Shahrzad Rafati


RTL exploring ‘all strategic alternatives’ for MCN

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for the company together with minority shareholders. Luxembourg-based RTL has hired boutique investment advisor outfit Liontree to lead the process. An RTL spokesman told […]

BroadbandTV, HuffPo launch video network

RTL-backed multichannel network BroadbandTV has partnered with the Huffington Post to launch a “next-generation online video journalism network”. Outspeak will allow journalists and content creators to tell their stories across both companies’ platforms, with selected content makers to be given the chance to develop their channels into original content series co-produced with Outspeak. BroadbandTV and […]

RTL MCN buys kids and family channels group

RTL’s multichannel operator BroadbandTV has acquired YoBoHo, a YouTube networks curator and content producer. The deal, for an undisclosed amount, sees BroadbandTV add a company with a library of more than 8,000 original videos in the kids space, 27 education- and preschool-focused channels, and more than three billion views a year. Among YoBoHo’s assets is […]

RTL Group invests US$36m in YouTube network BroadbandTV

RTL Group has partnered with multi-channel YouTube content network BroadbandTV, putting US$36 million into the firm in the first of a string of planned investments. The deal, designed to increase RTL Group’s expansion in the online video market while upping BroadbandTV’s global growth strategy, gives RTL Group a 51% shareholding in BroadbandTV. RTL Group also […]