Off the Fence pens content deal with In the Box

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence is partnering with new South East European broadcaster In the Box TV for a content deal that will provide the latter with 3,000 hours of factual programming over two years. (Pictured: Platinum Weddings)
April 1, 2014

Anglo-Dutch producer-distributor Off the Fence is partnering with new South East European broadcaster In the Box TV for a content deal that will provide the latter with 3,000 hours of factual programming over two years.

Off the Fence will provide a range of programming across lifestyle, nature and wildlife, history and science and technology strands from its in-house production company and broadcaster and indie partners. It will share about 2,000 hours from its current catalogue up-front, with the remaining 1,000 hours distributed over the course of an 18-month period. The programming will air on some of the 12 new In the Box channels launching September 1.

Off the Fence shows sold to In the Box include WE tv’s Amazing Wedding CakesPlatinum Weddings (pictured above) and My Fair Wedding; Smithsonian Networks’ History in HDAerial AmericaAliens Inside Us and Black Wings; and Off the Fence Productions titles Monkey ThievesAsia’s MonarchiesExtinction Sucks and Stan Lee’s Superhumans.

In The Box will air across Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro, and in summer 2015 it will extend signal-airing through other EU countries.  The channels receiving Off the Fence content include Woman, Planet Earth, Home & Design, M.A.N. and Dr. Fit.

The sales were brokered by Mark Dee-Shapland, Off the Fence’s sales manager.

“Off the Fence is a company with a catalogue of global content partnered with a deep knowledge of what local audiences are looking for, and we are always looking for partners in maturing and emerging markets to work with,” said Dee-Shapland in a statement.

“We will be supplying In The Box TV with the diverse range of high-quality programming which Off The Fence has such a strong reputation for, across our blue-chip documentaries, popular factual series and the lifestyle titles that we have from WEtv – among the strongest female content in the market.”

About The Author
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.