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RTL posts strong results as it focuses on VOD and drama

RTL announced strong Q2 and H1 results as it focuses on its two main growth initiatives – building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. The German broadcaster said that it continued its business development and ‘Total Video’ strategy in the first half of the year with H1 revenue up for the fourth consecutive […]

New CEO for FremantleMedia

Jennifer Mullin has been confirmed as the new CEO of FremantleMedia after the departure of Cecile Frot-Coutaz in March 2018. She will finish up her current role as CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and start the new role on September 1, the company has announced. Mullin takes over the reins from Frot-Coutaz after she […]

FremantleMedia CEO leaving to join YouTube

  FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA. Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor. Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia and its domestic German and French broadcasting operations. However, RTL’s EBITDA was pushed down by the phase out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the Dutch market. […]

Altice launches new multi-platform cooking channel with added Jamie Oliver

Altice is launching a new cooking brand with a TV channel, print magazine and digital site. MY Cuisine will encompass a new TV channel to be distributed in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and French-speaking Africa, a print magazine and digital properties including a mobile app and recipe blog. Echoing the concept of ‘horizontal convergence’ recently […]

RTL ‘committed to digital’ as revenues surge

RTL Group remains committed to a digital expansion strategy despite uncertainty over the future of multichannel network BroadbandTV and expects digital to account for at least 15% of overall revenues within the next three to five years, according to co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch. The affirmation came as the Luxembourg-based media group reported […]

RTL sees revenues climb, but net profit slips

International broadcaster RTL reported a 2.1% increase in revenue of €4.2 billion in the first nine months of the year. EBITA profit increased 5.6%, taking the total to €756 million. Net profit to shareholders, however, slipped to €443 million from  €464 million in the same period last year, with the company blaming a higher tax […]

Sky Italia forms joint film distribution business

Sky Italia and producers including FremantleMedia-owned Wildside, and Gomorrah producer Cattleya, have joined forces to create a new film distribution business. The new unit, which does not yet have a name, sees pay TV operator Sky join forces several film and TV production companies. As well as Cattleya and Wildside, which is making The Young Pope for Sky, Italian […]

M6, RTL Deutschland and digital boost RTL Group results

France’s M6 Group and RTL Deutschland helped boost international media group RTL’s first half performance, which also benefited from strong growth in digital. First half revenues were up 3.2% to €2.878 billion, with digital revenue up 20.5% to €264 million. The performance dipped in the second quarter, however, with revenue dropping by 2.3%. This was […]

Amazon Germany may pick up season two of Deutschland 83

Amazon Prime Video Germany looks set to pick up first-run rights to the second instalment of Deutschland 83, with its linear broadcaster wavering on a recommission. RTL has not yet committed to financing Deutschland 86 after the first season, which was critical and ratings smash internationally but fared less well locally. German TV trade site […]

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