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  1. Bertelsmann Registers Record First-Half Operating Profit

    August 30, 2013 4:27 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann on Friday reported its highest profit from operations for a first half of the year in its long history, with operating profit jumping $50 million to $1.02 billion. The company also posted net profit of $557 million ...

  2. Bertelsmann Reveals Record Q1 Profit, Revenue Dips

    May 16, 2013 5:50 AM EDT European media giant Bertelsmann on Thursday posted a record first-quarter profit of $267 million (€207 million). That marked a 43% jump over the year-ago period thanks to earnings from newly-acquired music rights group BMG and a solid performan ...

  3. Bertelsmann Completes Legal Change to Open up Investor Option

    August 21, 2012 7:56 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- Bertelsmann has completed a legal change that could have a major impact on the German media giant, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse FremantleMedia, maker of "American Idol" and & ...

  4. Bertelsmann Names Marcel Reichart Executive VP of Digital Development

    June 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - Media giant Bertelsmann has appointed Marcel Reichart to the newly-created position of executive VP in charge of digital development and partnerships. Reichart joins Bertelsmann from German publishing group Hubert Burda, where h ...

  5. Thomas Hesse, Ex-Sony Music Exec, Joins RTL Group Board

    December 13, 2011 9:27 AM EST COLOGNE, Germany - More executive shuffling on the board of directors of European broadcasting giant RTL Group, as Thomas Hesse, formerly of Sony Music, takes the spot on RTL's board left vacant by Hartmut Ostrowski, the outgoing CEO of RTL p ...

  6. Bertlesmann Appoints Thomas Rabe New Chairman & CEO; Hartmut Ostrowski Stepping Down

    October 10, 2011 12:21 PM EDT The Bertelsmann AG Supervisory Board today (Oct. 10) appointed Thomas Rabe 46, currently Chief Financial Officer of the Group, its future Chairman & CEO. He will succeed the current Chairman & CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, 53, on January 1, 2012. ...

  7. FremantleMedia PR Head Manfred Westphal Exits

    August 23, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Longtime "American Idol" PR man Manfred Westphal has resigned from his post as senior VP of marketing and communications at FremantleMedia North America, effective immediately, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. Citing immediate persona ...

  8. Bertelsmann Turns 175

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The international media group Bertelsmann is celebrating its 175 anniversary. On July 1, 1835 the printer and bookbinder Carl Bertelsmann founded the C. Bertelsmann Verlag publishing company in Guttersloh, a town in the Westphalia region of German ...

  9. Bertelsmann Revenue Inches Up

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann reports an operating EBIT that rose to €284 million ($360.9 million) in Q1 2010, more than twice the figure for Q1 2009, which totaled €115 million ($146.1 million). First-quarter revenues were up slightly year-o ...

  10. 'Abbey Road' Season 3 Sold To Sundance, C4

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has again sold its U.K. music program "Live From Abbey Road" to the Sundance Channel in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. The third series has 12 hour-long episodes featuring intimate interview, rehearsa ...

  11. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  12. Warner Music 360° takes off in France

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music France has launched a new division, 360°, which will oversee licensing, merchandising, synchronization, live, sponsorship, brand partnerships, video content, and digital activities. The goal is to combine these interests under one umb ...

  13. Lyric Jeans To Launch 'Idol' Clothing Line

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Lyric Jeans, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor for American Idol, to create an American Idol branded apparel line. The initial Lyric Jeans-American Idol collection will be aimed at the junior ...

  14. FremantleMedia Rides Wave Of 'Abbey Road' Sales

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "Live from Abbey Road," FremantleMedia Enterprises' independently-produced music TV series, has been picked up by a host of international broadcasters. Launched at last year's MIPCOM TV and film market in Cannes, the series is ...

  15. Musicbrigade, RTL Launch German Download Service

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Musicbrigade, the Stockholm, Sweden-based digital content aggregator, has teamed with RTL interactive to launch what both companies describe as Germany's "most extensive online digital music service to date." The joint platform at m ...

  16. Sony BMG Oz Establishes TV Arm

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has set up a TV production division. Its music and entertainment programming will heavily feature its acts, says the company's chairman and CEO, Denis Handlin. Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has ...

  17. Bertelsmann Reports 3Q Gains

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST German group anticipates big Q4 record sked. Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of solid contributions across its portfolio of interests. According to a Bertelsmann statement, all of the grou ...

  18. Bertelsmann Reports 3Q Gains

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of solid contributions across its portfolio of interests. Bertelsmann AG today (Nov. 9) reported gains in third-quarter operating profit on the back of soli ...

  19. Sony BMG Names New German Prez

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at the top of its German affiliate with the appointment of Edgar Berger as president of Sony BMG Germany, effective Sept. 1. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at ...

  20. Sony BMG Names New German Pres

    June 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management void at the top of its German affiliate with the appointment of Edgar Berger as president of Sony BMG Germany, with effect from Sept. 1. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has filled the management ...

  21. Rammstein, Stefan Raab Top Echo Awards

    April 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT German honors aired on RTL. German honors aired on RTL. News ...

  22. French Groups Target Piracy

    January 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST French commercial networks TF1 and M6, pay TV network Canal Plus and pubcaster France Televisions have joined forces with the country's top professional film and television associations to fight the i PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- French ...

  23. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...

  24. Bertelsmann Profit Up; Eyes Purchases

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-largest media group, is looking for acquisitions which could include part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, after its music and TV units helped triple half-year Bertelsmann, the world's fourth-large ...

  25. FremantleMedia Pacts With BMG Publishing

    April 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Deal covers all worldwide music administration. BMG Music Publishing and TV production company FremantleMedia, both units of media giant Bertelsmann, have inked a long-term music administration deal. Under the agreement, BMG Music Publishing will ...