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Bernadette Schugg to become third CEO of Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion

Mainz, September 6th, 2021

Bernadette Schugg will join Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmH, a subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises GmbH, as its third CEO on April 1st, 2022. She will succeed Jutta Lieck-Klenke, who has led the company to great success in recent years and has had a lasting impact. Bernadette Schugg will take over the management of the Hamburg site in tandem with Lasse Scharpen, who launched the development of the “Studio Zentral” in Berlin two years ago and will continue to drive this project forward. Jutta Lieck-Klenke will remain with the company as a freelance producer.

This was announced by Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises, in his capacity of Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board. “Jutta Lieck-Klenke has notched up some outstanding achievements for Network Movie and the ZDF Enterprises network,” says Fred Burcksen. “We’d like to thank her for her impressive successes and are delighted that she will continue to support us as a freelance producer. At the same time, we’re pleased to have been able to appoint Bernadette Schugg, a proven expert, as her successor and wish her every success and all the best in her future work.”

Theatre scholar Bernadette Schugg started her career in 1990 at Bayerischer Rundfunk. The next stops on her career path took her to RTL and ProSieben before she switched sides in 1998, initially taking responsibility for numerous successful TV films and series for public and private broadcasters, first as executive producer, then as producer. Since 2011 she has worked as producer and sole managing director of Moviepool GmbH in Munich.

Bernadette Schugg on her future task: “It is a great honour and pleasure for me to be succeeding Jutta Lieck-Klenke, allowing me to work with fantastic colleagues like Wolfgang Cimera and Lasse Scharpen in the near future to help shape the future of the company! I have personally enjoyed a respectful and friendly collegial relationship with Network Movie for many years and a trusting collaboration with ZDF for more than 20. It’s for this reason that, in these exciting times, I’m now particularly looking forward to tackling the production challenges with a highly motivated and skilled team at our sites in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Munich and to working with the best creative minds in our industry. I am glad that we will continue to have Jutta Lieck-Klenke at our side as a ‘guarantor of quality’ in the capacity of freelance producer. I would like to thank the Tellux Group for the trust they’ve placed in me over the last 10 years as managing director of the Moviepool subsidiary.”

Lasse Scharpen on the new personnel set-up: “I’m very pleased to be working with Bernadette Schugg to advance the versatility of our developments over a broad front. On the one hand, we’ll be focusing on continuity and doing everything we can to maintain the quality of the films that is the hallmark of Jutta Lieck-Klenke and her team. On the other, we will work together across the sites to develop new series formats, series and films tailored to meet the demands of the changing audience structures.”


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 and is responsible for worldwide program distribution, international co-productions, program acquisition as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for broadcaster ZDF, and for third parties. Bound into a strong group of 18 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, ZDF Enterprises manages the largest German-language program stock worldwide and an impressive portfolio of international productions, consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. ZDF Enterprises provides a comprehensive, full-service offering and covers every step in the chain of creation and exploitation of successful content, from development to production and marketing. Website:

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
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Bernadette Schugg © Arvid Uhlig
Jutta Lieck-Klenke