Carsten Schmidt


Sky Deutschland names new CEO

Sky Deutschland’s Carsten Schmidt has announced his resignation from the role of CEO and will step down at the end of 2019 to be replaced by Devesh Raj. Schmidt, who will retain an advisory role at the Comcast-owned operator, has been with the business for over 20 years and served as CEO for just shy […]

Deutsche Telekom has funds for scripted originals

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom is planning to invest in original scripted content from next year and has set funds aside for the project, according to Niek Jan van Damme, managing director of the telco’s domestic arm, Telekom Deutschland. Speaking on the opening panel yesterday at the ANGA COM broadband-meets-content confab in Cologne, Germany, Van Damme (pictured) […]

Germany tipped for pay TV growth

Pay TV and paid video-on-demand revenues in Europe’s German-speaking countries is forecast to pass the €3 billion (US$3.3 billion) threshold this year, according to German commercial broadcasters’ association the VPRT. According to the organisation, pay TV and paid VOD revenues grew by 12% in Germany last year to reach €2.5 billion, while revenues across Germany, […]

Sky, Bavaria prepare €25m Das Boot drama

Sky’s German arm is working on an €25 million (US$28.4 million) 8x60mins TV version of the influential movie Das Boot. The project, Das Boot – the Series, is being billed as a sequel to the 1981 movie, picking up on events that occur in the film, and has German producer Bavaria Film attached to produce. […]

Brian Sullivan exiting Sky Deutschland

Brian Sullivan will step down as CEO of Sky’s German arm on June 24 to return to the US. Sky Deutschland’s supervisory board has named Carsten Schmidt, currently the pay TV operator’s chief officer for sports, advertising sales and the internet, as his successor. Schmidt will take on the new position of deputy CEO immediately and […]