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Off The Fence: Independent Distributor Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Cannes. A Podcast with CEO Ellen Windemuth

Ellen Windemuth launched OFF THE FENCE from her basement 25 years ago.

In this week’s podcast, Ellen:

  • Looks back at her company’s launch.
  • Reflects on the particular challenges then for women in a male-dominated industry.
  • Explores how Off The Fence grew into an industry-leading independent distributor / producer with a turnover of around $20 million.
  • Describes her company’s recent acquisition by ZDF Enterprises.
  • And looks into the future of factual television in the age of Netflix.


Listen here to Ellen Windemuth, Off The Fence founder and CEO

Ellen Windemuth at MIPDoc 2019



  • The Off The Fence team has been cheerleaders and supporters of my newsletter since the very first day of my launch.
  • Congrats on your 25th and your acquisition by my highly respected friends at ZDF Enterprises.
  • I wish every success to the new ZDFE.unscripted team led by Ralf Rueckauer and Ellen.
  • Ralf and Ellen will present A Strategic Update on their  future cooperation, plus their latest program highlights for MIPDoc. That’s on Sunday 7 April from 15.30-16.15 in the JW Marriott Grand Theatre.  I’m honored to be moderating.
  • (Update: photo below with Terra Mater’s Walter Kohler, who announced that his catalog will be distributed by OTF).

Hummingbirds, a highlight from the ZDFE.unscripted catalog