Ellen Windemuth


Off the Fence rejigs management structure

Two months after its acquisition by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), specialist factual distributor Off the Fence has rejigged its exec structure. Ralf Rückauer, VP of ZDFE Unscripted, is to lead the distributor as joint CEO, sharing the role with Off the Fence founder Ellen Windemuth with immediate effect. The German business bought the 25-year-old distributor outright […]

ZDFE acquires Dutch distributor Off The Fence

ZDF Enterprises has acquired Dutch producer-distributor Off The Fence. The German business has bought the business outright, with OTF boss Ellen Windemuth set to stay on as CEO of the distributor. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. TBI understands that OTF has been on sale for some time. The business was among […]

Ludo Dufour named Off the Fence MD

Ludo Dufour has been upped to managing director, sales and coproductions, at Off the Fence, and Kurt Thorson named CFO in a company rejig triggered by the exit of COO Daryl James last year. Dufour has been promoted from VP of sales and Thorson becomes finance chief having occupied several roles at the Amsterdam-based distributor. […]

James leaves Off the Fence after 10 years

Darrel James has left his role as COO of Amsterdam-based distributor Off the Fence after nearly ten years with the company, TBI can reveal. The experienced British exec decided to leave to return to the UK, and has taken a position as executive chairman of not-for-profit digital company, Cathartic. It is understood the former ITV, […]

Stehmeier, Eyre exiting Off the Fence

Bo Stehmeier and Georgina Eyre are leaving distributor Off the Fence as part of a restructuring that sees the firm draft in Modern Times Group’s director of pay TV channels. OTF managing director, distribution Stehmeier (pictured) is leaving the company this month after eight years. There’s currently no word of his next post. “Bo has […]

Luck’s in at Off the Fence

Producer-distributor Off the Fence has appointed National Geographic Television producer Geoffrey Luck (pictured) as executive producer. Luck is credited with factual series for the likes of PBS, Discovery, Showtime, and the Sundance Channel. In his new role at UK-headquartered Off the Fence, he will report to founder and CEO Ellen Windemuth. “We pride ourselves on […]

Off the Fence inks US$20m doc deal

Off The Fence and newly-formed Malaysian funding and production group Ideate Media have inked a production and distribution deal worth up to US$20 million. Kuala Lumpur-based Ideate was inaugurated last week. Backed by Malaysian pay TV platform Astro and Malaysian government investment arm Khazanah Nasional, its mandate is to develop Asian-themed content with international appeal. […]