Medientage

Gerhard
Zeiler

President International

Warner Bros. Discovery
© WBD

21.09. 09:50

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CHAIRMAN WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY INTERNATIONAL
April 2022 – present
In this role, I oversee all WBD brands in International markets as well as responsibility for the country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The main responsibilities cover the global roll-out of WBD’s streaming service in alignment with the Streaming Business Unit of WBD; the monetization of the US-produced Film and TV-programs in the international markets; the operation of all WBD linear networks outside the US and the oversight of all internationally produced Local Productions.

PRESIDENT WARNER MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
August 2020 – April
In this role, I have strategic oversight for the WarnerMedia brands in the international 
markets as well as responsibility for the country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, a portfolio of nearly 300 TV channels in over 200 countries. The main responsibilities cover the global roll-out of Warner Media’s streaming service together with the Business Unit of HBOMAX; the monetization of the US-produced Film and TV-programs in the international markets; the operation of all Warner Media linear networks outside the US and the oversight of all internationally produced Local Productions. WarnerMedia’s consumer brands include HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

 

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER WARNER MEDIA
March 2019 – August 2020

In this function I was responsible for the company’s global advertising and distribution business, which made up for approximately two thirds of all Warner Media revenues  in addition to the international Networks of HBO and Turner.


PRESIDENT OF TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL 
May 2012 – March 2019

Turner Broadcasting Systems International is a division of Turner (TBS Inc.), which itself is one of three divisions of public listed Time Warner.
As President I was responsible for all operations outside the US and Canada excluding the editorial side of CNN-International and I am also one of seven members of the Executive Committee of Turner

 

About Turner International 
Turner Broadcasting System International operates versions of core TBS brands including CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies, as well as country- and region-specific networks and businesses in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific. It teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. TBS operates more than 160 channels showcasing 33 brands in 37 languages in over 200 countries. Through its local subsidiaries, it broadcasts 46 channels in 13 languages in 38 countries throughout Asia Pacific; 74 channels in 23 languages in 124 countries in EMEA; and 49 channels in three languages in 44 countries in Latin America. Turner Broadcasting System International’s entertainment and news brands include CNN International, CNNj, CNN en Español, HLN, Cartoon Network, Cartoonito, Boing, Boomerang, Oh!K, Pogo, Toonami, Tooncast, Tabi Channel, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, TBS veryfunny, WB, HBO, Mondo TV, Glitz*, Silver, Star!, HTV, Infinito, I.Sat, MuchMusic, truTV, Space and Chilevisión. Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), a Time Warner company.

 

CEO OF RTL GROUP 
March 2003 – April 2012

RTL-Group is a Luxembourg based pan-European listed company , which owned or partly owned  over 40 TV-channels and over 30 Radio-channels in ten – mostly European – countries as well as Fremantle Media – a global production and content company.

The most relevant and known TV-channels were RTL ,VOX ,RTL 2, Super-RTL and NTV in Germany; M6 and W9 in France, RTL 4,5,7 and 8 in the Netherlands; the most relevant radio channel RTL in France.
RTL-Group`s profitability almost tripled in the time of me leading it to more than 1,1 billion € and was by far the biggest division within Bertelsmann in regard of revenues and profits.

 

MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF BERTELSMANN
2005 – 2012

Bertelsmann is German`s biggest media company and majority owner of RTL Group. It also owns Gruner & Jahr – German`s biggest magazine publisher - Random House – the biggest global book publishing company -  Arvato – a leading Print and Service business -  the Book Club business and in some of the  time I served as member of the Executive Board also  BMG music, which later was merged with and then sold to Sony Corp.

 

CEO OF RTL GERMANY
Nov 1998 – Sept 2005

RTL Germany is Germany`s biggest TV-channel group and consisted of RTL, German`s biggest commercial TV-channel; VOX, the most successful second generation TV-channel and NTV, a 24 hour news-channel. RTL Germany also owns 50% of Super-RTL, Germany`s leading Kids-channel  together with Disney and 36% of RTL 2.
During the time I was CEO we more than tripled the profitability of the Group and started to invest in digital ventures with RTL Interactive.

 

CEO of the AUSTRIAN BROADCASTING COOPERATION (ORF)
Oct 1994 – Sept 1998

ORF is Austria`s Public Service Broadcaster with at that time 2 national TV-channels and 13 radio programs.
In my time as CEO we changes radically the program structure of the company and started an efficiency program with the effect, that the amount of fix-term employees was more than 10% less than when I took over.

 

CEO of RTL 2
July 1992 – Sept 1994

As founding CEO of RTL 2 I led a small team of employees to the launch of the channel in March 1993. 

 

CEO of TELE 5
January 1991 – June 1992

I took over as CEO of Tele 5 with less than 25 Mio DM yearly revenues and left – the channel was sold – with more than 150 Mio DM in yearly revenues.

 

GENERAL SECRETARY OF ORF
Oct 1986 – December 1990

As General Secretary I was responsible for all HR and Organisational topics; the Communications department, the legal department and the Internal Revision department.

 

PRESS SPEAKER of AUSTRIAN`S CHANCELLOR DR.VRANITZKY
June 1986 – Sept 1986

 

PRESS SPEAKER of AUSTRIAN`S CHANCELLOR DR.FRED SINOWATZ
May 1983 – June 1986

 

PRESS SPEAKER of AUSTRIAN`S MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORT DR.FRED SINOWATZ
Nov 1979 – May 1983

 

JOURNALIST of SK
Jan 1979 – Oct 1979

 

RESEARCHER at ÖIBF (Austrian Institute for Job related Educational Science )
Sept. 1976 – Dec 1978

 

BOARDS-EXPERIENCE:
Chairman of GAGFAH S.A
March 2014 – May 2015
Member of the Board of CME
May 2014 – May 2019
Member of the Board of Telekom Austria
1996 – March 2003

 

EDUCATION:
Study of Psychology and Sociology at Vienna University
(Oct 1973 – Dec 1978)
High School at BRG 16, Maroltingergasse
(Sept 1965 - June 1973)
Primary School
(Sept 1961 – June 1965)