Claude Schmit


Germany’s kids’ channels competition heats up

German children’s TV is set for its biggest shake-up in years, with the Disney Channel set to go free-TV – a move that places it in direct competition with Super RTL, the market leading family network that the Mouse House joint-owns. Jesse Whittock assesses the battle ahead. The pace of change in the German kids’ […]

Super RTL cuts staff ahead of Disney Channel launch

German family channel Super RTL is slashing its workforce by 15% – up to 20 jobs – in the face of expected competition from upcoming FTA rival Disney Channel. Super RTL’s CEO Claude Schmit told German newspaper Handelsblatt the corporate restructure was a “pre-emptive measure” due to “tougher” competition when Disney Channel replaces Das Vierte […]

RTL confirms DreamWorks output deal

Super RTL has officially announced its output deal with DreamWorks, giving it a raft of the animation studio’s titles. News of the agreement leaked at the recent LA Screenings and the German kids broadcaster confirmed it this morning. Super RTL is currently a joint venture between broadcaster RTL and Disney, but the latter is launching […]

Disney Channel launch prompts ESPN switch at Super RTL

Disney has replaced its representatives on German family network Super RTL’s board with the managing director of ESPN EMEA, as it prepares to launch its Disney Channel brand in the territory. TBI understands ESPN’s Ross Hair (below) has joined the Super RTL board to replace Giorgio Stock – who recently left Disney to join Turner […]