Thomas Bellut
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Managing Director

Bellut became director general in 2012 after serving as ZDF’s program director for a decade. Prior to that, the former journalist worked as a correspondent and managing editor in the broadcaster’s news division covering domestic affairs.

Since his appointment as director general, Bellut has made quality drama a priority and it has paid off. ZDF’s hit World War II drama “Generation War” became not only a domestic success but also an overseas hit that went on to win the International Emmy Award for best TV movie or miniseries.

It enjoyed another success with this year’s three-part period drama “Ku’Damm 56: Rebel With a Cause,” which attracted some 6.4 million viewers and a 19.6% share, while upcoming productions include the highly anticipated series “The Same Sky,” a family drama set in Cold War Berlin.

While sports remains important, Bellut, along with ARD, recently turned down a sub-licensing deal with pan-European broadcaster Eurosport for live broadcast rights to the Olympic Games between 2018 and 2014, saying the price that U.S. company Discovery demanded “was significantly too high.”


  • ZDF
  • Westfälische Nachrichten


  • Westphalian Wilhelms University (Germany)


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