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 […]

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. […]

New UK and scripted chiefs for Studio71

Multichannel operator Studio71 has expanded its UK business by hiring a local managing director and had added a US-based scripted chief. Former StyleHaul executive James Stafford will lead a new UK-based studio as MD, while Broken Road Productions’ Jeremy Stein is joining as senior VP of scripted content. Part of Stafford’s duties will be working […]

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 […]

Digital and German ad market boosts RTL Group

Broadcaster RTL Group benefited from a strong performance from its core German advertising-driven business and fast-growing digital unit in the third quarter to deliver revenue growth of 7.5% to €1.853 billion. Among RTL’s digital properties, MCNs BroadbandTV and StyleHaul saw revenue growth of 85% and 98% respectively, while SpotX was up 62%. RTL said that […]

RTL Group creates Digital Hub for video growth

RTL Group has created a digital hub that will manage RTL Group’s portfolio of digital acquisitions and help support their international expansion. The RTL Digital Hub team will develop the firm’s investments in multichannel networks, in particular BroadbandTV and StyleHaul, and in the digital advertising sales businesses SpotXchange and Clypd. The RTL Digital Hub will also work […]

StyleHaul strikes content deal with Channel 4’s digital service

RTL-owned multichannel network, StyleHaul, has struck a deal with Channel 4 to produce a series of shorts for the UK broadcaster’s new All 4 online service. Internet Famous, a co-production with Spirit Digital Media, will be a series of six documentary shorts, following some of the biggest YouTube stars represented by StyleHaul – a YouTube network […]

FremantleMedia exec moves to MCN StyleHaul

FremantleMedia veteran Olivier Delfosse has been named COO of StyleHaul, Fremantle’s multichannel network sister firm within the RTL Group. At Germany-based StyleHaul, he will work closely on developing the business with CEO and president Stephanie Horbaczewski, working out of LA. At FremantleMedia, Delfosse drove global digital initiatives and partnerships with the likes of YouTube and […]

RTL-owned StyleHaul plans further international push

RTL-owned multi-channel YouTube network StyleHaul plans to open offices in Sao Paulo and Toronto early next year, according to vice-president for Europe, James Stafford. Speaking to DTVE, Stafford said that the fashion and beauty-focused business already has offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Singapore and plans to continue to grow in line […]

RTL buys US$107m majority stake in YouTube network StyleHaul

RTL Group has agreed to pay US$107 million (€85 million) to buy a controlling stake in StyleHaul – a multi-channel Youtube network dedicated to fashion, beauty and lifestyle. The deal increases RTL Group’s shareholding in StyleHaul from 22.3% to 93.6% and values the US-based business at US$151.4 million. It also includes earn-out mechanisms that could increase […]