Off the Fence

Curiosity Inc hires Blue Ant & Off the Fence alum Ludo Dufour to lead licensing

Factual streamer Curiosity Inc has appointed former Blue Ant Media and Off the Fence exec Ludo Dufour to the newly created role of VP of licensing. Dufour will lead the global licensing of Curiosity’s portfolio of factual films, series and specials, which spans history, technology, science, nature and wildlife, travel and adventure. Shows include David Attenborough’s […]

Factual round-up: C4 explores ‘Ottoman Empire By Train’; Ushuaïa TV adds OTF package; Producers form true crime association  

C4 explores ‘Ottoman Empire By Train’ UK comcaster Channel 4 has ordered Ottoman Empire By Train, a new instalment of the history strand hosted by Professor Alice Roberts. The five-part show follows up the previous Ancient Egypt By Train, with Spark Media producing and BossaNova Media onboard to co-finance and distribute the series. Paul Crompton […]

Opinion: Why it’s time to forego growth and return to storytelling basics

Bo Stehmeier, CEO of My Octopus Teacher producer Off The Fence, argues that it’s time for companies to let go of their “addiction” to profit and growth and embrace storytelling green shoots. In the west, the new year is well underway and the underground stirrings of spring are bringing a whiff of hope. The east […]

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 […]

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