RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]

AOL to open 360-degree content studio

AOL has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, 360-degree content studio in downtown New York. The public-facing studio is due to open this autumn on Broadway and will expand AOL’s “commitment to provide an immersive live and virtual reality experience,” according to the firm. AOL Build, the internet firm’s live interview series, will be filmed […]

Sky Germany names new content chief

Sky’s German unit has upped Elke Walthelm to executive VP, content, filling a role vacated by Gary Davey when he took the wider role as content chief across Sky’s European footprint. Walthelm will oversee programming at Sky Deutschland, reporting directly to the pay TV operation’s CEO Carsten Schmidt. The role covers original programming, acquisitions, on-demand […]

Report: BBC to move away from channel-focused structure

The BBC is reportedly planning to scrap its existing channel-based structure, replacing it with content and audience-led divisions. According to a Telegraph report, the BBC is planning to abolish its radio and television divisions, as part of a radical overhaul for the business that will be revealed by director general Tony Hall in the coming […]

BBC: content-led marketing an ‘innovative’ way to reach audiences

Some 63% of people said content-led marketing is an innovative way for advertisers to reach audiences, according to new research by the BBC. BBC StoryWorks, the content marketing arm of BBC Advertising, found that well executed and clearly labelled content-led marketing is considered trusted and persuasive in “quality environments”, and has a powerful emotional impact […]

Havas boss Delport to take Vivendi content head role

Dominique Delport is being strongly tipped to become the head of Vivendi Content. Delport is a supervisory board member at Vivendi and the global boss of the Vivendi-owned advertising agency Havas. Vivendi would not confirm the news, but Delport himself retweeted several messages of congratulation about the new role via his Twitter account. Vivendi created […]

Aass lands top MTG content job as Svensk exits

European broadcaster Modern Times Group has made Morten Aass president and CEO of its content group in a move that sees Patrick Svensk exiting. Aass takes on the Nice Entertainment Group top job having joined in September last year when MTG acquired Helsinki-based Nice, which comprises 15 production brands, distributor DRG and Modern Africa Productions. […]

CME to invest in departing CEO’s new content business

The president and CEO of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), Adrian Sarbu, has resigned after nearly two decades at the company to set up a content business that CME plans to invest in. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday, CME said that Sarbu intends to develop the content business next year […]

Discovery appoints content division boss

Factual channel operator Discovery has appointed Charlie Foley executive VP of its recently-created Original Content Group, which will sit alongside the international programming division run by Luis Silberwasser and Julian Bellamy. Discovery told DTVE sister publication TBI that the new division will develop ‘select projects’ and Silberwasser’s unit and the US channels’ development teams will […]