RTL broadcasters launch format development creative unit | Major Businesses | Business
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Leading European media group RTL has announced the launch of a new creative unit – the Format Creation Group – which will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services.
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The new unit has been launched to fulfil what RTL says is the growing demand for exclusive content by developing innovative format ideas and intellectual property fully owned and controlled by the media group. The unit will focus on the development of factual entertainment formats and reality shows, working closely with RTL broadcasters to reflect their needs in the local markets they are active in.

The new unit will be based in Hilversum and led by managing director Matthias Scholten, a long-time TV executive and creative from RTL Nederland. In his new function, Scholten will over the next months form a diverse and international team of creatives. FC Group will be jointly financed by RTL Group’s major broadcasters Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Groupe M6 and RTL Nederland.

“Every year, RTL Group invests €3.5 billion in content. Strengthening our core business by further increasing our programme investments and by exploring all possible ways to develop and own new hit formats is one of our strategic priorities,” said RTL Group CEO Thomas Rabe.

“This is what FC Group is all about: a place of autonomy where creativity and bold ideas can thrive. With his remarkable track record, Matthias Scholten is the perfect fit for this exciting mission. The unit’s spirit of strong cooperation across our footprint perfectly complements successful initiatives such as the Bertelsmann Content Alliance and Ad Alliance in Germany.”