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Bo Stehmeier appointed new Co-CEO of Off the Fence B.V.

Off the Fence readies for growth

Mainz, May 13th, 2020

Bo Stehmeier will take on the role of CEO of Off the Fence B.V., in a joint capacity alongside the company founder Ellen Windemuth, as of January, 1st, 2021. This was announced today by Fred Burcksen, spokesperson for the management of ZDF Enterprises GmbH today.

The Off the Fence group of companies was founded in 1994 and produces and sells high-quality documentaries and series around the world. ZDF Enterprises GmbH acquired 100 % of the shares of Off the Fence B.V., a leading company from the Netherlands in the field of non-fictional content, in early 2019 and appointed Ralf Rückauer, VP ZDFE.unscripted at ZDF Enterprises, as its Co-CEO.

Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Off The Fence B.V., added: "We are very pleased to have been able to secure the services of Bo Stehmeier for this position. He is not only an internationally recognized and well-networked marketing and sales expert, but also someone who, from many years of previous experience with Off the Fence, knows the company and its range of programmes very well. Together with Ellen Windemuth and the committed, international sales and production team, he will guide Off the Fence safely into the future. We are also pleased that the temporary Co-CEO Ralf Rueckauer will now again be able to focus completely on his core work as VP ZDFE.unscripted at ZDF Enterprises, and we thank him very much for his excellent work at Off the Fence."

After completing his studies in media production and distribution at the universities of Lincoln, Salford and Bristol, Bo Stehmeier initially worked in purchasing and sales at TVF International, Zodiak Media and Optomen, before moving to Off the Fence in 2007, where he held various positions, and was most recently responsible for global sales. Bo Stehmeier was appointed to Head of World Sales at Red Arrow Studios International in 2016 and has been its President since January 2019.

Bo Stehmeier: „The OTF team has readied the company for exponential growth, perfectly timed  for the imminent renaissance of non-scripted. I am  truly excited to reconnect with my factual entertainment roots and to co-pilot this studio during such exciting times .“

Ellen Windemuth, CEO of Off the Fence B.V., comments: „"Bo and OTF share the same passion for high quality nonfiction. His vast experience will allow us to grow the company while supporting its values and spirit. I very much look forward to working with him again."


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group of 16 affiliated companies and subsidiaries, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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