ProSiebenSat. 1 has confirmed that Andreas Bartl, its executive board member in charge of its German TV operations, will be leaving the group at the start of March.
Bartl will be heading up his own company, Bartl Media, which will develop TV stations, programming and talent. He will continue to advise ProSiebenSat. 1 in that capacity.
His duties on the board will be taken on an acting basis by ProSiebenSat. 1 Group CEO Thomas Ebeling, while ProSieben managing director Jürgen Hörner will be acting chairman for the group’s German TV offerings.
Bartl began his career at ProSieben in 1990, working in program scheduling and as head of programming. He headed up kabel eins for five years, and returned to ProSieben in 2005 as managing director, where he launched such successful entertainment series as Germany’s Next Top Model and Switch Reloaded. He was also behind the launch of female-skewing channel Sixx.
After being appointed to the executive board in 2008, from 2009 to 2011, he headed Sat. 1. As the board member tasked with overseeing TV for the group, he helped usher in an era of integration for Sat.1, kabel eins and ProSieben, and had seen more format success with The Voice of Germany, recently renewed for a second season.
“After 20 exciting years at ProSiebenSat.1, I’d like to pursue a long-cherished wish and take on new challenges as a media entrepreneur,” said Bartl in a statement. “I’m very grateful to the group for the opportunities it has offered me on this long, exciting path.”
“Andreas Bartl has helped shape ProSiebenSat.1 in ways that hardly anyone else can match,” offered Ebeling. “You could almost call his career with us a classic. He came out of the ‘machine room,’ as he himself likes to say, and built up more and more management experience on that solid foundation, until he finally came to manage Germany’s largest integrated family of stations. I can’t begrudge him his decision to go his own way now, after 20 successful years with the group. There too he’ll be a success, thanks to his creativity, his sound judgment, and his profound understanding of people.”