Global content producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has appointed Magnus Kastner as Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine Germany.
Magnus 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, President, at Rotana Media Group, 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, the Pay-TV Channel Discovery Channel, Discovery HD and Animal Planet. Before his time at Discovery Networks, he was CEO of media agency OMD in Hamburg.
“Endemol Shine Germany has an unparalleled track record in both creating original IP and adapting IP across multiple genres. I am very much looking forward to working with the team and collaborating with new colleagues globally to build on this success,” said Kastner.
Kastner joins next month and will report to Boudewijn Beusmans, Chairman of Northern Europe. The company will continue to be led in the interim by Director of Reality & Documentary Rainer Laux, CFO Ute März and Head of Strategic Development Gabi Abegg.
“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,” said Beusmans.
Endemol Shine Germany’s current slate includes entertainment format Big Bounce Battle, which has just been ordered for a second series on RTL and was a highlight at the recent Mip-TV market, along with international travelling formats Kitchen Impossible and Big Box, Little Box. The company also produces MasterChef, Celebrity Big Brother, The Wall and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The company includes joint venture companies Florida TV in Berlin and METAproductions, along with Wiedemann & Berg Television, the drama producers behind Dark, the first original German drama for Netflix and winner of the prestigious Grimme Preis award.