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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 […]

RTL lays out VOD-focused strategy for 2019

RTL Group has set out plans to expand its video-on-demand services by developing a joint VOD tech platform by making “significant investments” into more local and exclusive content. Laying out its strategic priorities for next year, the company said that it will develop a joint tech platform that all its streaming platforms and broadcaster video-on-demand […]

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 […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

RTL to increase spend on VOD services

RTL Group will increase investment in its on-demand services in the territories where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. The company […]

RTL acquires Nordic online video network for $15m

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network United Screens for a price of SEK 120 million US$15 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, would expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

ProSiebenSat.1 wants new PSB regime & funding

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has called for public funding to be made available to commercial networks to support public service broadcasting that can “reach a larger number of young people”. Proposing what it described as Medienordnung 4.0 – or ‘Media Regulations 4.0’ – the broadcaster said that it hoped to prompt a discussion about the realignment […]

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