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Smithsonian and Off the Fence extend deal

U.S. network Smithsonian Channel and Anglo-Dutch indie Off The Fence have extended their distribution agreement, in place since 2008, for all international territories, excluding North America, until 2013.
September 13, 2011

U.S. network Smithsonian Channel and Anglo-Dutch indie Off The Fence (OTF) have extended their distribution agreement, in place since 2008, for all international territories, excluding North America, until 2013.

The new deal extends the distribution agreement until December 31, 2012, and will see OTF representing nine new titles from Smithsonian’s catalog at MIPCOM in Cannes next month.

The hour-long titles include Black Wings, Creatures of the Black Lagoon, Chilean Mine Rescue, 9/11: Stories in Fragment, Mission Critical: Amphibian Rescue and Jefferson Bible. OTF will also be distributing three new episodes of the series Aerial America.

OTF also collaborated with Smithsonian Channel on packaging coproductions for future Smithsonian Channel projects. The distribution company has already sold more than 150 hours of Smithsonian Channel’s programming to international territories.

Bo Stehmeier, director of sales at OTF said: “Smithsonian has an excellent reputation for groundbreaking content in the arts, science, history and culture genres and this can be seen in their compelling new slate. We are proud to be adding these shows to our catalog and look forward to demand from broadcasters around the world.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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