15 May 2014, Luxembourg / Zagreb
RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, today announced the appointment of Henning Tewes (42), Managing Director of the news provider Enex, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTL Hrvatska with effect from 1 July 2014. Tewes will succeed Johannes Züll (49) who will leave RTL Group to become CEO at the German production company Studio Hamburg.
Following a proposal from Henning Tewes, Ivan Lovrecek (37), currently Editor-in-chief of RTL Hrvatska and a member of the company’s Executive Board, will be promoted to Deputy CEO of RTL Hrvatska, also effective 1 July 2014.
Andreas Rudas, Executive Vice President Regional Operations & Business Development CEE and Asia at RTL Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RTL Hrvatska, says: “I am delighted that we have found such a dynamic and experienced management team for our Croatian family of channels from within RTL Group. Henning Tewes combines business acumen and leadership skills with a strong track record in programming. He is deeply familiar with RTL Group and the international TV industry and is an excellent choice to lead and grow RTL Hrvatska into the next phase of its development. I congratulate Ivan Lovrecek on his promotion to Deputy CEO. His thorough understanding of the local market, leadership in news and magazines and experience in building our Croatian family of channels is key to our future plans.”
Andreas Rudas continues: “I would also like to thank Johannes Züll for his important achievements. During his time as head of RTL in Croatia, he ensured the financial sustainability of RTL Hrvatska and the re-licensing of the main channel RTL Televizija through 2029. At the same time, he built a complementary family of channels with two new channels – RTL 2 and RTL Kockica.”
Henning Tewes, born in 1972, holds a Masters in Political Science, History and Economics from Oxford University, a PhD from Birmingham University, and an MBA from Insead (France/Singapore). He joined RTL Group in 2005 and was Vice President Corporate Strategy before becoming part of the management team of Alpha TV in Greece, most recently as Programme Director. In July 2012, Henning Tewes became Managing Director of the Luxembourg-based, RTL Group-led news exchange Enex. Under his leadership, Enex grew its number of broadcasting partners from 29 to 42, transforming the company from a technical service provider into a global news provider active on all five continents. Prior to joining RTL Group, Henning Tewes worked for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German NGO where he was Country Director for Poland and Belarus.
Ivan Lovrecek, born 1976, began his media career in 1996 as a radio journalist. He joined RTL Hrvatska in March 2004 as a reporter covering major domestic and international events. In June 2005 he was promoted to Daily News Editor, and in 2007 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of RTL Hrvatska. Two years later, in September 2009, he became a member of the company’s Management Board. Prior to his career at RTL Hrvatska, Ivan Lovrecek worked from 2000 to 2004 as a News Producer and Presenter at the BBC World Service in London and Zagreb.
About RTL Group
RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 54 television channels and 27 radio stations and content production throughout the world. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary and Antena 3 in Spain – the company also operates the joint venture channels RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD in South East Asia. RTL Group’s families of TV channels are either the number one or number two in eight European countries. The Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Group’s content production arm, FremantleMedia, is one of the largest international creators, producers and distributors of multi-genre content outside the US. With operations in 22 countries, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network is responsible for 8,500 hours of programming a year and distributes over 20,000 hours of content worldwide. Combining the catch-up TV services of its broadcasters, the newly acquired multi-channel network BroadbandTV and FremantleMedia’s more than 150 Youtube channels, RTL Group has become the leading European media company in online video.