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Endemol Shine Germany appoints Turtle’s Kastner as CEO

Turtle Entertainment’s Magnus Kastner has been appointed as chief executive officer for Endemol Shine Germany.

Kastner joins the company next month and will report to Boudewijn Beusmans, chairman of Northern Europe at Endemol Shine.

The company will continue to be led in the interim by Rainer Laux, director of reality and documentary, Ute Marz, CFO, and Gabi Abegg, head of strategic development.

Kastner has 25 years experience in the TV industry having formerly worked with eSports company Turtle Entertainment where he served as chief executive. Prior to this Kastner has held varied roles at Viacom International Media Networks, Discovery Networks Deutschland and Discovery Networks.

He said: “Endemol Shine Germany are an amazing company, brilliant, creative and prolific with an unparalled track record in both creating original IP and adapting IP across multiple genres. I am very much looking forward to working with the team and collaborating with new colleagues around the global Endemol Shine Group to build on this success.”

Sophie Turner Laing, CEO at Endemol Shine Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Magnus to Endemol Shine. His experience and outlook make him an excellent addition both to the German team and our international network of leaders around the Group.”

Endemol Shine Germany’s current slate includes entertainment format Big Bounce Battle, along with international travelling formats Kitchen Impossible and Big Box, Little Box.