary takes a different perspective on the tragedy: it follows a formerly imprisoned and officially exonerated alleged al-Qaeda terrorist on his search for his torturers. He wants to take revenge—by forgiving. Another highlight is Kings of St. Pauli (w/t), a crime miniseries about the rise and fall of Hamburg’s pimp gangs in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The miniseries takes us into a seemingly fun world that was incredibly brutal behind its facade.”
—Mirjam Strasser, Head, Sales & Acquisitions
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