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Off the Fence is a leading non-fiction content company of global scale and reach, producing and distributing exceptional factual programming.

Owned by ZDF Enterprises since 2019, and established in 1994, Off the Fence is a 360 factual content company.

We produce, acquire, localise, and distribute non-fiction programming. We offer a tailored service to rights-owners and from co-financing to finished programme sales, can play a vital role at any stage of the value chain to maximise revenue and reach on behalf of our clients.

Our independent spirit and personal approach enables us the flexibility and dynamism to deliver the best for our partners. We bring a bespoke and commercially savvy approach to our global business and have a deep understanding of local markets.

OTF Amsterdam's distribution arm has a catalogue offering over 6,000 hours of diverse programming across 8 factual genres. With offices in Amsterdam and London, we have a truly international footprint and a culturally aware distribution team whose executives speak 17 languages. We pride ourselves on our long-term partnerships and have exclusive distribution agreements with WE tv, Terra Mater Factual Studios and NHU Africa.

OTF Bristol’s Production arm is an award-winning producer of factual television and feature-length theatrical documentaries, broadcast worldwide. We have created more than 500 hours of television content for a wide range of international broadcasters including History Channel, MTV, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, MSNBC, PBS, Netflix, National Geographic, A&E, Smithsonian Channel, The Weather Channel, ZDF, Arte, and France televisions. Our films aim to give a fresh perspective and high production values across a range of genres that include science, history, adventure, human stories, and natural history. Our creative team have been recognised by more than 80 awards, including Royal Television Society, Emmy, Golden Panda, and Grand Teton.

In 2021, our Netflix original documentary, co-produced with the Sea Change Project and Netflix Originals, My Octopus Teacher won an OSCAR and a BAFTA for Best Documentary Feature.

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