Off the Fence backs first ITN Productions and ITN Source collaboration with Top Tens of Warfare seri

Sep 21, 2015

Distributor Off the Fence has funded a new ten part series called Top Tens of Warfare to be made in collaboration by two separate businesses within ITN.

The programmes will be the first time that ITN Productions, ITN’s in-house production unit, and ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, have worked together on a project to produce a programme series.

The 10x60min series, to be sold globally, will bring the stories of war as seen through archive footage straight from the battlefield. It aims to identify and rank the most influential, and most iconic features of war, examining how technological advances have changed warfare from the First World War to modern-day conflicts.

Each programme covers a theme, such as ‘Battles’, ‘Leaders’, ‘Inventions’ or ‘Aircraft’. The series will look at modern warfare including battles such as the Somme and Stalingrad. Major war leaders will also be examined such as Mao, Churchill and Roosevelt. World-leading experts will contribute to each episode to provide vital commentary, context and analysis.

Ian Russell, ITN Productions head of international programming, said: “We will profile the iconic technologies of war, from the legendary Spitfire fighter to the Stealth Bombers of the second Iraq conflict - revealing war’s greatest heroes and villains, its leaders and tyrants, the most epic battles, the most powerful weapons and the military inventions which went on to change the way we live.”

Simon Wood, ITN Source UK Head of Sales, said: “This is a unique collaboration for ITN Source and shows what can be achieved when archive, producer and distributor pull together in the same direction both creatively and economically – in an era of fixed-rig and reality TV, its exciting to know that large scale, archive led pieces seem to be coming back into favour and finding a market, and we are looking forward to developing a slate of projects like this in future.”

Mark Dee-Shapland, VP of Sales & Co-Productions at Off The Fence: “ITN Source has an incredible archive of material from the last 100 years of history put to film. In our discussions with ITN Productions it became clear that they were the perfect partner for us to create series tailored to the requirements of our international clients. We are excited at the prospect of further collaboration between Off The Fence and ITN.”

The programme is the result of an ITN initiative to create cross-collaboration between the production and archive businesses. The model enables distributors to test the market while distributor, production company and archive business share in the profits once the cost of making the series is covered.

Top Tens Of Warfare is supported by the ITN Source archive, a world leading resource of over 1 million hours of footage. It incorporates 20 major picture archives, ranging from the contemporary such as ITN, ITV, Reuters and Fox News to the historic such as British Paramount and Fox Movietone. It also includes stills images from Rex Features which are incorporated into the programme.

Press contact: Laura Roberts, ITN Head of Press +44 (0)20 7430 4825

About Off the Fence

Off the Fence is the leading global non-fiction content company of global scale and reach, producing and distributing exceptional programming.
Our independent spirit and personal approach enables us the flexibility and dynamism to deliver the best for our partners. We bring a bespoke and commercially-savvy approach to our global business and have a deep understanding of local markets.

Off the Fence Distribution acquires, sells and deliverspremier non-fiction programming, representing independent producers and key broadcastpartners. Our catalogue now stands at over 6000 hours of diverse content across Lifestyle,  Wildlife, Travel & Adventure, People & Culture, Science & Technology and History genres.  We pride ourselves on our long-term partnerships and have exclusive distribution arrangements with Smithsonian Channel, WEtv, IFC Films, and Nuvo TV.
Off the Fence Productions makes award-winning programming and films that give a fresh perspective on human stories, and celebrate and explore the natural world around us. We have created over 400 hours of content for broadcasters including MTV, BBC, Channel 4, MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery and The Weather Channel. The creative team has been recognised by more than 80 awards, including Royal Television Society, Emmy, Golden Panda and Grand Teton.
Over the past 20 years Off the fence has grown from its roots in Amsterdam and has become a global operation with presence in the UK (London, Bristol), USA (Los Angeles, New York), South Africa (Cape Town) and Germany (Mainz).

Off the Fence is a Realscreen 100 company, and Off the Fence Productions ranked no.5 in the Top 30 True Indies in the 2014 Broadcast Indie Survey, and took the no.1 position in the top producers of ‘Popular Factual’, as well as no.8 in the Top True Independents, 2014 Televisual Indie Survey.

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s bespoke production hub producing creative and commercially valuable content for the broadcast, corporate, commercial, and digital sectors. Clients include major UK and international broadcasters such as ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Smithsonian, A+E, History and Discovery. International commissions include Discovery series Killer Instinct by Chris Hansen, Campus Killer Santa Barbara for A & E US & C4, Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave for Smithsonian and The disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 for over 20 international broadcasters. UK commissions include political panel show The Agenda on ITV, Harrow – A Very British School on Sky1, Young Vets on BBC2, Paul Connolly Investigates for Channel 5, and a contract to produce Dispatches for Channel 4.

About ITN Source
ITN Source is the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN.  ITN Source syndicates on-the-day and archive content to a global customer base. Its content spans multiple genres including news, drama, celebrity, environment, music, comedy, wildlife, natural history and film. ITN Source represents archive footage from ITN, Reuters, ITV Studios, Fox News, Fox Movietone and ANI, amongst many others. ITN Source has offices in London, New York, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo as well as numerous agents across the globe.

More information can be found at