James Ganiere – From Business to Entertainment

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splash-magazines-logoJames Ganiere, a once successful businessman dealing with banking, financing, construction and real estate has now turned to his other talents of being involved within the entertainment world as he is the host of the new series Back from the Dead and Reel Hollywood, both of which are airing on the Interfusion TV network.

Having attended USC film school and graduated, James would have to put aside his passion for film andentertainment to provide his fast growing family with a stable income, but it wasn’t long until James felt the need to give his masked talents a call back.

“I knew I would someday come back to the business of filmmaking and television, but I didn’t know when until just a few years ago,” said Ganiere. He soon formed a Los Angeles-based production company, Rio Vista Universal, and commenced

James Ganiere

James Ganiere

developing the series Back from the Dead. The series features people who have had near death experiences after being declared dead.

“These are all true-life accounts based upon medical records, doctors, news reports and the individuals themselves as they tell us what happened when they died and how they came back to life,” stated James.

The inspiration for the series is solidly based on James’s childhood experience when his younger brother tragically died at age 2, leaving James to contemplate what happens to people after their death. He says, “It’s a question that many today are asking and through this show, we hope to raise the question, give insight and answers from some of those who have lived through near-death experiences.”

Aside from hosting the dramatic revivals of Back from the DeadJames is also the host of his show biz news program Reel Hollywood where he gets to sit down and interview the top names in theentertainment industry airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

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USA Today Must See Trailers

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Must-see book trailers: ‘Just a Kiss,’ ‘My Soul Immortal,’ ‘Red The Were Hunter’

Holy smokes — this week was chockfull of amazing videos, and the last is so, so good. The trailer for Rebekah Ganiere‘s Red The Were Hunter is sexy and epic in its delivery, with a sweeping soundtrack and Hollywood-style imagery. Take a look and then add it to your TBR like I did.

(If you can’t see the video here, you can watch it on YouTube.)

If you have a book trailer that you would like for me to feature in this column, send the link to Any subgenre is fine as long as it is a romance!


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Scriptapalooza winner Ken Kemp explains how his pilot plucked the prize

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Examiner“Attaché”. The term may evoke cinematic images of FBI agents traipsing through foreign lands, Sean Connerylike, Bluetooths in their dental caps* and gorgeous women at their sides.

All of this is a fairly safe bet when you’re getting ready to read theScriptapalooza Television award-winning pilot from writer-director Ken Kemp. At once fresh and fun, “Attaché“‘s “Forward Lateral” also demands a level of intelligence from its audience as it entertains.

This Examiner grew up in the same small California town as the scriptwriter, Livermore, even graduating from high school the same year. His dad was a noted

Kenneth Kemp

Kenneth Kemp

orthodontist; my mom a popular elementary school teacher. It was a pastoral and safe environment, even with its proximity to a certain world-famous nuclear laboratory.

After hearing he’d won the coveted Scriptapalooza prize, announced Feb. 13, I e-mailed Kemp some questions.

Following is an edited transcript of our online conversation.

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Rio Vista Seals Exclusive Deal with IHRA for ‘NITRO JAM’

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Rio Vista Universal seals exclusive deal with International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) for “Nitro Jam” Series premiering on MAVTV in October


RioVistaUniversal-logo_small(Los Angeles, CA May 1, 2014) — Hollywood, California-based RIO VISTA UNIVERSAL, whose recent  success with season one of the new weekly tv series, “Gear Heads,” recently prompted an immediate additional season order headed for production this fall,  announces an exclusive deal with the International Hot Rod Association to produce the IHRA’s “Nitro Jam” Drag Racing Series consisting of 39 episodes for broadcast exclusively on MAVTV beginning October 2014. The deal was cemented this week between James Ganiere, CEO of Rio Vista Universal, Jason Rittenberry, CEO, IRG Sports + Entertainment and show creator Raymond Iddings.

“We are excited to partner with Rio Vista Universal and Ray Iddings to produce our new IHRA Nitro Jam show,” stated Jason Rittenberry, CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment. “Having worked with Ray on several shows in the past and with the success of his and Ganiere’s ‘Gear Heads,’ we feel confident in their ability to provide us with an entertaining show that will drive new fans to IHRA’s ‘Nitro Jam.’”

Featured in the series are top IHRA drivers Bruce Litton with his “U.S. Male” team and Mark Sanders with his “Mr. Explosive” Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Mountain Motor Pro Stock drivers Pete Berner and Cary Goforth and Larsen Motorsports’ all-female Jet Dragster Team and many more. The series began shooting this past week at the season opener in Tucson, Arizona at IRG’s owned Southwestern International Raceway. IHRA “Nitro Jam” will shoot on location at the Palm Beach Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida this weekend, May 2-3. Further schedule details available: Jam

Each show will take viewers in the pits and homes of the fierce competitors. For the first-time ever, racing devotees can see the action on and off the track from their living rooms … or via their mobile device wherever they may be in the world. In fact, this show puts you so close to the race teams, it’s like being ON the team.

About Rio Vista Universal

Rio Vista Universal, based in Los Angeles and headed by James Ganiere, boasts a hefty resume with “Gear Heads” and “Nitro Jam” leading its production slate.  Others include “Back from the Dead,” “Reel Hollywood” and “Ultimate Garages.” In addition, Rio Vista Universal shingle, also manages and develops talented writers including Kenneth Kemp, who won Scriptapalooza for the pilot “Attaché.”

About IRG Sports + Entertainment

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading purveyor of sports and live entertainment experiences and is the privately-held parent company of International Raceway Group™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA).


Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life.



AFM Briefs: Olga Kurylenko To Lead Horror ‘Mara’; Shoreline Snags ‘The Shift’; Films Distribution Inks Ozon’s ‘The New Girlfriend’; Kiwi Everest Docu ‘Beyond The Edge’ Sells Int’l; More

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Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) has signed on to supernatural horror pic Mara, from Room 101, Mann Made Films, The Solution Entertainment Group, and Synchronicity Entertainment. Clive Tonge is directing in his feature debut. Pic riffs on the mythology and true phenomena of sleep paralysis aka sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome, with Kurylenko playing a criminal psychologist investigating the murder of a man seemingly strangled in his sleep by his wife. She uncovers a mystery surrounding an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep and must save herself and the dead man’s young daughter from becoming the next victims. Solution’s Myles Nestel is producing with Room 101′s microbudget horror guru Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) and Mann Made Films’ Scott Mann and James Edward Barker. Kurylenko is repped by CAA and Tavistock Wood.

Shoreline Entertainment has picked up worldwide sales rights to medical drama The Shift, starring Danny Glover, Leo Oliva, and Casey Fitzgerald. It tells the true story of a young male nurse (Oliva) who struggles with whether doctors, nurses, and families should let long-suffering patients live in pain or allow them to die in peace. Star Oliva also wrote and produced The Shift for his Oliva Productions and M.A.D. Elephant Inc., based on his own experiences as an emergency room nurse. Filming took place at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Shoreline’s Director of Acquisitions Melody Djavaldi and Melanie DiPietro CEO of M.A.D. Elephant negotiated the deal.

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