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Off the Fence, Axonista launch interactive environmentally focused VOD

Amsterdam-based distributor-producer Off the Fence and Irish-headquartered technology company Axonista have teamed to launch the WaterBear Network, a video-on-demand service with content aimed at improving the planet. WaterBear will focus on premium environmental non-fiction ...
October 17, 2018

Amsterdam-based distributor-producer Off the Fence and Irish-headquartered technology company Axonista have teamed to launch the WaterBear Network, a video-on-demand service with content aimed at improving the planet.

WaterBear will focus on premium environmental non-fiction documentaries and series, including short-form content from the platform’s partners, with the goal of connecting and empowering the public, companies and other organizations around the world to take action. 

Off the Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth founded the WaterBear Network, and OTF digital head Victor Eckard will serve as WaterBear MD. Axonista will develop the platform.

The fledgling VOD service includes an overlay called “WaterBear Launchpad” that will allow subscribers to share content, donate, volunteer, become members of non-governmental organization (NGOs), and more. Subscribers will have the choice of their viewing preference with or without the overlay.

Off the Fence will work with global broadcast partners to enable and facilitate the production and distribution of films and series, as well as content from partner NGOs.

NGO launch partners for the WaterBear include WWF Netherlands, Tusk, African Parks and Sea Shepherd, amongst others.

Information regarding the price of the VOD will be reveleaed at a later stage.

The intial launch date for WaterBear Network is scheduled for Q4 2019 in the Netherlands, before being rolled out globally in phases.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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