Teuton topper on move

Mojto confirms he's stepping down as Kirch Media head

CANNES — One of Europe’s most powerful media executives, Jan Mojto, acknowledged at a Mipcom presentation Tuesday that his role in the Kirch empire is about to undergo substantial changes.

Speaking at a lunch held in Cannes by Kirch Media distribution arm Beta, Mojto said he would stay at parent company Kirch Group and was still interested in overseeing production.

But mystery surrounds the exact future of the enigmatic industry vet who Monday confirmed he was stepping down as head of Kirch Media, which contains the conglom’s free TV, production, licensing and technological assets.

Kirch Media is to merge with its publicly listed broadcasting subsidiary ProSiebenSat 1 next year and will be headed by Dieter Hahn, who will remain Kirch Group deputy CEO.

Mojto has been with the conglom for 21 years, and Kirch execs are eager to keep him onboard. Insiders say one option is to move his beloved production arm from Kirch Media to Kirch Group, or even to break it out as a separate entity for Mojto to head.

Mojto is weighing his options and contemplating the role to carve out for himself. However, the topper won’t be an adviser to the Kirch Foundation, as had been suggested by German press reports on Sunday.

Mojto has held a number of top posts at the conglom including deputy chairman of the board of Kirch Media; director of content and programming; chairman of the Epsilon Mediagroup, a joint venture between Kirch Media and Mediaset operating in the international film and TV business.

He is a member of the supervisory boards of several companies and prexy of the European Commercial Television Association ACT.

Before joining Kirch in 1980, he worked as a journalist specializing in films, theater and literature.

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