New York, July 18, 2013 – Anke Schäferkordt, Chief Executive Officer of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and Co-CEO of RTL Group – the leading European entertainment network and one of the world’s largest production companies – will receive the 2013 International Emmy Directorate Award at the 41st International Emmy Awards on Monday, November 25th in New York City.

“Anke Schäferkordt has been a driving force behind RTL’s growth – both in Germany, Europe’s largest and most competitive television market, and since 2012 across the Group’s worldwide operations. Her passion for programming, combined with a long-view strategic approach, make her an outstanding leader in the international TV industry. We look forward to adding her name to the very distinguished roster of recipients of the Academy’s Directorate Award,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Acknowledging the award, Anke Schäferkordt said:
“I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. We are currently transforming our business into the digital world while keeping our focus on the core of what we do: producing best content to entertain and inform our audiences. Many thanks to the International Academy and – above all – to my dedicated team of first-class TV entrepreneurs.”
Anke Schäferkordt joined the market-leading German commercial broadcaster RTL Television in 1991, rising through the company’s ranks to become CEO of RTL Television as well as CEO of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland in 2005. Since April 2012, she has been Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity, she still retains her role as CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and also sits on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann, RTL Group’s majority shareholder.
RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 53 television channels and 28 radio stations in ten countries, and content production operations around 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, and Hungary, and Antena 3 in Spain – the company also operates the joint venture channel Big RTL Thrill in India and has interests in Russia’s National Media Group. RTL 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 creates over 9,200 hours of programming a year and distributes over 20,000 hours of content worldwide.
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is one of the leading media companies in Germany and the strongest profit centre of RTL Group. The broad range of activities includes six free-TV channels with their respective online video-on-demand and TV sites, as well as three thematic pay TV channels. In 2012 the number of video views on online platforms of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland including transactional sites and verticals exceeded one billion for the first time.


The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony and International Emmy® Kids Awards held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to

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