Off the Fence


Off the Fence expands ahead of MIPCOM

Producer and distributor Off the Fence has hired a new development executive who will work out of its recently-opened LA office. It has brought on Havva Eisenbaum (below left) as VP. She will create formats and ideas for US broadcasters. Eisennbaum spent eight years at PB&J Media where she developed series including The CW’s Blonde […]

BBC buys Martin Luther King doc for anniversary tribute

The BBC has acquired one-off doc MLK: The Assassination Tapes, a one-off documentary about iconic US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior. The UK public broadcaster will air the 1x60mins doc as part of its 50th anniversary programming commemorating Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. The Peabody Award-winning film will go out on […]

Haslingden tunes up a new super indie

Until September last year, David Haslingden was Fox’s top channels executive, running its US and international networks. But after two decades at the News Corp unit he left, only to emerge back into the spotlight in February when he acquired Natural History New Zealand. Australia’s Northern Pictures was then added and a joint venture formed […]

Off the Fence inks US$20m doc deal

Off The Fence and newly-formed Malaysian funding and production group Ideate Media have inked a production and distribution deal worth up to US$20 million. Kuala Lumpur-based Ideate was inaugurated last week. Backed by Malaysian pay TV platform Astro and Malaysian government investment arm Khazanah Nasional, its mandate is to develop Asian-themed content with international appeal. […]

PBS America makes first third-party programme acquisitions

The international PBS channel has acquired a raft of documentaries from distributor Off the Fence, marking its first major deal for programming from outside the core PBS catalogue. The shows will go out on PBS America, the UK version of the US not-for-profit channel, which is run as a joint venture between David Lyons and […]

UKTV moving into international programme sales

Multichannel group UKTV will start to distribute some of its original shows directly and will be speaking to potential partners as soon as MIPTV, its head of programme distribution/strategy has told TBI. UKTV used to have a distribution output deal with BBC Worldwide, but in recent times has worked with a range of other distributors […]

Off the Fence inks UKTV distribution deal

Off the Fence has acquired 300 hours of content that it will sell internationally, including titles from UKTV and Fox’s regional channels. In the UK, OTF will be representing UKTV’s factual channel, Yesterday’s catalogue of one-off documentaries including Colditz – The Legend (pictured), Titanic: The Band That Played On, Royals At War, I Was A […]

Fox buys African series for its international lifestyle channel

Fox International Channels (FIC) has acquired an African cooking series for its lifestyle channel 24Kitchen. The series, Tales from the Bush Larder, hails from East African pay TV and triple play provider Zuku. It has shopped season one of the the show to FIC for the 24Kitchen channel, which is distributed in Portugal, the Netherlands, […]

Off the Fence to sell Fox lifestyle shows internationally

Off the Fence has inked a deal with Fox International Channels and will distribute over 700 hours of content from Fox’s lifestyle channel 24Kitchen. The exclusive deal adds 760 hours of content to Off the Fence’s catalogue and titles include The Free Range Cook (pictured) and The Taste of Life Travel. The programming in question […]