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Bedrock delivers cutting-edge video streaming platforms to broadcasters and media companies in Europe for more than 35 million users. Founded by M6 Group and formed as a joint venture with RTL Group (Bertelsmann) in 2020, Bedrock relies on more than 10 years' experience and 250+ team members.
Bedrock is the only large-scale strategic media player that offers an all-inclusive partnership model around its streaming platform
Delivering state-of-the-art performance on par with global streaming giants
The cost for our partners is similar to running a local streaming platform on their own
With more than 20 years’ experience in the media and technology industry, and a professional career spanning almost a dozen countries, Jonas brings extensive expertise and a proven track record for leading business growth and international expansion. He joined RTL Group in 2007 in various strategy and business development positions. From 2013, he led the launch of RTL Group channels in India, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RTL CBS Asia, which was launched across 19 territories. In 2017, he served for two years as Head of iflix Asia – rolled out in 13 countries. Prior to joining Bedrock, he had rejoined RTL Group in 2019 as Senior Vice President Global Operations Management VOD. Jonas holds a Master in Economics and a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Thomas holds two decades of experience in large infrastructure build up, software development and operations management in media, telecommunications and OTT technologies. Prior to joining Bedrock, he was previously Chief Technology Officer at OTT platform Molotov for three years. From 2009 to 2016, Thomas held various senior roles at telecom company SFR, first as Director of TV Engineering Set-top Boxes & Mobile Services, and then as Director of Fixed and Mobile Networks. Before joining SFR, he held various management positions in IT engineering at NEUF Cegetel for eight years after starting his career as a Project Manager at Capgemini in 1998.
Thomas is a graduate from Institut National Agronomique Paris
With 15 years of experience in media industries, Matthieu leads the product teams of Bedrock and has been driving product developments since its inception. Since 2017, he has been Director of Product and Innovation at M6 Distribution (6Play). Matthieu joined M6 Group in 2008 as a Product Manager VOD & Interactive TV and then moved to a Head of Product and Innovation position where he was responsible for OTT, IPTV and AVOD/SVOD projects. Before joining M6 Group, he worked in various marketing roles in the telecom industry at AOL and Coriolis.
Matthieu holds a Master degree in Management and Marketing from Paris Dauphine University.
Nicolas brings 15 years of experience in media & technology, mostly in digital task forces and international environments. Before joining Bedrock, he was Vice President in charge of Partnerships, Brand and Business Development at OTT platform Molotov since 2016. Prior to this role, he was Head of Consumer Division at Oodrive, a cloud-based software company.
From 2006 to 2013, Nicolas held various positions at TF1 Group, first as Senior Manager Strategy and Innovation and then as Head of Distribution for free-to-air, PayTV and streaming services. Nicolas Auffret holds a Master in Management from EDHEC Business School.
Kenny brings almost 20 years of experience in web, mobile, IPTV and OTT technologies.
Prior to his appointment, he was Deputy Chief Technology Officer at M6 Distribution (6Play) since 2018. Kenny joined M6 Group in 2008 as Head of Studies and Development at M6 Web following the acquisition of Cyrealis where he had worked as a Web Developer since 2006.
Kenny is a graduate from Technology Universitary Institute of Bourg en Bresse
Olivier has over 20 years of experience in software architecture and development.
He was previously Deputy Chief Technology Officer at M6 Distribution (6Play) since 2018. Olivier joined M6 Group in 2012 as a Project Manager for M6 Web and later on as Head of Backend Technologies. He started his career in 2003 in software development and held various roles in business unit management, project management and IT directorship.
Olivier holds a Master in Computer Science from CESI Engineering School.
François brings 15 years of experience in product development and media licensing.
Since 2019, he has been Deputy Director in charge of Product Development at M6 Distribution (6Play). François joined M6 Group in 2012 as a VOD Senior Project Manager at M6 Web and later moved to a Deputy Head of Innovation role in 2015. Prior to joining M6 Group, he had started his career at Toei Animation Europe in 2008 as a Licensing & New Media Manager.
François holds a Master in East Asian Humanities from University Paris Diderot with a Monbukagakusho Scholarship from Waseda University, and a Master in Entertainment and Media Administration from University Paris La Sorbonne.
Charles has over 10 years of experience in business development and M&A in the broadcast media industry in a wide variety of countries. He was previously Senior Manager in charge of Business Development at M6 Group where he led diversification projects involving M6 Publicité since 2017. Before joining M6 Group, he worked from 2013 to 2017 in a M&A Director capacity at Oaklins in Turkey. Prior to this role, he worked for 5 years in various strategy and business development roles at RTL Group in Europe and Asia, where he was involved in several M&A transactions and launched RTL Group’s channels in India.
Charles holds a Master of Science in Management from ESSEC Business School.
Nicolas de Tavernost has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Groupe M6 since May 2000. He started his career in 1974 at the French Foreign Trade Department and then held several positions in ministerial cabinets. From 1981 to 1986, de Tavernost headed various governmental delegations, and eventually worked as director of the audiovisual activities at Lyonnaise des Eaux. In 1987 he joined M6 as Managing Director and became President of the advertising sales house M6 Publicité in 1988.
Valéry Gerfaud is a member of the Executive Committee of Group M6 since November 2007 and General Manager in charge of Distribution, Digital, Innovation and Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for the digital transformation of the Group, with a specific focus on increasing the linear and non-linear distribution of the television and radio antennas through OTT services or partnerships with distributors. He also manages the technology teams working on television and radio broadcasting as well as digital services.
Before, he held several senior roles within telecommunication company SFR including BtoC Marketing Manager and Mobile Multimedia Program Manager and has also been COO at Club Internet (T-Online France).
Valéry Gerfaud is an engineer graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the ENSAE.
In 1992, he started his career at the Felix Schoeller Group, becoming Vice President & General Manager of Felix Schoeller Digital Imaging in the UK in 1999. Elmar Heggen first joined the RTL Group Corporate Centre in 2000 as Vice President Merger & Acquisitions. In January 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Controlling & Investments. From July 2003 until December 2005 he was Executive Vice President Strategy & Controlling.
Since January 2006, Elmar Heggen has served on the RTL Group Executive Management team. From October 2006 till August 2019, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of the Corporate Centre of RTL Group.
In January 2018, Elmar Heggen, while remaining CFO, also became Deputy CEO of RTL Group. In April 2018, Elmar Heggen was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6.
In August 2019, Elmar Heggen took over the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Elmar Heggen is responsible for coordinating and further optimising the operations across the Group’s international footprint. As Executive Director, he continues to serve on RTL Group’s Board of Directors. In February 2020, he joined the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee.
Elmar Heggen holds a diploma in business administration from the European Business School and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in finance.
Andreas Fischer, born in 1970, became Head of Business Development at RTL Group in July 2019. In January 2020, he was promoted to Executive Vice President Business Development.
Andreas started his career at RTL Group in 2000 and has worked in various functions before joining RTL Group’s Strategy & Controlling department in 2010, where he became Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions in 2011. In 2013, he took over the management and coordination of RTL Group’s Synergy Committees. In September 2015, Andreas became Senior Vice President Business Development & Emerging Markets. He was appointed Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia on 1 January 2017. Andreas was appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast & Content in March 2018.
Andreas holds a law degree from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (Germany) and a Master of Laws degree from University of New South Wales and University of Sydney (Australia).
RTL Group becomes a 50% shareholder of Bedrock. RTL Netherlands’ Videoland and RTL XL to join the platform in 2021.
RTL Group announces that Groupe M6’s tech unit rebranded ‘Bedrock’ will build the technology backbone of RTL’s streaming services. Bedrock is designated by Salto (JV formed by TF1, France Télévisions and M6) to become the technology provider of the new subscription service due to be launched in 2020.
Start of multi-territory expansion with RTL Play in Belgium, RTL Most in Hungary and RTL Play in Croatia.
Deployment of new data-centric assets with the development of advanced personalization and recommendation stacks.
Streaming platform is rebranded 6Play and is upgraded with new interactive and social TV features.
M6 Replay is deployed on the set-top-boxes of IPTV distributors Orange/SFR and becomes the first AVOD platform in France with pre-roll / mid-roll video ads enabled.
M6 launches France’s first OTT catchup-TV service named M6 replay.