Antidote Productions co-founder Leila Monks has joined Amsterdam-headquartered non-fiction content company Off The Fence, a division of ZDF Enterprises, as head of commissioning.
The newly created role will see Monks (pictured) working across Off The Fence’s development, production and distribution teams focusing to expand the company’s production output.
In addition, Monks will executive produce a portion of the company’s output and will also leverage her distribution expertise in helping expand OTF’s global footprint by sourcing international coproduction partners.
Monks had previously run her own production unit in Antidote Productions, which she launched with co-founder Laura Jones in 2014. In 2017, UK firm Edge Investments took a stake in the company for £1 million. The company has produced a variety of series for major broadcasters including What Makes a Woman, Addicted: Last Chance Mums, Mysteries of the Mekong, Professor Green: Suicide and Me and YouTube Revolution.
Antidote, which last year received US$1.2 million in private investment, will continue to operate with Jones at the helm.
Prior to Antidote, Monks served as VP of commercial and current production at London indie Zig Zag Productions. Before that, she was director at factual distributor TVF International over a six-year period.
Earlier this year, Off the Fence was acquired by ZDFE, the commercial arm of the German pubcaster. Since its founding in 1994, OTF has created more than 500 hours of unscripted content for a range of international broadcasters, including History Channel, MTV, BBC, Channel 4, PBS and National Geographic.
“Since being acquired by ZDF Enterprises, Off the Fence is going from strength to strength and it has become apparent we need a robust and talented executive to lead this new chapter of our existence as we continue to mature,” said Off The Fence’s Allison Bean, MD of productions, in a statement. “Leila is the perfect combination of experience, talent, tenacity and passion. She is an impressive visionary and the perfect person to unite and drive one of our most important departments.”
“I have admired the business for years and it’s in a unique position being able to tap into international finance and get shows into production,” said Monks of the move to OTF. “It has a fantastic track record in producing TV shows and big expansion plans which include the production of some incredible feature docs and digital initiatives which I’m thrilled to be a part of.”