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ZDF Enterprises names Ruckauer head of sales

ZDF Enterprises, the distribution arm of the German pubcaster, has promoted Ralf Ruckauer (pictured) to head of sales, overseeing all full-length programming.
January 10, 2012

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), the distribution arm of the German pubcaster, has promoted Ralf Rückauer (pictured) to head of sales, overseeing all full-length programming. The appointment is effective this month.

The 41-year-old was previously sales manager for German-speaking territories and Central and Eastern Europe. A ZDF employee in1999, he worked in the channel’s “Das kleine Fernsehspiel” department, heading up the format development lab “quantum” before moving to ZDF Enterprises and becoming project manager for distribution and investments, with a focus on documentaries.

Prior to that, he was a junior creative producer at Gemini/Colon Filmproduktion in Cologne. “Ralf Rückauer is a long-serving employee who knows the sales portfolio inside out,” said Fred Burcksen, ZDFE VP of sales, merchandising and coproductions, in a statement. “We are confident that with him at the helm of TV program sales, we are going to be best placed to address the challenges and opportunities of the future.

The news comes after Juergen Steimer, ZDFE senior VP of acquisitions and coproductions, last month announced his retirement, as previously reported.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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