Off the Fence


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 […]

Indie Off the Fence makes trio of hires

Production and distribution company Off the Fence (OTF) has expanded its team with three appointments in sales and digital. Joining from Pilot Productions, and a previous employee of Banijay Group, Rebeca Fernandez (pictured) will join OTF as sales manager. Fernandez will be responsible for sales to Latin America, Hispanic US, Iberia, the UK and Ireland. […]

Factual Hot Picks

Following the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France, TBI profiles five hot factual projects currently making an impression from Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain to France 2’s Age of the Builders – Notre Dame.   Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Transvestite artist Grayson Perry first came to attention in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner […]

Off the Fence exec joins AMC Studios’ sales team

Off the Fence’s Mark Dee-Shapland has joined AMC Studios’ worldwide sales arm. Dee-Shapland has taken up the new post of head of content sales at the AMC Networks-owned production outfit. He will remain in Amsterdam, where factual-focused distributor Off the Fence is based, but report to LA-based Valerie Cabrera, who has been AMC Studios’ senior […]

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. […]

Atlantic adds to UK team

Independent producer Atlantic has hired two new execs and promoted another. Ian Syder (left) has joined the British prodco as head of production and Emily Smith (below right) as director of marketing, while Mike Davis has been upped to associate creative director. Syder started out in unscripted, working on Big Brother and Deal or No […]

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, […]

Eyre rejoins Stehmeier with Factory job

Georgie Eyre has reunited with former Off the Fence colleague Bo Stehmeier at lifestyle sports and culture content group Factory Media. She has taken the new post of head of acquisitions at The Rights Factory, which is the newly-christened sales arm of Factory. Eyre left Amsterdam- and London-based producer-distributor Off the Fence along with Stehmeier […]

Stehmeier becomes Factory worker

Fresh from exiting Off the Fence Bo Stehmeier has landed a job at fledgling digital production and distribution business Factory Media. It emerged yesterday Stehmeier had left European distributor Off the Fence along with head of acquisitions Georgina Eyre. He has now joined Factory as director of rights and distribution. Reporting to founder and managing […]

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