His hire comes as Cineflix Media’s UK-based sales division scored deals for shows such as First Response: Paramedicsand City Porn.
Life, the former head of acquisitions and coproductions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and head of programming at Channel 4 International, is joining as VP of acquisitions.
He joins as Kate Laffey, the current VP of acquisitions who has closed a number of new deals, goes on maternity leave.
Life will oversee factual and non-North American scripted in the interim.
Laffey’s new deals include picking up Yeti Television’s 1x60mins doc World’s Tiniest Masterpieces, which is about a miniatures sculptor named Willard Wigan, whose pieces sell for millions.
She has also acquired Rondo Media’s 6x60mins series The Wall (WT), which is a show looking at human stories behind six iconic man-made barriers around the world.
Senior VP of coproduction and North American acquisitions Anthony Kimble, meanwhile, has signed up Fahrenheit Films’ 12x30mins First Response: Paramedics, an ob-doc about teams of paramedics responding to 911 emergency calls; 4x60mins behind-the-scenes sex industry series City Porn (WT) from Fusion Media Group; and Vulcan Productions’ 1x60mins / 1x70mins The Cold Blue, which pairs interviews with surviving war veterans with recently found footage of missions flown over Europe by the B-17 ‘Memphis Belle’.
The deals come ahead of Cineflix Rights’ London Showcase this week.
“Our London Showcase event is a great way of introducing our latest titles to buyers before we launch them at MIPTV, and I’m delighted to be boosting our 2018 slate with these diverse new shows from our North American and UK producer partners,” said Chris Bonney (pictured), CEO of rights at Cineflix Media.
“I’m also really pleased to welcome such a great guy as Richard to the Cineflix Rights team. His extensive knowledge and fantastic reputation are key as we continue to expand our acquisitions portfolio.”