Magnus Kastner has been appointed as CEO at Endemol Shine Germany, the German subsidiary of global content producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group.
Kastner has 25 years of experience in the television industry, most recently with eSports company Turtle Entertainment where he served as Chief Executive in Los Angeles. Prior to this, Kastner was CEO and Executive Vice President Northern Europe at Viacom International Media Networks and President at Rotana Media Group in Dubai.
He was also Senior Vice President and General Manager at Discovery Networks Deutschland with responsibility for building and expanding the channel DMAX in the German market as well as heading pay-TV channels Discovery Channel, Discovery HD and Animal Planet. Before his time at Discovery Networks, he was CEO of media agency OMD in Hamburg.
Kastner will join Endemol Shine Germany next month and report to Boudewijn Beusmans, Chairman of Northern Europe. The company will continue to be led in the interim by Rainer Laux, Director of reality & documentary, CFO Ute März and Gabi Abegg, Head of strategic development.
“Endemol Shine Germany are an amazing company, brilliant, creative and prolific with an unparalled track record in both creating original content and adapting content across multiple genres,” said Kastner. “I am very much looking forward to working with the team and collaborating with new colleagues around the global Endemol Shine Group to build on this success.”
Beusmans added: “Magnus is an exceptionally talented executive with a profound knowledge of the German media landscape along with an international perspective and experience. We look forward to him joining next month and I’d like to thank Rainer, Ute and Gabi for ensuring the company is in great shape until then.”