TBI Weekly: What next at Red Arrow owner ProSieben?

It has been quite a week in the world of German TV. While much of the industry has been attempting to deal with the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the country’s biggest commercial broadcasters has just performed an apparent about-turn on strategy and seen its CEO depart. Max Conze’s exit from ProSiebenSat.1 last […]

ProSieben to host fast turnaround ‘Living Room Festival’

Germany’s ProSieben has commissioned its sibling prodco Redseven Entertainment to produce a new quick-turnarond live music special. The Great ProSieben Living Room Festival (aka Das Große ProSieben Wohnzimmer-Festival) to be produced by Red Arrow Studios-owned Redseven, will air Friday, 27 March, at 20.15CET and has been billed as one of the largest “living room festivals” […]

ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze to depart with immediate effect

Max Conze is to step down as CEO at German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 immediately, with the media giant set to re-focus its efforts on Red Arrow Studios, entertainment programming and expanding its on demand offerings. Conze joined from Dyson in 2018 to replace Thomas Ebeling but his tenure has been more recently associated with a tumbling […]

Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

Pay TV in Russia, Turkey, Africa adapt to Covid-19 with free channel offers

Pay TV operators around the world have launched a range of free windows to audiences who have been placed into lockdown. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country until the end of April. Non-subscribers will have access to 190 TV […]

ProSiebenSat.1 doubles down on comedy amid Covid-19 lockdown

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has launched two fast turnaround comedy series – an interactive show from Banijay’s Brainpool TV and Quarantine Comedy Conference from Constantin Entertainment. Luke, Alone at Home is a live show that uses a camera rig to capture comedian Luke Mockridge as he stays at home with the nation. It’s being produced in […]

Exclusive: ProSieben pulls out of Red Arrow Studios sale amid ‘Coronavirus crisis’

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 has pulled the potential sale of production and distribution arm Red Arrow Studios amid what it has termed a “Coronavirus crisis environment”, TBI has learned. The German company triggered a strategic review of Red Arrow in September, prompting a number of companies including Sony Pictures Television, AMC and All3Media to take […]

Red Arrow’s Studio71 hires US sales chief

Red Arrow’s Studio71 has hired Kristin Mason to oversee its US sales operation. Mason becomes SVP and head of US sales at the Red Arrow Studios-owned producer, which has recently been behind the third season of Facebook’s The Real Bros Of Simi Valley and Adulting With Emma Chamberlain for Snapchat. She will be based in […]

ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment co-CEO steps down

The co-CEO of ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment division has revealed she is to step down from her position at the German broadcaster after just a year in the role. Michaela Tod joined ProSieben in February last year following a management revamp under CEO Max Conze that saw its entertainment arm split off as a standalone company. Tod […]

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