US streamers pick up over 700 hours of Off The Fence premium factual content

The Roku Channel, VIZIO and Xumo has acquired history, crime, wildlife, nature, science and conservation programmes that will be available in North America, the UK and Mexico.

6 MAR 2024

"More Than Gold"

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Off The Fence (OTF) has sealed multi-genre package deals totalling more than 700 hours of programming with US-based streaming platforms The Roku Channel, VIZIO and Xumo. Under the three deals, many of OTF’s most popular history, crime, wildlife, nature, science and conservation programmes will become available on The Roku Channel, VIZIO’s and Xumo’s streaming services in the US, the UK and Canada, with dual English/Spanish-language content becoming available in Mexico and the US.

Oliver Taprogge, OTF director of digital sales said: “Many streaming platforms are now reaching maturity, confronting the challenge of balancing budgets with securing the calibre of content that will not only keep subscribers happy but keep them in the fold. That represents a massive opportunity for a company with a back catalogue of the quality, depth and diversity of OTF’s. From the origin stories of first-nation people to female sporting legends, from saving gorillas from extinction to the planet-wide challenge of sustainability, there is a clear appetite for brave and thoughtful shows that enlighten while they entertain.”

Highlights from The Roku Channel package include the Eight Production/New Zealand Film Commission’s feature-length doc "More Than Gold", which tells the inspirational story of Tongan/New Zealander shot-put superstar Dame Valerie Adams; Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion’s "A Century of Sex Education" (2x60' or 1x90'), which tracks 100 years of social change through the lens of sex education; and "Telling our Story" (4x60 mins), in which 11 First Peoples from communities across eastern Canada share their stories, struggles, victories and hopes. Also included in the package is Good Thing Productions’ 60-minute doc "Greenhouse by Joost", presented by Dutch sustainability expert Joost Bakker, which chronicles the conception, planning and construction of a property that addresses three of the most urgent issues of the 21st century: affordable housing, sustainability and food security.

Under the deal with VIZIO, OTF programming is headed for the US platform’s WatchFree+ (FAST and A-VOD) free streaming service. Included in the package are "Auschwitz in 33 Objects" (4x60'), produced by Polish indie Inbornmedia with Polsat Television and Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. Other highlights include Spiegel TV’s "Hawaii: Paradise in the Pacific" (2x60'), which goes beyond the cliches of Hawaiian culture to reveal the essence of the ‘islands of happiness’ at the end of the world, as expressed by their inhabitants’ traditions, craftsmanship and ancient arts. Two popular Rusty Cage series aimed at armchair travellers are also included in the deal: "My Greek Odyssey"; and "The Travel Bug".

Headlining the Xumo package, which focused exclusively on OTF’s nature and wildlife content, were two territory premieres: "Butterflies: Superheroes of Nature" and "Nature’s Ultimate Survivors."