Speaker Ellen Windemuth

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Ellen Windemuth


WaterBear Network

Ellen is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to storytelling around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

WaterBear is already partnered with nearly 100 global NGO's and is currently available in 10 countries. Prior to founding WaterBear, Ellen was and still is CEO of Off the Fence, a global nonfiction production and distribution company based in Amsterdam.  Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced, and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content including their latest feature documentary My Octopus Teacher, a BAFTA and Oscar winning Netflix Original.

 Ellen is a seasoned Executive Producer, Impact Producer and Distributor and has produced over 500 hours to date. She is the Chairperson of the Jackson Hole Film Festival Board and an avid supporter of conservation, land regeneration and the mitigation of air pollution. Her experience in factual programming and feature documentaries is extensive in both production and distribution. Ellen was recently presented with Wildscreen’s Christopher Parson’s Outstanding Achievement Awards 2018. She has three children and a great passion for the outdoors.

Speaking on: Booming doc market: what’s next for high-end factual features and limited series?

At the Banff Media Festival, we met with Netflix and took a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the gondola. That’s where we made the pitch.
- Naveen Prasad, EVP and GM, Elevation Pictures


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