Speaker Richard Life
SVP Acquisitions and Co-productions
For over twenty-five years, Richard Life has worked in the international television production, finance and distribution business with some of the leading creators of scripted and non-scripted content in the UK, North America, Australia and many other countries.
He joined Cineflix Rights as Head of Acquisitions in January 2019, managing the distribution company’s overall acquisition of third-party content from producers around the world, including Apple+ spy thriller Tehran, Paramount+ Australia’s hit series Last King of the Cross and to date, over 1500 hours of scripted and unscripted content. Previously, he was running his own successful consultancy Universal Corner, supporting independent producers and broadcasters to help develop, finance, distribute, and produce a range of series and specials. This included overseeing the development and financing of a highly successful slate of shows for Cream Productions in Toronto that included docudrama series Fear They Neighbor for ID, and forthcoming Netflix mini-series Age of Samurai.
Prior to that, Richard was Head of Acquisitions & Co-productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the worldwide content exploitation business of UK broadcaster and global studio ITV. There, he managed ITVSGE’s development and co-financing investments for a wide range of content from UK, US, and international independent producers, including dramas including Titanic, Murdoch Mysteries Australia’s most successful returning drama The Dr Blake Mysteries, and hit factual series River Monsters and I Shouldn’t Be Alive.
Richard joined ITV in 2007 from UK broadcaster Channel 4, where he was as Head of Programming at its global division C4i. He was responsible for raising millions of pounds in co-production finance and for acquiring all content for distribution at C4i. Previously Richard worked in production for UK independent producers such as September Films and Wall to Wall Television and as News Editor of the UK’s TV trade magazine Broadcast.
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