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Off the Fence restructures as Eyre, Stehmeier exit

The global producer-distributor has tapped former Modern Times Group exec Mette Kanne-Behrendsen (pictured, left) as head of acquisitions, as acquisitions and distribution execs Georgina Eyre (center) and Bo Stehmeier (right), respectively, exit the company.
July 22, 2015

Global producer-distributor Off the Fence has tapped former Modern Times Group (MTG) exec Mette Kanne-Behrendsen (pictured, left) as head of acquisitions following a company-wide restructure, while acquisitions and distribution heads Georgina Eyre (center) and Bo Stehmeier (right), respectively, exit the company.

Kanne-Behrendsen previously served as director of pay-TV channels at MTG, overseeing the company’s roster of documentary channels, which include Viasat History, Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature. The exec is to join Off the Fence on September 1, working out of the company’s London office and reporting to CEO Ellen Windemuth.

Kanne-Behrendsen replaces outgoing head of acquisitions Eyre, who first joined the company in 2009. Prior to joining Off the Fence, Eyre served as an acquisitions manager at Target Entertainment, and also worked at the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Commercial Agency.

Eyre tells realscreen that she will be moving with her family to Bristol but has no further plans at present.

Meanwhile, Bo Stehmeier, MD of distribution, is leaving the company at the end of the month. His future plans have not yet been disclosed. Imelda Wiebers – who previously served as the company’s legal and business affairs manager – has been promoted to head of distribution, reporting to COO Darrel James.

“Having worked closely with Bo for eight years at Off the Fence, he has made a huge contribution,” said Windemuth in a statement. “He has been a fantastic manager and integral member of the team with a tireless appetite for innovation and fun. I have no doubt that Bo will continue to have a stellar career.”

Elsewhere, in its sales division, Off the Fence has promoted sales managers Gerbrig Blanksma, Mark Dee-Shapland and Ludo Dufour to VPs of sales. The trio will report to Windemuth.

“Mark, Gerbrig and Ludo have all been vital to the revenue growth we’ve generated,” said the CEO in a statement. “Their achievements are underpinned by their in-depth territory expertise and knowledge of the non-fiction market. They are absolutely the right people to take our commercial success to the next level.”

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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