Thomas Bellut
Markus Hintzen
Germany
2020

ZDF

Thomas
Bellut

Managing Director

Once a ZDF correspondent and presenter, Bellut took the top job at the public-service broadcaster in 2012. Despite Germany’s highly competitive TV landscape, he’s kept ZDF the most watched channel there for eight years in a row, with some 40% of its schedule dedicated to informative content. During the pandemic, it held its position as one of Germany’s most popular news sources thanks to specials and one-offs, news programs “Heute” (“Today”) and “Heute Journal” and political talk show “Maybrit Illner,” named for the award-winning German journalist. Drama is also a major focus for Bellut, with series “Ku’damm 63” and “Bad Banks” popular at home and abroad. ZDF’s eight-episode Danish-German disaster series “Sloborn,” about a deadly bird-flu disease, was filmed last year yet is eerily remi­niscent of the current pandemic.

Career

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

Education

  • Westphalian Wilhelms University (Germany)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree

Philanthropy

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