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RTL combines short-form units as multi-platform strategy takes shape

RTL is to combine its Divimove and UFA X units into a single short-form video division from the beginning of January. According to the broadcaster, the new unit will create an integrated powerhouse for the production, aggregation and monetisation of short-form video content in Europe. RTL recently increased its shareholding in multi-platform network Divimove to […]

RTL launches revamped TV Now service

RTL Group’s domestic German arm, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, has revamped its OTT TV service TV Now with a range of new, exclusive shows, live content and popular German and US series in a new premium package priced at €4.99. The offering includes all 13 of RTL’s free and pay TV channels alongside on-demand content in […]

RTL puts full range of 4K UHD content on Magenta TV

Subscribers to Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV service now have a access to the full range of 4K UHD TV programmes offered by commercial broadcaster RTL. The launch of RTL UHD on Magenta TV will bring additional sports, series and movies in the format to Telekom’s subscribers, kicking off with the run-up to and broadcast of […]

RTL’s Schäferkordt to exit, replaced by Vox chief

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. 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 outgoing […]

RTL looking to VOD revamp and digital originals to fuel growth

Commercial broadcaster RTL is looking to a combination of video-on-demand and production outfit Fremantle’s push into scripted drama to fuel growth after posting solid Q3 results, with ambitious plans for VOD platform TV Now in Germany. RTL Group CEO Bert Habets said that the group plans to up its investment in streaming services, including investment […]

RTL names Schiwek as CEO of Divimove

RTL Group has appointed Tobias Schiwek as CEO of multiplatform network, Divimove, effective 1 January 2019. Schiwek, who is currently co-managing director of UFA X and chief digital officer of UFA, will succeed the three co-founders and managing directors of Divimove, Brian Ruhe, Philipp Bernecker and Sebastiaan van Dam. The reshuffle is part of RTL Group’s ambition […]

RTL and ITV strengthen advertising partnership

German and international broadcaster RTL and UK commercial broadcaster ITV are to strengthen and extend their advertising sales partnership, with Kelly Williams, ITV’s managing director of commercial joining the board of RTL AdConnect, RTL’s international ad sales house. Under the pair’s extended partnership, RTL AdConnect will represent ITV globally outside the UK and foster closer […]

RTL appoints former MTV president as CEO of StyleHaul

RTL has appointed former MTV president Sean Atkins as the new CEO of its fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi-platform network Stylehaul. Atkins, who has previously held senior roles at Discovery and HBO, started at Stylehaul this week. In his new role he will work closely with Stylehaul CFO Melanie Kirk, who has been interim CEO […]

RTL Deutschland claims victory in hotel distribution legal battle

RTL Deutschland has claimed a victory in its battle against Spanish hotel chain NH for the illegal use of its broadcast signal in hotel rooms in the country. Following a year-long legal battle between the pair, the court of appeals in Alicante has ruled that the use of the TV channels in hotel rooms without […]

RTL rules out Endemol Shine purchase

German broadcaster RTL has withdrawn its interest in buying Endemol Shine as it focuses on growth initiatives such as building mass-audience VOD services and expanding FremantleMedia’s drama output. During its Q2 earnings call last week, the FremantleMedia-owner revealed that it had dropped out of the race to purchase Endemol Shine. “On Endemol Shine, we stepped out […]