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OTF to shop Terra Mater shows

ZDF Enterprises-owned producer and distributor Off The Fence (OTF) has agreed a multi-year deal that will see it sell programming from Terra Mater Factual Studios (TMFS).

Ellen Windemuth

Shows from TMFS, the content-focused subsidiary of drinks giant Red Bull, will be sold around the world by OTF, which was acquired by ZDFE earlier this year.

TMFS’s present and future TV catalogue is included in the deal, with programming set to be available via OTF at MipTV in Cannes next month.

Factual programming includes Whale Wisdom, fronted by award-winning director Rick Rosenthal, Borneo – Earth’s Ancient Isle and The Sun – Inferno in the Sky, showing latest developments in solar research.

TMFS was launched in 2011 and has more than 180 hours of factual programming, with shows including feature doc The Ivory Game, which was shortlisted for an Oscar.

Walter Köhler, CEO of TMFS, said: “If you bundle a 25-year-old distributor and a nearly 10-year-old production company with a team working in the market since another 25 years, you get a unique power pack full of experience, knowledge and dedication.”

Köhler added that the deal would “strengthen our business in the specialist factual TV market together, which is the next logical step in our development.”

Ellen Windemuth, CEO of OTF, said: “This collaborative bond and the high and consistent quality of TMFS’s output, paired with our commitment to offer the best service in the business, constitute a watershed.”

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