Thomas Bellut
Markus Hintzen
Germany
2019

ZDF

Thomas
Bellut

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.

Career

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

Education

  • Westphalian Wilhelms University (Germany)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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