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.
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If you haven’t heard of Spalding Gray, a brilliant writer/raconteur/actor in the Eighties and Nineties, check him out on YouTube. He played a small part in Roland Joffé’s 1984 epic The Killing Fields, and based one of his famous, captivating performance monologues, Swimming To Cambodia, about his time filming it in south-east Asia. He describes how he couldn’t return home from a trip until he’d had his ‘perfect moment’; while taking some RR after weeks on location, it happened, out of the blue, on a Thai beach. It was one of those hot, irritating days of mishaps and frustrations, culminating in an ill-advised swim after smoking a large joint. He was smacked by a large wave, which bowled him over and over until it finally spat him out on to the beach. Lying there, looking at the sky, trying to catch his breath after his mini near-death
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