James Ganiere is a Television Executive at the TV Academy and a judge for the Emmys, as well as various festivals and a professional speaker and educator. He heads several entities, Rio Vista Universal, a film and television development, production and distribution company based in Hollywood, CA. In 2014, he launched a new division and publishing arm, Fallen Angel Press, which burst on to the scene with Amazon best sellers, awards and press coverage. Another organization, See Me Learn, he heads has enriched thousands of children with hands-on classes that help them learn the magic and excitement of drawing, cartoons, comics, and importance of science in today’s world. A true renaissance man, obsessive fixer, and venture capitalist which eases into any role that is required, business or creative. Over the years he has held numerous licenses, from securities and insurance to real estate and general contractor.
James is always looking for the next mountain to climb from being the youngest Boy Scout ever, to achieve the highest rank of Eagle to establishing the first U.S. Bank presence in California, to heading Hewlett-Packard’s worldwide database team and increasing productivity 1200% in the first month. For over a decade he was a fixer for public and private corporations in addition to State and Federal agencies.
The graduate of Brigham Young University and later, USC’s Film School credits his education as the place he learned the craft of creating and drafting a story into a full-fledged motion picture along with perfecting a below-the-line skill set on the technical side of movie-making including building the creative team, juggling budgets, arranging to finance, facilitating casting. His most important lesson: not taking “no” for an answer.
From the niche reality show, GEARHEADS (MavTV) to movies like PRETTY HATTIE’S BABY starring Charles Dutton and Alfre Woodard and to THE SHIFT with Danny Glover, Ganiere, and his Rio Vista banner are experts in unscripted development and sourcing film finance among their other expansive répertoire.