RTL Deutschland

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 […]

RTL stays stable as FremantleMedia dips

A stronger advertising market in Germany and digital growth helped keep RTL Group’s top line more or less stable for the first quarter, though production unit FremantleMedia wobbled. Revenues were down slightly from €1.313 billion (US$1.49 billion) to €1.308 billion, with a higher sales at RTL Deutschland being offset by lower revenue at France’s M6 […]

Profit and revenues down at FremantleMedia

FremantleMedia has reported a year-on-year declines in revenue and profit. The producer and distributor blamed ‘phasing effects’ – programmes that have been ordered but not yet aired – in Germany, the UK and Australia. FremantleMedia has reorganised in recent months, creating a new kids and family division and moving other activities previously overseen by FremantleMedia […]

RTL predicts earnings boost as listing looms

European broadcaster RTL Group has said its first quarter EBITA for the year is expected to increase by a mid-to-high single digit percentage year-on-year. In a trading update ahead of a listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the media group said that the German TV ad market was up by low single digits in the […]