Off the Fence ups Stehmeier, reveals varied MIP slate

Off the Fence has plans to bring 400 hours of new programming to MIPCOM, including Wildest India (pictured), as well as a new managing director of distribution.
September 8, 2011

Off the Fence has plans to bring 400 hours of new programming to MIPCOM, as well as a new managing director of distribution.

Bo Stehmeier had previously been director of sales at OTF, and in his new role he will be responsible for increasing program supply, as well as strategic and sustainable growth in acquisition, sales and co-financing. He will continue to work closely with OTF CEO Ellen Windemuth, COO Darrel James and managing director, production, Allison Bean.

Highlights of OTF’s MIPCOM offerings include lifestyle series Amsale Girls – Bridal Shop, a 6 x 60-minute series from Authentic Entertainment, which follows a bridal gown designer and her staff; and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? an 8 x 60-minute series following comedic icon Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa, from Zoo Productions and Pie Town Productions.

The varied slate also includes Orphans of the Wild (13 x 30 minutes), an Off the Fence and Homebrew Films coproduction. It tells the story of a wildlife and rehabilitation sanctuary in Namibia, which recently entered into a partnership with the Shiloh-Jolie Pitt Foundation.

Another OTF production, Wildest India (pictured, 5 x 60 minutes), documents India’s most spectacular landscapes and incredible wildlife.

Lastly, The Vampire Skeletons is a 60-minute one-off from Quick Fire Media, which reveals a new archaeological find that links to the legends of vampires.


Other titles coming to MIPCOM from OTF include Charly’s Cake Angels (13 x 30 minutes); Conspiracy Rising (1 x 60 minutes); Chilean Mine Rescue (1 x 60 minutes); Garden by the Bay (1 x 60 minutes); Exploring the Vine (13 x 30 minutes); Europe’s Last Wild Horses (1 x 60 minutes) and The Twins of the Twin Towers (1 x 60 minutes).

“OTF is extremely proud to have such a varied slate of programming this year, ranging from hilarious lifestyle and reality series to compelling factual and natural history shows,” said Stehmeier. 

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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 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.