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 previously worked as a correspondent and managing editor in the news division covering domestic affairs. Since the move, he has made quality dramas a priority while continuing to produce popular non-scripted fare, and it has paid off in “Generation War,” a major global success; the 1950s-set miniseries “Ku’damm 59”; and long-running natural-history and science series “Terra X.” In an effort to better compete on the streaming front, Bellut has called for cross-linking the content of on-demand services with other public broadcasters instead of attempting to set up one central OTT platform.


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


  • Westphalian Wilhelms University (Germany)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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