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MTG’s Zoomin expands German operations

MTG-backed MCN Zoomin TV is expanding in Germany, appointing Cengiz Kurt its new country manager. Kurt is the former CEO of video marketing business Clipkit and brings a 13-strong team from that business to Zoomin. Zoomin said today it wants to double revenues from Germany this year, working with traditional broadcasters in Germany including RTL […]

ProSieben boss reveals exit plan

Thomas Ebeling will leave ProSiebenSat.1 at the end of his current deal. The chief of the German broadcast giant told a local magazine he plans to step down when his current contract expires in 2019, and the company confirmed the news to TBI today. His deal runs until end-June 2019, by which point Ebeling will […]

Maxdome SVOD nears 900k subs

ProSiebenSat.1’s subscription video-on-demand service Maxdome grew its subscriber base by 48% in the year to September and now has close to 900,000 subscribers, according to ProSiebenSat.1 chief financial officer Christof Wahl. Wahl, speaking on an analyst call after ProSiebenSat.1 posted solid Q3 results at the end of last week, said that the service had seen […]

ProSieben buys into online dating

German broadcast giant ProSieben has taken control of online dating business Parship Elite and will add it to its portfolio of digital businesses. ProSieben bought Parship, which operates the Parship and ElitePartner brands, from its private equity owners for €100 million (US$111.7 million). The company has been aggressively reorganising and expanding its digital business and […]

ProSieben strikes OTT deal with Zattoo

Switzerland-based linear and on-demand OTT TV service Zattoo has struck a deal with ProSiebenSat.1 to include an extended range of content from the German broadcaster in its offering. In addition to its existing offering of six linear channels from the commercial broadcaster, Zattoo will now provide a wide number of titles on demand as well […]

Germany to visit The Island

German broadcaster ProSieben has ordered its own version of survivalist format The Island. Endemol Shine Germany will produce the show, with filming beginning this summer, ahead of broadcast on the free-to-air channel. The format originated in the UK, where Endemol Shine Group’s Shine TV and Bear Grylls Ventures produced it for Channel 4. There have […]

Axel Springer: ‘ProSieben merger speculation unfounded’

German publisher Axel Springer said that speculation it could relinquish control over its business was “completely unfounded” after the Wall Street Journal reported it is in merger talks with ProSiebenSat.1 The WSJ reported yesterday that the German broadcaster and publishing companies are in early stage talks about merging their businesses – in a move that […]

Popstars makes a German comeback

RTL II has ordered a local version of Popstars, one of the first wave of pop reality competition shows. The show originally went out on RTL2 in 2000 and ran for two seasons and the German free-to-air broadcaster has now brought it back. The German show will be produced by Banijay-owned prodco Brainpool and the […]

German’s n-tv enters Battle Factory

German channel n-tv has bought Yap Films-produced military gear series Battle Factory from distributor Cineflix Rights. The 14x30mins series (pictured) looks into the world of military and frontline gear factories. It will be joined on the n-tv schedule by 1x60mins Waddell Media special Hitler the Junkie. Meanwhile, Cineflix has sold WWII’s Greatest Raids to N24, […]

Broadcasters buy controversial marriage format

A raft of broadcasters have acquired the US version of Married at First Sight, the controversial reality TV format in which total strangers are matched up by a team of experts and then wed upon their first meeting. The couples then live together for six weeks before deciding whether to remain married or go their […]