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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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