The commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, which is known for distributing series such as The Killing, has bought 100% of the company, which produces series such as Destination Wild and Stan Lee’s Superhumans.
Off The Fence CEO and Founder Ellen Windemuth will remain with the company, which was founded in 1994. The company has produced more than 500 hours of TV and also distributes 6,500 hours of programming including Love & Hip Hop and Kendra on Top. It has sales offices in Amsterdam, London, Cape Town and Mainz.
Ellen Windemuth, CEO of Off the Fence, said, “We are very excited to join such a clever and dynamic group. We have worked closely together for twenty years, and there is a lot of mutual respect. We have developed a synergistic common strategy, and I look forward to realising it together.”
Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises added, “Ellen has been a valued partner of ZDF Enterprises in general and for ZDFE.unscripted in particular for many years. We have always admired her innovative strength, creative spirit and economical power. For all of us, it was the next logical step in our partnership to join forces and networks in order to enable us to jointly be even more successful in the future.”