Chow on Fence for Singapore post


SINGAPORE -- Tony Chow, head of Singapore's Association of Independent Television Production Companies, has been tapped to run the new Singapore office of European production and distribution house Off the Fence.

The announcement, made Wednesday by Off the Fence managing director Ellen Windemuth, comes ahead of at least three new Asian co-productions the company plans to announce at MIPCOM next month.

"Asia is burgeoning with enthusiasm and stories. The region is underexploited and there is an opportunity to create non-fiction stories that suit international broadcast but are inherently Asian," Windemuth said.

Off the Fence's Asian credentials include "Guge: Lost Kingdom of Tibet" and it is currently working with Singapore-based producer Keiko Bang on "Sinking the Supership," about WWII Japanese battleship Yamato.

The company also has teamed with Singapore's the Right Angle on a 12-film China series, developed by Right Angle with China state-owned broadcaster CCTV.

Chow's role as director will cover Off the Fence's strategic development in the region, including production and co-production, Windemuth said.

Earlier this year, Off the Fence opened an office in Cape Town, South Africa. The company has been developing content in Africa in conjunction with local producers since 1993.