Off the Fence Installs Co-CEO


ZDF Enterprises’ Ralf Rückauer, VP of ZDFE.unscripted, has been appointed as co-CEO of Off the Fence, a role he will share with Ellen Windemuth.

Earlier this year, ZDF Enterprises acquired the Netherlands-based nonfiction specialist. Windemuth, company founder, and Rückauer, who has been with ZDF Enterprises since 2003, will be working alongside each other as co-CEOs with immediate effect. Rückauer will continue in his ZDFE.unscripted duties as well.

ZDF Enterprises President and CEO Fred Burcksen said: “Ralf Rückauer is a proven expert in unscripted programming and has an excellent global network of long-standing industry contacts. He is the perfect person to represent ZDF Enterprises and work with the Off the Fence team to advance our collective cause.”

“Sharing the position of CEO with Ellen is a huge honor,” Rückauer added. “I am delighted about the trust that’s been placed in me and am looking forward to my new role. I have been working with Ellen Windemuth and Off the Fence for over 15 years. Now we’re jointly leading a very young and international sales and production team that couldn’t be better positioned.”