As Managing Director of Programming, Schmitter will take on responsibility for all content (entertainment, journalistic content, fiction, sports and RTL Studios productions) and brands from RTL Deutschland.
By bundling content and brands, the company wants to further optimise the cross-media playout of content across all channels – TV, streaming, radio, print, online and social media – and promote the interaction of brands such as RTL, Vox, NTV, Stern and Geo. RTL Deutschland’s brand & marketing department will also move into Stephan Schmitter’s area of responsibility.
Andreas Fischer, Chief Operating Officer at RTL Deutschland, is responsible for commercial processes in the content area such as the purchase of third-party programmes, formats and sports licenses, alongside the area of copyright affairs and music publishing with immediate effect.
Henning Tewes, currently Chief Content Officer at RTL Deutschland, will leave the company to take on new management responsibilities at RTL Group, which will be announced in due course.
“Stephan Schmitter is a great addition to the Management Board of RTL Deutschland. For more than 18 years, he has demonstrated a flair for programming, journalism and marketing in numerous management positions across RTL – and has shown that he leads creative teams in a collaborative manner. With his responsibility for all content, we are creating the foundation to further increase our audience shares in the German TV market, to continue the growth of our streaming service RTL+, and to realise the synergies from the combination with Gruner + Jahr,” said Thomas Rabe, CEO of RTL Group and Chairman of the Management Board of RTL Deutschland.