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Extra: Off The Fence acquires non-fiction titles; Big Little Fish names new COO

Off The Fence expands history offering European producer and distributor Off The Fence has acquired several non-fiction series to bolster its slate of historical offerings.  “Our history slate is one of our strongest ...
June 15, 2021

Off The Fence expands history offering

European producer and distributor Off The Fence has acquired several non-fiction series to bolster its slate of historical offerings. 

“Our history slate is one of our strongest to date, launching shows from a variety of talented producers including Impossible Factual, WMR, Tile Films, Wildbear Entertainment and Go Button Media,” said Off The Fence’s head of acquisitions, Loren Baxter, in a release.

The acquisitions include Royals: Keeping the Crown (pictured), a six-part series about royal families from the First World War to the present day, produced by WMR for CuriosityStream; The Secrets to Civilisation, a three-episode series that uses state-of-the-art science and technology to look at the ancient world, from the Bronze Age to the fall of Rome; Forgotten Frontlines (w/t), a six-part series from Go Button Media about the lesser-known battles of World War II; Viking Empires, a two-part, UHD series produced by Tile Films for RTE, offering new perspectives about the Vikings; Hell on Earth, an eight-part colorized series from Wildbear Entertainment, also about World War II; and As It Happened, a six-part series also from Wildbear, about the most incredible stories of the past century, from the Lindbergh baby kidnapping to the O.J. Simpson trial and beyond.

First We Feast starts Pizza Wars

Complex Network’s First We Feast is launching its first competition series, Pizza Wars, later this month.

The new series from the creators of Hot Ones is hosted by Nicole Russell of Queens, New York-based Last Dragon Pizza as she looks to become New York City’s master pizza maker by taking on the best pizzaiolos in the five boroughs. The series features celebrity judges Michael Imperioli, Sean Evans, and more.

Pizza Wars debuts on First We Feast’s YouTube channel on June 21, with new episodes dropping every Monday. 

Big Little Fish names Georgina Surtees COO

UK indie Big Little Fish TV has announced the appointment of Georgina Surtees to the position of COO.

Surtees brings more than 20 years of experience in the unscripted industry, and will manage all of Big Little Fish’s production and business operations, also acting as head of production. She spent nine years at Discovery Networks, where she was senior director of production management.

In her new role, Surtees will work closely with co-founders Mark Procter and Steve Jones, former Discovery Networks commissioning execs who launched Big Little Fish in 2019.

“Like all producers we’ve faced multiple challenges over the last 16 months and we are incredibly thankful to the commissioners and channels that have supported us with our first productions. Securing one of the industry’s most respected production executives is a massive coup for us and with Georgina’s wealth of experience we are now looking forward to building our business together,” said Procter and Jones in a release.

Added Surtees: “Mark and Steve’s infectious ambition for Big Little Fish instantly made me want to be a part of their growth story and I’m delighted to be joining the leadership team. What they’ve achieved independently already is impressive and collectively we now have rapid expansion plans to supersize the business with some truly exciting projects and initiatives.”

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