Marco Castellaneta takes over management of Ringier Entertainment

Zurich: Since September 2009, Marco Castellaneta heads the new Ringier Entertainment business area on 60 percent basis. As of 1 September, he made a complete change from Head of Company Communications to member of the Ringier Switzerland Management Board. The position as Head of Corporate Communications will be newly occupied.

Under the leadership of Marco Castellaneta, the newly created Ringier Entertainment business area that came into being last year, comprising TV and radio along with events and company activities for Ringier Switzerland, has shown rapid growth during past months. Among other things, through entry into the ticketing area and founding of «The Classical Company» agency, as well as acquisition of rights for the international Rose d’Or television festival. Castellaneta, who since the beginning has headed this new field of business on 60 percent basis, hence changed on 1 September last year to the operations side of business. As member of the Ringier Switzerland Management Board, he now heads this newest field of business with around 300 employees and consolidated turnover in the region of CHF 105 Mio.

The Ringier Entertainment business area includes engagements in Energy Zürich, Radio BE1, SAT.1 (Switzerland), PresseTV, Teleclub, Good News, The Classical Company and the TV and film production offers of RingierTV, as well as the DAB Plus engagement by SMC AG; ticketing activities and the Rose d’Or AG; all under one roof. “All this represents a handful of entertainment that’s come together in a short time – and we shall continue targeted growth in the future and at the same time develop own events”- says Marco Castellaneta.

Following around ten years in the print and radio journalism sector, Lucerne-born Marco Castellaneta (45) commenced activities with Ringier in 1996. He was active in the television sector until 2004 where, among other things, he created and launched the programme konsum.tv on SF2 – along with live ran on the SAT.1 Swiss channel – and later built up and headed the Ringier Company Communications business area. As delegate for the Ringier 175-Year Anniversary, he was responsible for over 30 events in nine European and Asian countries, as well as build-up of the Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. On completing his journalistic and PR courses of study, Marco Castellaneta achieved a master’s degree in communications at the University of Lugano and master’s degree in executive business administration.

Ringier Group Communications