Smithsonian Networks(TM) Pacts With Off the Fence for International Distribution

    WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Smithsonian Networks has launched
 an international distribution arrangement with leading indie producer and
 distributor Off the Fence to represent their catalogue of High Definition
 programming in all international territories excluding North America.
 
     Off the Fence will also be collaborating with the Smithsonian Networks
 on packaging co-productions for future Smithsonian Networks projects.
 
     The deal covers 50 titles including "Stories from the Vaults", "Sound
 Revolution: The Electric Guitar", "Ghost Cat: Saving the Clouded Leopard"
 and "Hunt for the Double Eagle". The catalogue will be presented by Off the
 Fence at MIP in Cannes in April.
 
     The Smithsonian Channel(TM) is distributed in the United States by
 satellite, cable and telecom companies. Its award winning programming
 features innovative and groundbreaking non-fiction programs in categories
 including: history, pop culture, art, natural history, children's
 programming, science, aviation and space exploration.
 
     In commenting on the deal, Ellen Windemuth, Managing Director and
 founder of Off the Fence says: "Smithsonian Networks has launched one of
 the most exciting new HD channels and has built a reputation for
 outstanding visual storytelling. They have an excellent reputation for high
 quality content and commitment to the arts, science, history and culture
 genres. With our vast experience in distribution, we look forward to
 furthering their success and building their value in the international
 market".
 
     "We have chosen a distributor with a stellar track record in the global
 marketplace. We are delighted that Off the Fence is going to represent our
 fast growing catalogue. We have already forged strong relationships with
 many of the best-known international co-producers, and believe that our
 programming will appeal to broadcasters worldwide," said Tom Hayden,
 Executive Vice President and General Manager, Smithsonian Networks.
 
     ABOUT SMITHSONIAN NETWORKS:
 
     Smithsonian Networks (SN) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks
 Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. It was formed to create new channels
 to showcase scientific, cultural and historical programming based largely
 upon the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum
 complex. Smithsonian Channel features original documentaries, short-subject
 explorations and innovative and groundbreaking programs highlighting
 America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Visit Smithsonian
 Networks on the internet at www.smithsonianchannel.com
 
     Off the Fence:
 
     Established in 1994, Off the Fence is an independent production and
 distribution company specialising in non-fiction programming for the
 international marketplace.
 
     Off the Fence creates and markets programming with a focus on high
 quality, integrity and innovation. The OTF catalogue contains over 1200
 hours of natural history, science, health, adventure, history and social
 documentaries.
 
     In addition to this, they develop, finance, produce and co-produce
 international non-fiction programmes, resulting in over 200 hours of
 produced and co-produced programmes in the past four years. As well as
 developing films in house, OTF work hands-on with established production
 companies and talented newcomers to create internationally marketable
 specials and series.
 
     March 2005 saw the launch of OTF's UK production outfit based in
 Bristol, home to many of the world's best production talent. Production
 offices were also recently opened in Cape Town and Singapore, as an
 increasing part of the company's co-production output is created by
 production companies and independent filmmakers in these regions.
 
     The company co-produces with broadcasters such as Animal Planet,
 National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Voom, NHK, France 5, France 3, Arte,
 Canal Plus, BR, ZDF and NDR.
 
 
Press contacts: Smithsonian Networks Stuart Zakim Stuart.zakim@showtime.net 212-708-1590 Franklin Rae Communications +44 (0) 20 7317 5400 Teresa Hunt teresa@franklinrae.com Richard Ware richard@franklinrae.com Belinda Thomas belinda@franklinrae.com

SOURCE Smithsonian Networks
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