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ZDF Digital Media Production picks MD

Mainz-based ZDF Digital Media Production has appointed former Endemol Shine Germany and Twitter exec Michael Kollatschny as its new MD.

Michael Kollatschny

Taking up the role at the start of 2021, Kollatschny will replace Carim Aadam, who left the company after six years in the role in July this year.

He will report to Fred Burcksen, president and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, who also serves as chairman of ZDF Digital Media Production’s supervisory board.

Kollatschny joins the digital unit of the German broadcaster’s commercial arm having worked as a producer and editor at companies including Creatv, Brainpool TV, Fernsehmacher and Kollareuth Media.

He left Twitter Germany to become MD of Endemol Shine Beyond Germany in 2016 and most recently served as an executive director at Endemol Shine Germany, having previously been its director of light entertainment and commercial.

During Kollatschny’s time at Endemol Shine Germany, formats such as Big Bounce, Beat the Box, Kitchen Impossible and Woozle Goozle emerged at the company’s Berlin and Cologne offices.

Endemol Shine Germany recently set up a new leadership structure following its parent company’s acquisition by Banijay Group.

Kollatschny said: “Not many companies in our industry offer all the relevant digital disciplines under one roof. I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and working on the future of ZDF Digital Media Production alongside a committed, talented and highly motivated team in this time of change.”

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