Guillaume de Posch

Fremantle CEO Frot-Coutaz exiting for YouTube

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA. Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor. Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work all […]

RTL’s de Posch exiting as Habets becomes sole CEO

Guillaume de Posch is stepping down from his role as co-CEO of RTL Group, leaving Bert Habets as the pan-European broadcast group’s sole chief executive. De Posch (pictured right), who will step down on January 1, will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s Board of Directors. Habets (below left), who was […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia. RTL’s domestic German and French broadcasting operations posted decent returns, but overall EBITDA was pushed down by the phased out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the […]

American Idol absence dampens solid RTL results

The presence of American Idol on Fox in the US in the first quarter last year cast an unflattering light on RTL Group’s comparative performance for the first three months of 2017, with revenue down 1.9% and EBITDA down 8.3%. Excluding the American Idol effect, RTL’s Q1 revenue was up 4%, in line with guidance, […]

M6 groups broadcasting assets after RTL deal

M6 Group is to acquire the French radio assets of RTL Group as part of a move by the pan-European broadcast giant to pool its French broadcasting activities in one company. RTL is M6 Group’s principal shareholder, with a 48.26% stake. Under the terms of the deal, M6 plans to acquire 100% ownership of RTL […]

CEE/Asia shake-up at RTL

Luxembourg-based broadcast group RTL has named Andreas Fischer (left) senior VP business development and regional operations in central and eastern Europe and Asia. He succeeds Andreas Rudas, whose contract is up, though he will continue to consult on RTL Hungary and be vice chairman of the board of the Hungarian operation. The outgoing Rudas (right) […]

Broadcast, Fremantle drive strong RTL results

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in the first quarter of 2016, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, Bertelsmann-owned RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, […]

RTL looks to digital to compete with US rivals

RTL must continue to grow its digital business and look to global scale as it faces competition from the likes of YouTube and Facebook, according to the German broadcast group’s co-CEO. Delivering a keynote at MIPTV yesterday in Cannes, Guillaume de Posch said that while RTL was originally geared towards local tastes in specific European […]

RTL: ‘owning content is key to growth’

RTL has reported a full-year uptick in profit and revenue as the company’s German operation posted solid growth. Management said producing content and owning rights will be key to further growth, while existing content division FremantleMedia reported an increase in full-year 2015 revenue, but a sharp decline in EBIDTA profit. Broadcast and content giant RTL […]

RTL’s De Posch confirmed for MIPTV

RTL boss Guillaume de Posch will give a keynote address at MIPTV about how the pan-European TV group has embraced digital. The keynote is dubbed ‘TV= total video’ and takes place on the Monday of the market (April 4). The RTL chief joins other confirmed MIP speakers including author Harlan Coben, who has made The […]