Herbert Kloiber, chairman of Germany’s Tele Munchen Group, has been named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France.The order goes to one of French cinema’s staunchest supporters. At Berlin, for instance, TMG’s Concorde, also Lionsgate’s Teutonic distributor, has sealed German-speaking territory rights to the Pathe-produced and sold “Sufragette,” with Carey Mulligan. It also pre-bought Pathe’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “La Famille Belier,” from helmer Eric Lartigau (“The Big Picture”) and produced by Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet and Stephane Celerier’s...
Kloiber began his career at the Kirch Group, becoming managing director of its Unitel division, a film and television production company specializing in opera and concert films.
He acquired Tele Muenchen in 1977 and developed the company’s production operation into the fully integrated and independent media corporation that today includes film and television production unit Clasart film, distribution division Concorde Filmverleih and TV broadcasters RTL II, Tele 5 and Austria’s ATV.
Kloiber is currently looking to sell the loss-making ATV before he turns Tele Muenchen over to his son, Herbert L. Kloiber, in December 2017, when he turns 70. (Among the potential buyers is reported to be ProSiebenSat.1.) In addition to running his vast company, Kloiber also serves as head of the Production and Media Economics department at the University of Television and Film Munich as well as vice president of Vienna’s Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde music association. He also holds a number of Stateside posts, including advisory director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera and chairman of the European Advisory Board of the Cleveland Orchestra.