meet the teams

OTF senior management

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Bo Stehmeier
Managing Director, Distribution
bo@offthefence.com

Bo is CEO of Off the Fence. Bo’s professional journey started in the UK with BA degrees in media production, finance and distribution, then to Rome...

Bo is CEO of Off the Fence. Bo’s professional journey started in the UK with BA degrees in media production, finance and distribution, then to Rome for an MBA in film and on to London for a job in content sales for factual specialist TVF International and prolific UK producer Optomen. For the next 15 years his upward progress eventually led him to Red Arrow Studios International, where he served as president of Germany’s €500m multi-genre production and distribution giant. That kept him busy until 2020, when he was enticed to Amsterdam to head up Off the Fence (OTF) — returning to run a company at which he had worked as a MD of distribution in a previous incarnation. His love for all things visual, enchantment with the natural world and his intrigue with the Nordic mystical cultures has inspired him to write two books — Wake Up! Rise & Shine and Borealis — “to help adults reconnect with their true self and prevent little people from losing the innate knowledge we are all born with”.

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Karen Meehan
COO
karen@offthefence.com

Karen joined Off the Fence in March 2007, having worked in television since 1992 for Partridge Films/United Wildlife/Granada Wild. She has worked on a...

Karen joined Off the Fence in March 2007, having worked in television since 1992 for Partridge Films/United Wildlife/Granada Wild. She has worked on a wide range of natural history and factual programmes for a variety of broadcasters including ITV, National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, BBC, Channel 4, the History Channel & MTV. Karen is based in our Bristol office and as our COO oversees all operational aspects of Off the Fence.

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Sales Team

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Stefanie Fischer
Managing Director Sales
stefanie.fischer@offthefence.com

Stefanie looks after sales to the...

Stefanie looks after sales to the US, German-speaking world & Pan global deals and joined OTF in 2019. After graduating in international business and management from The Hague University she started her career in TV sales at ZDF enterprises where she was responsible for content sales into English speaking territories, Iberia, Latin America, the Nordics and global/multi-territory deals for all genres - kids, drama and factual. She also worked at Sony Pictures and ProSieben.Sat1 where she looked after the German speaking territories. In her previous role at WDR mediagroup she headed and built up a new department responsible for international sales and co-productions with a focus on kids content. She is a native German speaker, fluent in English and Dutch and has a good understanding of French and Spanish.

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Oliver Taprogge
Director Digital Sales
oliver.taprogge@offthefence.com

Oliver looks after Global Digital...

Oliver looks after Global Digital Distribution & Digital Partnerships at Off the Fence and joined in September 2020. He has over 18 years experience in the entertainment industry and brings with him a well-rounded understanding of the industry having worked on the broadcast, platform and digital side of the business in both sales and acquisitions. On the acquisition side he has partnered with broadcasters, On Demand Platforms, Major and Independent film studios. On the sales side, he has worked for E! Networks, AMC International, BBC Worldwide and on the platform side for Unitymedia. He is currently also heading up the Distribution for The WaterBear Network.

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Jia Zhao
Director Co-Production & Sales Asia
jia.zhao@offthefence.com

Jia is responsible for sales,...

Jia is responsible for sales, co-financing & co-productions in Asia, along with the responsibility of distribution of the Waterbear Network in China. Jia studied life sciences in China, Japan, and the Netherlands, as well as visual arts at the Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Alongside her work with Off the Fence, Jia is also a critically-acclaimed producer and the founder of MUYI FILM and SILK ROAD FILM SALON, where she works with European and Asian producers/directors and focuses on film productions with intercultural themes and international potential. Jia speaks fluently Chinese, Japanese, English, and Dutch.

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Miriam Hossbach
Director Coproduction & Sales, German Speaking
miriam.hossbach@offthefence.com

Miriam looks after sales and...

Miriam looks after sales and Co-Production in the German-speaking territories, she joined OTF in May 2022. She graduated with a master's degree in Historical Studies at The University of Konstanz. Miriam joined the media business as a Trainee with A+E Networks in Munich. Afterwards she joined Sky Germany as an program scheduler and continued to work for the company in different roles. In her previous job at Sky she headed and built up a new channel-department that was responsible for the launch of new channels with factual content. She is a native German speaker and fluent in English.

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Monica van den Bergh - Spulber
Sales Manager
monica.spulber@offthefence.com

Monica looks after sales to Central...

Monica looks after sales to Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux, Russia & CIS, Israel, the Italian speaking world and Australia and New Zealand. A Romanian native, Monica graduated with a Master's degree in Entrepreneurship and Management in the Creative Industries from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Following her studies, Monica joined the Off the Fence sales team in early 2015.

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Emmanuel Grinda
Sales Manager
emmanuel.grinda@offthefence.com

Emmanuel looks after sales to the...

Emmanuel looks after sales to the UK, EIRE, French speaking territories, MENA & Africa and joined OTF in April 2022. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and working in different jobs within the media industry, he started his career in TV sales at NENT Studios UK (previously Digital Rights Group), where he was responsible for finished program & format sales into Asia. As a Franco/Australian, he is a native speaker in both French and English and also has a good understanding of Spanish.

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Klara van Doorn
Sales Executive
klara.vandoorn@offthefence.com

Klara looks after footage &...

Klara looks after footage & educational deals while assisting with sales to the German-speaking world. She graduated with a BA degree in Middle-Eastern Studies and Russian language from the University of Amsterdam. Before joining OTF, Klara completed an internship at a Prague based think-tank on European Values. Klara is from the Czech Republic and is fluent in Dutch and English, with a good understanding of German and Russian.

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Iryna Romanchuk
Sales Executive
iryna.romanchuk@offthefence.com

Iryna assists with the company's...

Iryna assists with the company's global digital distribution and sales to Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia & CIS, Israel the United States and Pan Global deals. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and started her career as Research Analyst in Ukraine. Before moving to Amsterdam, Iryna worked for a software development company, where she was responsible for Business Development and Market Analysis. Iryna is native Ukrainian and Russian speaker and also fluent in English.

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Emilia Gil Villegas
Sales Executive
emilia.gilvillegas@offthefence.com

Emilia looks after sales to Iberia,...

Emilia looks after sales to Iberia, LatAm and Hispanic US and joined OTF in April 2022. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in Social Communication, Emilia began to work in the field of Journalism, Advertising and making some collaborations in the area of Institutional Communication, Photography and Gastronomy. She has lived in the Netherlands since 2014, and has undertaken various language courses, Photography, Yoga, Sommelier, among others. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and Italian, with a good understanding of Dutch.

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Lorenzo Fuga
Sales Coordinator
lorenzo.fuga@offthefence.com

Lorenzo assists with the company's...

Lorenzo assists with the company's sales to the Italian speaking world, Scandinavia, Benelux, the Baltics and Eastern Europe, and joined OTF in April 2022. After graduating in Business & Management he worked in the movie industry as a Distribution Intern and Junior Marketing Assistant for a distribution company. He then moved into the world of production, working as an executive producer for a local production company, dealing with short movies and musical video clips. He recently obtained a Master Degree in Cinema and Television Production and Distribution Management. Lorenzo is a native Italian speaker, hailing from Rome, but also speaks fluent English and French. He's passionate about skiing, and this passion has enabled him to become a ski instructor.

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Jane Yao
Sales Executive
jane.r.yao@offthefence.com

Jane looks after Sales in Asia and...

Jane looks after Sales in Asia and inflight deals. She is originally from China and graduated with a B.A. degree from a university in the Netherlands. She did her internship in the USA and went back to Amsterdam in 2016. Before joining OTF, she worked at Fortissimo Films for the past five years, and she also produced several short and documentary films.

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Acquisitions & Marketing Team

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Loren Baxter
Head of Acquisitions
loren.baxter@offthefence.com

​Loren joined Off the Fence in 2015...

​Loren joined Off the Fence in 2015 and sources a wide range of factual content from producers in the USA and France. She is also responsible for the day-to-day management of Off the Fence's Acquisition and Marketing teams. Loren works closely with the producers to secure the best content for Off the Fence's international portfolio of broadcast and digital clients. Loren manages acquisitions across a range of different production milestones including those which are finished, in production or at early development, creating different international strategies for each programme. Before joining Off the Fence, Loren worked as a sales executive at Indigo Film and Television selling content across multiple genres to broadcasters around the world.

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Dylan Casella
Acquisitions Manager
dylan.casella@offthefence.com

Dylan joined Off The Fence’s London...

Dylan joined Off The Fence’s London office in 2020, and sources a wide range of factual content from producers in Australia/NZ, Canada, Europe (excluding France and Germany), Latin America, MENA, alongside supporting Loren, Head of Acquisitions. Dylan works closely with the producers to secure the best content for Off the Fence's international portfolio of broadcast and digital clients. Dylan manages acquisitions across a range of different production milestones including those which are finished, in production or at early development, creating different international strategies for each programme. Dylan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Science Communication before entering the world of TV production. During his time in production he worked with BBC Studios, Blast! Films, and a number of other indies before moving into distribution at Off The Fence.

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Isobel Kinnear
Acquisitions Executive
isobel.kinnear@offthefence.com

Isobel joined Off the Fence’s...

Isobel joined Off the Fence’s London office in 2021, and sources a wide range of factual content from producers in UK/Ireland, Germany and Asia, alongside supporting Loren and Dylan in Acquisitions and Jennifer in Marketing. Isobel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University before becoming a Development Researcher for factual and factual entertainment content until moving to Munich, Germany to work in Acquisitions at Red Arrow Studios International.

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Jennifer Kemp
Acquisitions EA & Marketing Manager
jennifer@offthefence.com

Jennifer manages all marketing...

Jennifer manages all marketing elements for Off the Fence and is also the Executive Assistant to the Acquisitions team. Jennifer joined Off the Fence in 2008 and is now based in the London office, but spent 8 years working in the Amsterdam office, starting as Ellen Windemuth’s PA and progressing to take on the marketing responsibilities and looking after the Acquisitions team.

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Business Affairs Team

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Imelda Wiebers
Director - Commercial & Business Affairs
imelda@offthefence.com

As Director - Commercial & Business...

As Director - Commercial & Business Affairs, Imelda manages the Legal & Business Affairs department which is responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating the distribution and sales license agreements between Off the Fence, broadcasters, and production companies worldwide. Additionally, she is responsible for streamlining all internal processes by improving and implementing best practice distribution methods, including interface between Sales, Acquisitions, Operations, Finance and Legal & Business Affairs. Imelda studied law at the VU University in Amsterdam and the University of Victoria, BC, Canada and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Dutch law, European and International law. Besides her native Dutch, Imelda is fluent in English, and has a good understanding of Spanish plus Portuguese.

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Gabriele Sanches Pereira
Business Affairs Assistant
gabriele.pereira@offthefence.com

Gabriele’s key responsibilities...

Gabriele’s key responsibilities include managing the company's monetization and Content ID-claims on YouTube. She also assists the Business Affairs team with drafting and negotiating the license agreements between Off the Fence and third-party broadcasters, producers and distributors. Gabriele studied law at FMU (Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas) University in São Paulo and holds a Bachelor's degree in law. She is a native Portuguese speaker and fluent in English, with a good understanding of Spanish.

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Finance Team

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Marcel Derksen
Director of Finance
marcel@offthefence.com

Marcel is the Director of...

Marcel is the Director of Finance. He is in charge of the ledger accounting for all Off the Fence offices worldwide, fiscal and commercial company reporting, producer reporting, financial management information, monetary transactions and cash flow planning. He is the contact person for accountants, auditors, banks and company tax & insurance matters worldwide.

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Menno Fennema
Finance Executive
menno@offthefence.com

Menno is part of Off the Fence's...

Menno is part of Off the Fence's Amsterdam-based Finance Department. He looks after all aspects of financial administration for the Off the Fence offices worldwide, including sales invoices and quarterly producer royalty reports. He also arranges all tax forms to broadcasters. Prior to joining Off the Fence in 2008, Menno worked for a large Amsterdam-based electronics manufacturer.

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Stacy Otten
Financial Consultant
stacy.otten@offthefence.com

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Media Services Team

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Sukhan Bains
Head of Media Services
sukhan@offthefence.com

Sukhan head up the new Media...

Sukhan head up the new Media Services department and joined Off the Fence at the end of 2013. Sukhan's responsibilities also include IT management. Sukhan came to Amsterdam from a background of Business studies & Sales work in London.

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Sam Neil
Director of Ingest
sam@offthefence.com

As Director of Ingest, Sam looks...

As Director of Ingest, Sam looks after the servicing of broadcast materials to broadcasters worldwide. He is responsible for the ingest of all acquired titles for distribution into the OTF catalogue and ensures the highest possible technical standard. Sam is Scottish and moved to the Netherlands in 1991. Before joining Off the Fence in 2003, Sam worked for Canal+ International Acquisition, then Myriad International.

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Edward Simao
Media Manager
edward.simao@offthefence.com

Edward works in operations and...

Edward works in operations and provides technical support for North America and Canada (English speaking), Benelux, Asia, Portugal, Spain, Latin America and the Middle East. Edward joined Off The Fence mid-2017 as an intern in the Operation department. Edward grew up in Portugal before moving to the U.K to complete his Bachelor's in Television and Video Production.

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Oliver Shortman
Media Manager
oliver.shortman@offthefence.com

Oliver oversees the delivery of...

Oliver oversees the delivery of broadcast and programme materials and ensures their availability in the company's database. He also manages the Foreign Language Ingest workflow. He joined OTF in 2021, having previously worked for broadcasters such as the BBC, AMC Networks, Red Bee Media & ViacomCBS.

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Daniel Murray
Media Manager
daniel.murray@offthefence.com

Daniel works in operations and...

Daniel works in operations and provides technical support for the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, Israel, Australia and New Zealand, as well as global Inflight, Footage & Educational deals. Daniel moved to Amsterdam from Ireland where he completed his bachelors in Digital Media and he has always had a passion for documentaries, particularly of the natural history variety.

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Alex Powell
Media Specialist
alex.powell@offthefence.com

Alex joined Media Services in May...

Alex joined Media Services in May 2021. He is responsible for ensuring content acquired by Off The Fence meets the technical standards required to sell to our customers around the globe. He brings with him post-production experience from working for high-end facilities in both London & Amsterdam. Alex is British and moved to the Netherlands in 2000. Before joining OTF Alex worked for companies that included Molinaire (London) and Liberty Global & AMC Networks International (Amsterdam).

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Production Team

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Andrew Zikking
Managing Director Production
azikking@offthefence.com

Andrew joined Off the Fence in 2010...

Andrew joined Off the Fence in 2010 as Series Producer for the incredibly successful Stan Lee's Superhumans.​ ​Since then he has gone on to oversee more than 50 hours of factual programming for OTF across the US market (History, H2, The Weather Channel) including three series of Stan Lee's Superhumans, Megafactories, Wildest Arctic, the award-winning Freaks Of Nature and has recently branched out into natural history and anthropology films. Andrew has over 15 years experience in the television industry, and has worked across a wide variety of genres for all UK broadcasters including BBC, ITV, and Sky. Andrew established his own production company in 2004, producing a number of high-rating, award-winning series, with strong global sales.

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Amy Freeman
Head of Production
amyfreeman@offthefence.com

Amy started her career at Granada...

Amy started her career at Granada TV in Bristol and later on at the BBC's Natural History Unit, working on projects such as 'The Nile' and 'Planet Earth'. As she moved into production management, she worked for a number of independent production companies working on a variety of drama reconstruction and factual documentaries for the BBC, Discovery, History Channel, C4 and most recently ITV's obs doc 'National Treasures' with Michael Buerk for RDF. Amy joined OTF at the beginning of 2014.

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Debbie Hinnigan
Head of Development
Debbie.Hinnigan@offthefence.com

Debbie joined Off the Fence in 2019...

Debbie joined Off the Fence in 2019 as an Executive Producer. She started her television career in BBC News and Current Affairs in London, but has since made programmes for all genres and most broadcasters. She currently oversees The BBC's One Show output for Off the Fence, co productions, and current series that are in production. Debbie now oversees all of development for Off the Fence Productions.

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Celine Ritchie
SVP of Development
celine@offthefence.com

Celine began her career at Cowboy...

Celine began her career at Cowboy Films in London, a producer of music videos, commercials and feature films before making the move to BBC Scotland where she worked for four years with the Head of Broadcast and the Commissioning Editor. In 2002 she moved to Granada Bristol, helping to develop, and produce both popular and specialist factual documentaries for US and UK terrestrial broadcasters. In October 2006 Celine joined the Off the Fence Bristol office and is SVP of Development.

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Darren New
Executive Producer
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Laura Coates
Executive Producer
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Luke Lovell
Executive Producer
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Paul Dennys
Edit Producer
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Ed Maddocks
Assistant Producer
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Amy Twomey
Production Manager
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Stuart Hoole
Production Manager
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Helen Hayns
Production Manager
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Rich Hyland
Production Manager
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Sarah Deacon
Production Manager
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Andrew Bray
Online Editor
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Jon Pembro
Colourist
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Ellie Larkin
Visual Effects
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Laura Jackson
Office Manager
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Vicki Lucas
HR Manager

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