WCSFP ’13: Off the Fence, Explora pen two-year deal

Distributor-producer Off the Fence has licensed 50 hours of science, natural history and wildlife titles to Canada's French-language channel Explora. (Pictured: Wildest Latin America)
December 6, 2013

Distributor-producer Off the Fence has licensed 50 hours of science, natural history and wildlife titles to Canada’s French-language channel Explora.

The CBC/Radio-Canada owned pay-TV channel has inked a two-year deal with OTF, which will see Explora taking on a range of currently unannounced titles from OTF’s catalog, and includes programming in the environmental, health, natural history and science genres.

A previous deal between Explora and OTF saw the acquisition of Wildest Latin America (pictured above).

The deal – unveiled at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Montreal – was brokered by Ludo Dufour, sales manager for Off the Fence, and Pascal Ouimet, business affairs director at Radio-Canada.

“We have been working with Explora since the launch of the channel and truly believe in the broadcaster’s identity and ambitions,” said Ellen Windemuth, CEO of Off the Fence. “We are delighted to celebrate an even closer relationship with our French-Canadian partners and know that OTF’s high-end programming coupled with an ever-growing catalog of French-dubbed content will be a great match for Explora’s programming needs.”

“Through this agreement with Off the Fence, we are very pleased to offer our audience an even greater selection of the best documentary series produced abroad,” said Michel Pelletier, programming director at Explora. “This is an important step for Explora’s development, which quickly won the public’s interest.”

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