Off the Fence


Red Arrow hires A+E alum Joel Denton to head int’l distribution

Red Arrow Studios (RAS) has appointed former A+E Networks exec Joel Denton as acting president of the Germany company’s distribution business. Denton started his new London-based role at Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) today and will work together with current chief Bo Stehmeier, who is leaving later in the year to become CEO at ZDF […]

Show of the week – Costa Rica: The Rise Of Nature

One for the natural history lovers, this three-parter explores Costa Rica, which offers a range of ecosystems – from dry forests and volcanoes to rainforests and marine parks, all abundant in fauna and flora. They also provide a sanctuary to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, thanks to an innovative and proactive ecological policy […]

Red Arrow’s Bo Stehmeier to return to ZDFE’s Off The Fence as CEO

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has appointed Red Arrow Studios International’s president Bo Stehmeier as CEO at Off The Fence, the factual distributor it acquired in 2019. Stehmeier will take up his position alongside OTF’s founder Ellen Windemuth from January next year, with interim co-CEO Ralf Rueckauer returning to his role as VP of ZDFE’s unscripted output. […]

Off The Fence hires Leila Monks as head of commissioning

ZDF Enterprises-backed Off The Fence has hired Leila Monks in the newly created role of head of commissioning, through which she will build out the distributor’s production arm. The former TVF International and Zig Zag exec – who set up her own production label, Antidote Productions, in 2014 – is to work across development, production […]

Quintus picks up OTF factual package

Germany’s Quintus Media has picked up a raft of programming for its YouTube channel Free Documentary from ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE)-owned Off The Fence (OTF). The package includes more than 40 hours of factual programming including OTF Productions’ Supercars: The Million Pound Motors (1 x 60 minutes), Forever Young (1 x 60 minutes) from Tell Tale […]

Off The Fence hires Stefanie Fischer as MD of sales

Off the Fence has named Stefanie Fischer as managing director of sales. Fischer was previously head of content at the WDR mediagroup in Cologne, director of content sales at ProSiebenSat.1, sales manager at Sony Pictures in Munich and deputy head of sales of at ZDF enterprises in Mainz. Her appointment follows the departure this month […]

Off The Fence’s Ludo Dufour boards Blue Ant International

Long-time Off The Fence exec Ludo Dufour has boarded Blue Ant International and will relocate from Amsterdam to the US. He is to serve as SVP of international co-productions and sales for the distributor, focusing on co-productions, co-ventures, pre-sales, new business development and distribution licensing in the US. Dufour will operate out of the business’s […]

WE tv re-ups distribution deal with Off The Fence

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has re-upped an exclusive distribution deal with global unscripted distributor Off The Fence. The pact between WE tv and Off The Fence – which have been partners for 10 years – will see the latter ZDF Enterprises-owned distributor selling more than 1,200 hours of WE tv content internationally and […]

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