Off the Fence


Stehmeier takes sole reins at OTF as Windemuth focuses on WaterBear

Bo Stehmeier has become sole CEO of My Octopus Teacher producer Off The Fence as co-CEO Ellen Windemuth has moved to become full-time CEO at its environmental streaming service WaterBear. Stehmeier returned to ZDF Enterprises-owned factual prodco Off The Fence at the start of this year, following his tenure as president of Love Is Blind […]

Off The Fence strikes Canadian finance & distribution deals

Amsterdam-based production and distribution firm Off The Fence has struck content deals with two Canadian prodcos, following the opening of its Toronto office last August.  Off The Fence has partnered with Markham Street Films to raise financing and distribute the Toronto firm’s development slate, which includes Luck Decoded – a series which uncovers the true […]

Off The Fence launches ‘Harry Potter’-themed travel series for global sales

ZDF Enterprises-owned European factual producer and distributor Off The Fence has launched an upcoming Harry Potter-themed travel series for global distribution. Produced by Dash Pictures, the six-part Fantastic Friends follows James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter movie franchise, based on the books by JK Rowling, as they travel the […]

Off The Fence appoints chief for new Canadian office

My Octopus Teacher firm Off The Fence (OTF) has opened a new office in Canada and named Imelda Wiebers to run it. Wiebers, who is OTF’s director of commercial & business affairs, will manage and oversee the new arm, which is based out of Toronto. Her current role includes assessing the legal and commercial return […]

Off The Fence bolsters development with BBC Studios, Top Hat alum addition

Factual producer-distributor Off The Fence (OTF) has followed up its recent management overhaul by appointing a former BBC Studios and Top Hat exec for development. Becky Pott becomes development producer at ZDF Enterprises-owned OTF, which recently reorganised its operations to focus on three pillars of programming and also appointed Allison Bean as creative chief. Pott […]

Off The Fence names creative chief & unveils new ‘pillar’ approach

My Octopus Teacher outfit Off The Fence (OTF) has reorganised its operations to focus on three pillars of programming and appointed the MD of its production arm to a new creative role. The revamp comes six months since former Red Arrow Studios exec Bo Stehmeier returned to ZDF Enterprises-owned OTF as CEO and will see […]

Off The Fence hires Debbie Hinningan to lead natural history

My Octopus Teacher outfit Off The Fence (OTF)  has appointed former BBC exec Debbie Hinningan as its head of natural history. Hinnigan will be based out of OTF’s Bristol office in the UK and will oversee all operations for the natural history production team, which has produced content for companies including National Geographic, Discovery, Love Nature, […]

News round-up: BBCS trio join Gramafilm; Sweden & Poland join Family Food Fight; OTF takes end-of-life doc ‘Laura’s Choice’

BBC Studios trio join Gramafilm London-based producer Gramafilm has added three development executives to its ranks. Eddie Evelyn-Hall, Laura Amure and Jamie Cowell will work across the company’s entertainment and factual entertainment. Evelyn-Hall becomes creative director of development, effective immediately, and will report directly into Gramafilm owner and director James Morton-Haworth. She will lead development […]

Exclusive: Off the Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth on factual strategy & industry sexism

Following International Women’s Day, TBI continues its series of interviews with leading women in the TV industry. Here, Off the Fence and WaterBear founder Ellen Windemuth discusses the sexism she has faced during her career and what’s on the cards for her companies in the coming months. “My initial reason for starting Off the Fence was […]

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