Off the Fence


Wildflame lands Off The Fence’s creative chief to ignite international expansion

Brink Of Disaster producer Wildflame Productions has named Off The Fence’s former chief creative officer as its new creative director. Allison Bean starts in January and will oversee Wildflame’s international push, reporting to Wildflame’s CEO, Paul Islwyn Thomas. She had been with Off The Fence for 16 years, most recently expanding its production capability as […]

News round-up: ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals; PBS & NRK open ‘The Letter’; MIP Cancun confirms 2023 dates

ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals Broadcasters and platforms across Latin America have struck deals for factual content with distributor Abacus Media Rights at MIP Cancun. ARTE1 in Brazil has acquired a line-up including Lennon’s Last Weekend, The Oratorio, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and […]

Off The Fence hires Sky & NENT alums as distribution team expands

ZDF Enterprises-owned factual outfit Off The Fence (OTF) is expanding its sales and co-production teams with three new hires to its Amsterdam-based distribution arm. Miriam Hossbach is joining the company in the newly created position of director of co-production and sales for German-speaking territories, while Emmanuel Grinda takes on the role of sales manager for […]

MIPTV factual round-up – updated throughout the day

Curiosity & OTF strike factual deal Factual outfit Curiosity has acquired 190 hours of content in a package deal with Off The Fence’s (OTF) Amsterdam-based distribution arm. Under the deal, OTF will deliver 80 titles across five genres – including natural-history, travel, true-crime and history series and documentaries – to Curiosity’s flagship streaming service Curiosity […]

ARTE takes flight with butterfly docuseries from Pernel Media

Franco-German broadcaster ARTE has ordered Butterflies: Superheroes Of Nature, a new nature and science docuseries from French factual prodco Pernel Media. The series, which will be produced as a 3 x 52-minute mini-series and a 1 x 52-minute one-off special, explores the insect’s incredible capabilities, including its ability to fly over thousands of kilometres, survive […]

News round-up: Off The Fence takes Auschwitz doc global; EPIX renews ‘Domina’; Rightsline acquires REAL

Off The Fence takes Auschwitz doc global Off The Fence has acquired the documentary series The History Of Auschwitz in 33 Objects for global distribution. Commissioned by Polish broadcaster Polsat and co-produced by Inbornmedia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the 4. 52-minute documentary explores the lesser-known side of the Auschwitz Memorial ­– one of […]

Off The Fence Bristol promotes Karen Meehan to COO

Off The Fence (OTF) Bristol, the UK production arm of the ZDF Enterprises-owned Dutch factual firm has promoted Karen Meehan as COO. The company said Meehan’s new role comes as part of management restructure and an expansion of its production capacity to meet increased demand following the Academy Award win for its 2021 Netflix documentary […]

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 […]

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