Thomas Bellut
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Managing Director

Bellut became director general of German public television broadcaster ZDF in 2012 after serving as the company’s program director for a decade. The former journalist had earlier worked as a
correspondent and managing editor in the news division covering domestic affairs. As director general, Bellut has made quality drama a priority, and it has paid off in “Generation War,” a major global success; “Tannenbach,” about a town on Germany’s east-west border; and the 1950s-set drama “Ku’damm 59.” Other recent highlights include Oscar winner Volker Schlöndorff’s TV drama “Der namenlose Tag.” In an effort to align the company with global streaming outfits, he is seeking to partner with other German broadcasters to launch a domestic OTT platform.


  • ZDF
  • Westfälische Nachrichten
  • Reporters Without Borders (Germany)


  • Westphalian Wilhelms University (Germany)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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