Highlights of the First Six Months
  • Stronger together: RTL Group pools its key online video companies, such as BroadbandTV, StyleHaul and SpotXchange, in “RTL Digital Hub.”
  • Produced by Fremantle Media for RTL Television, sold internationally, hailed by critics: “Deutschland 83” celebrates its debut in the US; six countries follow.
  • The second season of “Sing meinen Song” generates excellent viewer ratings, a huge socialmedia buzz and chart successes for VOX in Germany.
  • Paula Hawkins’s debut novel “The Girl on the Train” sells over 4.5 million copies – more than any other bestseller during the first half of the year.
  • “Grey,” the new book by E. L. James, enjoys record sales, surpassing 3.5 million print, audio and e-book copies sold in the US and UK in its first two publication weeks.
  • The legendary Penguin Classics imprint is launched in Spain and Latin America as Penguin Clásicos.
  • Portfolio expansion: G+J launches the innovative new titles “Walden,” “Stern Crime” and “National Geographic Traveler.”
  • Digital business strengthens with the purchase of holdings in the online shop Danato and the food vertical Delinero, and a partnership with the publishing platform Blendle.
  • G+J provides 50 million euros of investment funds and media services for startups, especially in the Living, Food & Family and Ad Tech sectors.
  • Arvato enters the attractive Latin American market for financial services by buying a stake in the Brazilian financial-services provider Intervalor.
  • The e-commerce growth platform expands internationally.
  • New digital services are introduced to further improve customer communications.
  • State-of-the-art offset technology at Prinovis Dresden allows for an extended range of services, such as short runs in top print quality.
  • Prinovis in Liverpool is awarded the international quality label in Bronze by “Investors in People.”
  • Be Printers renews key printing contracts with major customers.
  • BMG continues its expansion course through acquisitions and new service offerings.
  • The education business expands with the acquisition of Alliant International University and other education investments in Brazil and the US.
  • New investments in growth markets: Bertelsmann banks on burgeoning enthusiasm for e-commerce in India and Brazil’s high demand for education.