RTL Group

Fremantle ups Andrea Scrosati with expanded European remit

Fremantle’s group COO Andrea Scrosati has had his remit expanded to include responsibility for Germany, the Nordics, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland. Scrosati will now become CEO of continental Europe, reporting to Fremantle CEO Jennifer Mullin. The former Sky Italia exec, who joined Fremantle in 2018, already oversees Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Israel. He […]

RTL Deutschland names co-CEOs as Bernd Reichart takes new role

RTL Group has named Matthias Dang and Stephan Schäfer as the new become Co-CEOs of RTL Deutschland, with former CEO Bernd Reichart leaving to take on new management responsibilities within the Bertelsmann Group. Following its move to combine RTL Deutschland and publisher Gruner + Jahr in January next year, RTL Group has said that Dang […]

Fremantle-owner RTL Group sells Belgian arm for $300m

European broadcaster RTL Group has sold its Belgian division, including three channels and streamer RTL Play, to DPG Media and Groupe Rossel for €250m ($300m). RTL Group assumed full ownership of RTL Belgium in December 2020, having spent 33 years as its majority shareholder, but is now offloading the division as part of a Europe-wide […]

RTL Nederlands & Talpa Network to merge into Dutch giant

RTL Group and John de Mol’s Talpa Network have struck a deal to merge their broadcasting and affiliated media businesses in the Netherlands to create a unified Dutch cross-media group. The pair said that the combined group would be able to step up investments in local content, technology and data, offering Dutch audiences a broad […]

RTL Group’s revenues drop 10%, with Fremantle profits down by $66m in 2020

European media giant RTL Group has revealed a 9.5% drop in revenue as a result of the pandemic, with profits at its global content business Fremantle falling by €55m ($66m). RTL, which operates almost 70 TV channels and nine streamers across Europe, said that TV advertising revenue was now climbing, following the COVID crisis. Production bouncing back […]

RTL Group unveils M6, Fremantle strategy amid management revamp

RTL CEO Thomas Rabe has unveiled how it plans to use companies under its control including France’s M6 Group and production giant Fremantle to drive its expansion across Europe, with a series of management changes also in the works. The company has named Elmar Heggen, formerly chief financial officer, as chief operating officer at the […]

RTL Group sets up exclusive formats unit

RTL Group is stepping up its efforts to build exclusive content with the launch of Format Creation Group (FC Group), a new creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services. The new unit will be based in Hilversum, Netherlands, and led by managing director Matthias Scholten (pictured), a long-time […]

RTL Group merges MCN firms to create major digital studio

RTL Group is merging its digital video businesses under Berlin-based Divimove to create a leading European studio outfit representing more than 1,000 creators. The business is combining United Screens, its digital video business in the Nordics, with its digital video company Divimove. Plans are also in place to integrate its Dutch RTL MCN into the […]

RTL Group names new CEO

RTL Group has named its chairman Thomas Rabe as CEO following the unexpected resignation of Bert Habets. Rabe will take on the roll in addition to his existing duties as chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, RTL’s 71.5% majority shareholder. RTL said that Habets had decided to resign as CEO and leave the RTL board for […]

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