BERLIN — RTL chief operating officer Anke Schaeferkordt will replace Gerhard Zeiler as head of RTL Television and its other German channels Sept. 1, the broadcaster announced Wednesday.
Schaeferkordt, former head of RTL-owned web Vox, has been COO since February, when Zeiler sacked former RTL Television chief Marc Conrad after only three months on the job.
Zeiler has been running Germany’s biggest commercial broadcaster and Luxembourg-based parent RTL Group since then.
Zeiler unofficially announced Schaeferkordt’s appointment to the top job at RTL Television at last week’s Cologne Conference when he quipped, “It’s no secret that Anke Schaeferkordt will be my successor.”
Schaeferkordt will oversee Vox, which primarily airs Hollywood series and films; RTL’s interests in RTL II; tyke web Super RTL, a joint venture with Disney; and news channel N-TV, a joint venture with Time Warner.
Move will leave Zeiler to focus on running RTL Group, Europe’s biggest broadcasting company.
Schaeferkordt got her start at RTL Group parent Bertelsmann in 1988, moving to RTL Television in 1991.
After a four-year stint there, she moved to Vox. She became Vox’s managing director in 1999 and oversaw the web’s growth with successful U.S. series such as “Ally McBeal,” “Boston Public,” “CSI,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Six Feet Under.”