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RTL Group strong despite ad slump and FremantleMedia profit up

RTL Group reported strong first half results, despite ad market decreases in all of its core markets except Germany, which remained stable year-on-year. The firm attributed these ad conditions for a slight decrease in revenue, which was down 1.3% year-on-year to €2.78 billion. However, profit was up 52.6% to €418 million, while reported EBITDA was […]

RTL, CBS launch channels JV in Asia

European broadcaster RTL Group and distributor CBS Studios International are launching a pair of thematic channels in south east Asia. The nets, RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme, will be operated by a new Singapore-based joint venture, RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network. This will comprise a local management team reporting into a board of […]

De Mol poaches key executive from Simon Cowell

John de Mol’s Talpa has poached Simon Jones from Simon Cowell’s Syco. Jones, who was COO at Cowell’s company, will become CEO of Talpa’s new US division, Talpa Media USA.   Prior to Syco, Jones worked at ITV and FremantleMedia. He was the executive producer of American Idol and has also worked on the Got […]