Michael Kollatschny was appointed as the new Managing Director of ZDF Digital Mediaproduktion GmbH with effect from 1 January 2021. The announcement was made by Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises GmbH, in his capacity as the company’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “We are delighted to welcome Michael Kollatschny on board of one of the most creative media companies in Germany. Michael is a highly qualified and committed communicator and decision-maker, who commands exceptional industry knowledge and management competence for the role that awaits him," Fred Burcksen said.
After gathering years of experience as a producer and creative editor at Brainpool TV, Fernsehmacher and Kollareuth Media, Michael Kollatschny left Twitter Germany to become Managing Director of Endemol Shine Beyond Germany in 2016. Since then he has also held the position of Director of Light Entertainment and Commercial for Endemol Shine Germany. Formats such as "Big Bounce", "Beat the Box", "Kitchen Impossible," and "Woozle Goozle" as well as CokeTV or campaigns for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation emerged under his management at the Berlin and Cologne locations.
“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 Medienproduktion alongside a committed, talented, and highly motivated team in this time of change,” Michael Kollatschny added on his new role: