Off the Fence adds WaterBear Network content
Amsterdam-based distributor Off the Fence has deepened its collaboration with conservation-focused free streaming service WaterBear Network by adding the platform’s original documentary content to its catalog.
The services, both founded by award-winning My Octopus Teacher executive producer Ellen Windemuth, have been working together on themed content aimed at inspiring change among global audiences.
Off the Fence’s catalog of programming is divided into three themed content pillars: Yesterday (history) Today (impact, natural history, travel and adventure, lifestyle, crime) and Tomorrow (science), with WaterBear Network’s content fitting into the Today pillar.
“We are thrilled to be adding WaterBear Network’s groundbreaking content to our catalog. There has been a rise in popularity of impact-led content in the past year, which was largely brought about by the pandemic. People are becoming more aware of the ever changing world around them and wish to create a better future for the planet,” said Loren Baxter (pictured), Off the Fence’s head of acquisitions, in a release.
Gravitas Ventures acquires ape doc The Center for North America
Indie distributor Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired the North American rights to the award-winning wildlife documentary The Center: Gibbons and Guardians, and will release the film on TVOD/Digital platforms and on Blu-Ray/DVD in the region on Sept. 21.
The film follows the Gibbon Conservation Center, a remote non-profit wildlife center in the California desert, telling the stories of the endangered gibbons as well as the people who care for them. It features interviews with the women who champion the apes, including Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, and center director Gabriella Skollar.
The Center: Gibbons and Guardians was directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Alex M. Azmi (To Climb a Gold Mountain, the upcoming Man and Machine) and produced by Michael Thau, Gabriella Skollar and Dan Watt, and executive produced by Azmi. Ilyssa Goodman and Deborah Gilels of LA Media Consultants negotiated on behalf of the filmmaking team directly with David Sullivan, Gravitas Ventures’ sales and acquisitions manager.
“Azmi’s film is a fascinating and oftentimes hilarious look into not only the surprisingly humanlike lives of the gibbons, but the inspiring men and women who have dedicated themselves to studying and preserving the species. We can’t wait to release this film and get it out into the world,” Sullivan said in a news release.