Off The Fence sells “Life Stories,” “Spiderman Tech” in Asia

Networks in South Korea, China, Japan, India, Singapore and Brunei have acquired more than 200 hours of factual content from the distributor, including the one-off doc Spiderman Tech (pictured).
November 5, 2013

Distributor and producer Off The Fence has sold more than 200 hours of content to broadcasters across Asia.

In South Korea, KBS picked up 15 hours including Life Stories (six x 60-minutes), Wildest Arctic (four x 60-minutes), End of the Big Cats (three x 60-minutes), Plastic: The Real Sea Monster (one x 60-minutes) and In My Lifetime: The Nuclear Project (one x 60-minutes).

Meanwhile, Nine Planners acquired 70 hours of content, including Cosmic Vistas I and II (six x 30-minutes), Aerial America (25 x 60-minutes), Mario’s Greenhouse (eight x 60-minutes), Nature Today (26 x 30-minutes), Three Peaks Three Weeks: For The People of Africa (one x one-hour), The Lost Wave (one x one-hour), Kayaking (six x one-hour), Running to America (one x one-hour), Deep Wreck Mysteries (five x 50-minutes), and Future Earth: Journey to the End of the World (one x 50-minutes).

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV picked up 27 hours of science, wildlife and lifestyle programming, including the series Life Stories (four x one-hour), Under the Spell of Horses (three x one-hour), Smalltalk Diaries (10 x 15-minutes), and Inside Extraordinary Humans (four x one-hour).

CCTV also acquired the one-offs Spiderman Tech (one x one-hour, pictured above), Unbelievable Flying Objects (one x one-hour) , Elefamilia (one x one-hour), Grizzly (one x one-hour), Lions of Crocodile River (one x one-hour) and Weapons of Mass Disruption (one x one-hour).

Indian networks acquired 32 hours of programming. DCI India picked up Life Stories (six x 60-minutes) and Fit for the Wild (13 x 30-minutes), while NDTV India picked season one of Charly’s Cake Angels (13 x 30-minutes).

Mediacorp Singapore Most Extreme (10 x 60-minutes), Gardens by the Bay (one x 60-minutes), Lions and Giants (one x 60-minutes) and Icy Killers (one x 60-minutes).

In Japan, NHK bought Incredible Flying Cars (one x 60-minutes), NTV picked up Unlikely Animal Friends  (one x 60-minutes) and BS11 acquired Saving Otter 501 (one x one-hour).

Brunei’s RTB picked up science one-off docs Spiderman Tech and In My Lifetime: The Nuclear Project.

Finally, pan-Asian networks National Geographic Channels International acquired Street Food II (13 x 30-minutes), LITV bought Charly’s Cake Angels II (13 x 30-minutes) as well as the VOD rights to Duet (13 x 30-minutes).

Off The Fence’s sales manager Gerbrig Blanksma brokered most of the deals. Acquisitions and sales exec Natalie Holden handled the Japanese deals.

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