ARTE's backstage

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ARTE's backstage

How does it work?

One head office, two members

ARTE GEIE, ARTE France and ARTE Deutschland

The head office in Strasbourg is responsible for the programmation and the diffusion of the programmes, the two members ARTE France based in Paris and ARTE Deutschland based in Baden Baden jointly fund ARTE GEIE and provide most of the programmes.

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The ARTE group and its decision-making bodies



Head office

ARTE is made up of three separate companies in France and Germany: the Strasbourg based European Economic Interest Grouping ARTE GEIE plus two member companies, ARTE France and ARTE Deutschland which are represented in ARTE GEIE’s decision making bodies.


in Strasbourg

located in Strasbourg on the Franco-German border, in the vicinity of the European institutions.

Management Board


The Management Board directs the channel's operations and reports regularly to the General Assembly

Peter Boudgoust

President ARTE GEIE

Anne Durupty

Vice President ARTE GEIE

Bernd Mütter

Programme Director, Member of the Management Board, Chairperson of the Programme Committee

Emmanuel Suard

Administrative Director and member of the Management Board

General Assembly


The general assembly makes fundamental decisions of strategic importance to the channel, approves the business plan, appoints the members of the management board and top managerial staff to ARTE GEIE

Nicolas Seydoux

Chairperson of the General Assembly ARTE GEIE

Dr Thomas Bellut

Vice Chairperson of the General Assembly ARTE GEIE

Programme Committee


The Programme Committee sets the channel's editorial policy and drafts the programming schedule

Programme Advisory Committee


The Programme Advisory Committee advises the Management Board and the General Assembly on programming issues



In both France and Germany, 95% of funding for the channel comes from the direct tax on home television sets


The German member

ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH

The German member

ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH

The entire German contribution to ARTE consists of programmes, often television premieres, which have been either purchased or produces by ARD and ZDF

Dr Markus Nievelstein

Managing Director ARTE Deutschland and ARTE Coordinator of the ARD

Wolfgang Bergmann

Managing Director ARTE Deutschland and ARTE Coordinator of the ZDF

General Assembly

ARTE Deutschland

Chairperson: Lutz Marmor, Vice Chairperson: Dr Thomas Bellut

Programme advisory committee

ARTE Deutschland

Chairperson: Dr Michael-Andreas Butz, ZDF, Vice Chairperson: Dr Thomas Wurzel, HR

Shareholders ARD and ZDF

and its coordinators

The structure of the Baden-Baden based company mirrors the de-centralised organisation of German federal public broadcasting


The French member

ARTE France

The French member

ARTE France and its subsidiaries in Issy-Les-Moulineaux near Paris

Decision-making bodies

Executive Board, Supervisory Board and General Assembly of ARTE France

Véronique Cayla

President ARTE France

Anne Durupty

Chief Executive Officer

Bruno Patino

Editorial Director

Olivier Guillemot

Director of Management and Coordination


European Partners

Partnership and Cooperation Agreements

9 Partners

9 times more viewpoints, 9 times more horizons, 9 times more culture, 9 times more stories

The agreements of ARTE GEIE with other European public service broadcasters demonstrates ARTE’s commitment to broadcast programmes that bring Europe’s creativity and diversity to the fore.

ARTE also co-produces groundbreaking programmes with other television channels throughout the world, including the US public service broadcaster PBS with which ARTE has signed an agreement to co-produce documentaries.


Development of coproductions with ARTE and participation in Programme Committee meetings in an advisory capacity


Development of coproductions, exchange of programmes and participation in ARTE's decision-making and advisory bodies in a consultant capacity