Advanced Television

ZDF acquires Off the Fence

January 8, 2019

ZDF Enterprises has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 per cent stake in Dutch non-fiction content company Off the Fence. CEO and Founder Ellen Windemuth will stay in office as CEO of the Off the Fence group.

Founded in 1994, the Off the Fence group produces and distributes factual programming on a global scale. CEO Ellen Windemuth is also the Chairperson of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Summit, one of the most prestigious natural history and conservation festivals in the world.

Off the Fence Productions has created more than 500 hours of television content for a wide range of international broadcasters including History Channel, MTV, BBC, Channel 4, MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, The Weather Channel and ZDF.

Windemuth  commented: “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.’

Categories: Articles, Business, M&A, Production