Prior to Cheyenne Enterprises, Rifkin had been a talent agent for over 20 years. He started his career at Rifkin-David and was a founding partner of the hugely successful Triad Artists. In 1992, Triad Artists was acquired by the William Morris Agency. Rifkin was named worldwide head of the WMA Motion Picture Department, and in 1996, ascended to the role of president of the agency where he remained until September 1999. A few months later in January 2000, Rifkin formed Cheyenne Enterprises along with his former client of 17 years, Bruce Willis.
Since the company's inception, they have become a prolific producing entity having produced such feature films as Bandits, Hart's War, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Tears of the Sun, The Whole Ten Yards and Hostage. Cheyenne is currently developing Die Hard 4.0 and has acquired King Con based on the Stephen Cannell novel for Willis to star.
In addition to Willis' projects, the company is producing the romantic comedy Just My Luck with director Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and starring Lindsay Lohan. Currently in pre-production are Fragile by writer/director Blake Masters and The Tourist by Mark Bomback. In conjunction with Ascendant Pictures, Cheyenne has acquired Carsten Stroud's novel Black Water Transit with Samuel Bayer directing the screenplay adaptation by Doug Richardson (Hostage). Also with Ascendant, Cheyenne will produce the heist thriller Deal by Joe LiSuzzo, Scott Forsyth and Glenn Gordon Caron (TV's Medium, Moonlighting). With Beacon Pictures, Cheyenne is in development on the horror picture Serial by Adam Ripp & Steve Wolfson.
In television, Cheyenne Enterprises has become equally prolific, starting with Sam Shepard's True West for Showtime; the animated series Gary the Rat for Spike TV, featuring the voice talent of Kelsey Grammer and co-produced with Grammer's Gramnet; and most recently, the critically-acclaimed series Touching Evil on The USA Network, executive produced by Cheyenne and the Hughes Brothers (From Hell). The company is currently in production for Lifetime Television and Lion's Gate TV on the vampire pilot Scarlett, created by Beimler & Wolfe (TV's StarTrek: Deep Space Nine) and The Serpent and the Eagle to be directed by Ron Howard.
In addition to his work in the creative community, Rifkin sits on the Board of Directors at the American Cinematheque and serves as the co-chair of the Producers Program at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television in addition to teaching an undergraduate seminar and a summer graduate course there. During his tenure at the William Morris Agency, he created an internship program for Harvard MBA students and, for the past two years, has lectured at Harvard's School of Business and Yale Law School.
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