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Off the Fence hires trio of int’l executives for sales and coproductions

ZDF Studios-owned factual-specialist producer and distributor Off the Fence (OTF) has bolstered its senior management with three new hires in the sales and coproduction teams.

Miriam Hossbach

Miriam Hossbach joins the distributor in the newly created position of director of coproduction and sales for German-speaking territories.

Emmanuel Grinda takes on the role of sales manager for French-speaking territories, the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and Africa.

Emilia Gil Villegas, meanwhile, has been appointed as sales executive for Iberia, Latin America and Hispanic US.

Hossbach joins OTF from Sky Deutschland, where she worked her way up from junior VoD scheduling manager to head of factual channels.

Emmanuel Grinda

At OTF, she is tasked with seeking new coproduction opportunities in the German-speaking territories, building up the firm’s network of independent producer partners and driving sales in her core markets.

In his new role at OTF, Grinda is responsible for content licensing, and developing and nurturing client relationships across French-speaking territories, the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and Africa. He comes to OTF from NENT Studios, where he handled sales of finished programmes and formats into Asia, Turkey and Iberia.

Emilia Gil Villegas

Villegas previously worked in journalism, advertising and communications before starting a career in the television industry.

Stefanie Fischer, OTF’s managing director of sales, said: “OTF has always been global in its outlook — now, with Miriam, Emmanuel and Emilia on board, we have a truly international team, with the skills, experience and languages to super-serve our clients wherever they may be.

“Over the last few years, Germany has developed into one of our biggest and most vibrant markets. In Miriam, we’ve found the perfect person to unlock its full creative and commercial potential.”


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