RTL Deutschland

RTL Deutschland names chief creative officer Stephan Schmitter as CEO

RTL Group has named Stephan Schmitter as CEO of RTL Deutschland, with a remit across its broadcast operations and streamer RTL+. Schmitter will retain his chief content officer responsibilities once he takes up his new role on 1 January 2024, which will be a year since former CEO Stephan Schafer stepped down after just 12 […]

News round-up: RTL Deutschland acquires Jamie Oliver rights; SkyShowtime recruits A+E CFO; Particle6 to adapt ‘Madigan Chronicles’

RTL Deutschland acquires Jamie Oliver rights RTL Deutschland has struck a multi-year deal with Fremantle to become the exclusive German home of Jamie Oliver programming and lifestyle content. The broadcaster takes exclusive rights to the celebrity chef’s entire portfolio of shows across pay-TV, free TV, and streaming via AVOD and SVOD. Titles covered by the […]

RTL Group promotes Jan Peter Lacher to SVP content

Pan-European broadcast group RTL has promoted Jan Peter Lacher to the newly created role of SVP of content. Lacher, who is currently chief transformation officer at RTL Deutschland, will take on his new role on 1 August. Reporting to Andreas Fischer, EVP of business development at RTL Group, Lacher will work with the programme managers […]

RTL Deutschland co-CEO Stephen Schäfer exits in management restructure

RTL Deutschland co-CEO Stephan Schäfer is exiting his role after less than a year amid a management restructure at the German media firm. Schäfer took on the role in September 2021, alongside fellow co-CEO Matthias Dang, following the departure of former CEO Bernd Reichart. RTL Group said that Schäfer was departing on “on the best […]

RTL extends ‘Sisi’ as Globoplay, Mediaset strike deals for Austrian drama

RTL Deutschland has ordered a second season of period drama Sisi ahead of its debut on the channel, while distributor Beta Film has struck sales across Lat Am and Europe. The six-hour series has been produced by Story House and tracks the life of Austrian Empress Elisabeth, who marries Emperor Franz but fights against the strict […]

RTL preps German period drama ‘House Of Promises’ from X Filme & Beta

TVNOW, RTL Deutschland’s streaming service, Berlin-based production company X Filme Creative Pool and production-distribution firm Beta Film have partnered for a new high-end period drama, House Of Promises (working title). The 12 x 60-minute series, which is currently being shot on location in Berlin, Brandenburg and Görlitz, is set in 1920’s Berlin and chronicles the […]

RTL Deutschland reshuffles top management

RTL Deutschland CEO Anke Schäferkordt is to exit the group after nearly 30 years of service and will be succeeded by Vox MD Bernd Reichart (pictured). Schäferkordt will depart the company on 31 December 2018. A joint decision was made by RTL Group and the exec not to renew her contract. Reichart will succeed the […]

Amazon will have ‘bigger impact’ than Netflix

Amazon is likely to have a bigger impact on the markets in which it is present than Netflix, according to a panel of TV and platform operator executives at the ANGA COM TV technology congress in Cologne. Taking part in the opening panel session at the show, Anke Schaferkordt, CEO, RTL Deutschland, said that Netflix […]

Revenue and profit fall at Fremantle

Turnover and profit decreased at FremantleMedia through the first nine months of the year, with parent group RTL blaming exchange rate issues, the timing of new shows coming through and lower revenues from North America as American Idol finishes. The company said the declines were offset by growth in Europe, driven by the consolidation of […]