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European TV Giant RTL Posts Record $1.6B Profit, Revenue Gain Amid Streaming Growth, Ad Rebound

A resurgent television advertising market and a booming streaming and production business, along with some major consolidation and asset sales, helped lift full-year results at European television giant RTL Group, which on Thursday reported a record profit of 1.5 billion euro ($1.6 billion) for 2021. The result was more than double the 625 million euro […]

‘And Just Like That,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Among Series in Warner Bros. Volume Deal with Germany’s RTL+

Warner Bros. Entertainment unveiled on Wednesday that it has signed a major, multi-year volume deal with leading European commercial broadcaster RTL Group to supply WB films and television series for RTL’s German TV operations and streaming service, RTL+. The deal, which starts from the first quarter of this year, will see RTL take German rights […]

NBCUniversal Teams With RTL AdConnect to Grow Advertising in Key Markets

Comcast’s entertainment unit NBCUniversal and European media giant RTL Group’s international sales house RTL AdConnect have struck a partnership designed to “unleash” new advertising opportunities. The collaboration will see both companies give each other access to their “premium TV and digital inventory assets, unleashing an unparalleled opportunity for marketers globally,” the partners said. The deal […]

How Germany’s RTL+ Aims to Compete With Netflix

German television is not known for being ambitious. Broadcasters in Europe’s biggest TV market are usually happy to import formats from other countries — The Voice from The Netherlands, The Masked Singer from Korea — or series for the U.S., C.S.I., The Simpsons — rather than risk their profit margins on something new or original. […]

RTL Battles Netflix With Streamer RTL+ Bringing Together TV, Music, Podcasts

RTL Group, Europe’s largest commercial broadcaster, on Thursday unveiled an ambitious, and first-of-its-kind, streaming service that will see the company combine digital content across all divisions of its parent company Bertelsmann. The new service, RTL+, will bring together on one platform the broadcast and streaming offerings of RTL Group’s television operations, e-books and podcasts from […]

RTL Group, Singtel Launch European Smart-Ad Group

RTL Group, Europe’s leading broadcasting conglomerate, and Singtel, Asia’s top communications group, have launched a new joint venture that will provide targeted digital advertising solutions for European broadcasters and streaming services. The new, jointly owned sales and services company, TechAlliance, will combine operations from RTL’s ad-tech company Smartclip and Yospace, the latter acquired in 2019, […]

Constantin Film Signs Multiyear Movie Licensing Deal With Germany’s RTL

German mini-major Constantin Film has signed a multiyear licensing deal with commercial TV giant RTL Deutschland that covers exclusive free TV and streaming rights for all of Constantin’s theatrical productions, both German- and English-language. The agreement, unveiled Thursday, applies to all of Constantin’s in-house and co-productions that start shooting from Jan. 1. Financial details of […]

Dang, Schäfer Named RTL Deutschland Co-CEOs

European TV giant RTL Group on Wednesday named co-CEOs for its RTL Deutschland unit in Germany. Matthias Dang and Stephan Schäfer will take over the leadership after the previously unveiled decision to combine RTL Deutschland and publishing giant Gruner + Jahr as of the start of 2022. Bernd Reichart, previously CEO of RTL Deutschland, will […]

RTL Group Sells Belgian Operations to DPG Media, Groupe Rossel in $300M Deal

RTL Group on Monday signed a $300 million (€250 million) deal to sell its Belgian television network, RTL Belgium, to local media companies DPG Media and Groupe Rossel. The agreement sees DPG and Groupe Rossel take full control of RTL Belgium’s three French-language free TV channels: family and general interest network RTL-TVI; children, sports and […]

RTL Nederland to Merge With John de Mol’s Talpa to Form Dutch TV Giant

Commercial television network RTL Nederland and Talpa Networks, the TV group controlled by TV mogul and The Voice creator John de Mol, on Tuesday announced plans to merge their media assets to create a Dutch TV giant with the resources to compete with Netflix and other global streamers in the Netherlands. The move would see […]

Warner-Discovery, French Deal “Dramatically” Push M&A Up European TV Agenda

The mega-deal between WarnerMedia and Discovery and a big French combination unveiled earlier this week are putting mergers and acquisitions into the spotlight for the European television industry, according to an analyst. “The Warner-Discovery and TF1-M6 merger plans have dramatically pushed consolidation up European commercial television’s agenda,” Enders Analysis analyst Francois Godard wrote in a […]

TF1, M6 Propose $4 Billion Merger to Form French TV Giant

In a bid to compete with Netflix and other global streaming giants on their home ground, Groupe Bouygues and RTL Group have announced plans to merge leading French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 to form a new European TV giant. If approved, the deal would create France’s largest broadcasting group, with pro forma revenues of […]