RTL Exec Schweitzer to Replace Schlotterer at TMG

Schlotterer Resigned After 17 Years at TMG

COLOGNE, Germany – Dirk Schweitzer, head of acquisitions and international programming at RTL Television and boss of distribution arm Universum Film, is leaving RTL to join Herbert Kloiber’s Tele-Munchen Group as managing director.

Schweitzer will replace Bernd Schlotterer, who is resigning from TMG after 17 years at the company. Schlotterer, 39, told The Hollywood Reporter he is staying in the media business and will announce his new venture by the end of this year.

Schlotterer will remain a shareholder of TMG. “It’s still a great investment,” he quipped.

TMG is one of Europe’s largest media companies. In addition its core licensing business, the company owns TV channels Tele 5 in Germany and ATV in Austria, film distributor Concorde and multiplex operator CinemaxX.

At TMG, Schweizer will head up the group’s program acquisitions and distribution businesses as well as home entertainment, merchandising and video-on-demand operations. He will join TMG in the second quarter of 2011 after his RTL contract runs out.

Bernhard zu Castell will take over from Schweizer as provisional head of Universum Film. RTL is expected to name a new acquisitions boss shortly.