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Entertainer Thomas Gottschalk has refused an offer from friend Haim Saban to sit on the supervisory board of broadcasting group ProSiebenSat 1 after pressure from pubcaster ZDF, which airs his show “Wetten, dass?”

ZDF execs reportedly fumed at the idea of Gottschalk, its symbol in the same way Jay Leno represents NBC, holding a key post for its rival, which Saban is acquiring.

Saban’s list of supervisory board candidates, to be voted on by share-holders June 16, includes himself, brother Arieh Saban, prexy and chief operating officer Adam Chesnoff, former Fox Kids Europe topper and Saban exec Ynon Kreiz.

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