My highlight for MIPDoc 2019 was moderating the panel with ZDF Enterprises’ Ralf Rueckauer and Off The Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth.
- The topic was ZDF-E’s acquisition of OTF, the leading independent factual distributor.
- OTF also celebrated its 25th anniversary at Cannes.
We explored the parties’ motivations for the acquisition at this time of great change in the production / distribution business model.
A surprise guest was Walter Kohler (centre above), who joined us to announce that Off The Fence had agreed to distribute Terra Mater’s superb wildlife catalog.
- My podcast with Ellen Windemuth.
- She tells how she formed her company… in her basement.
- And reflects on the challenges faced by women in the television business, then and now.
- ZDF Enterprises’ MIPTV catalog, featuring a beautiful hummingbird documentary.
- Who said birds don’t sell?
- ZDF-E’s Christine Denilauler and MIPDoc’s Amandine Cassi produced a ripping panel.