Archives For digital media

TV Reality

January 1, 2013

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Following successes at SPORT1, Andrew Luedders accepted a new challenge to manage the network of digital entertainment properties of German television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. From sat1.de and ran.de to prosieben.de, kabeleins.de and sixx.de, each property presented unique challenges. Working closely with the programming departments of the tv network, Andrew oversaw multiple teams of digital media experts and interfaced with technology, marketing and sales experts within the company. The reality of TV is that making things look great on screen takes real ingenuity and invisible hard work behind the scenes. As with TV shows, some digital properties succeed, while others fail, regardless of the time and effort put into them.  Top ratings for The Voice of Germany and the relaunch of sixx.de prove that nothing motivates more than success. Harmonization of legacy platforms and business analytics, introduction of responsive design for optimized mobile performance and the development of innovative new applications for social TV were just a few of the initiatives happening “behind the scenes”.

Faced with an opportunity to pursue new challenges abroad, Andrew left Germany after 20 years in the digital media arena to begin a new career as an independent digital media consultant in Switzerland and Asia.

Going for Gold

January 1, 2013

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In an increasingly fast-paced and competitive digital media arena, Andrew Luedders accepted the call in 2007 by Germany’s number one sports website to head up efforts to relaunch the digital offering of SPORT1.de. As Director, Products & Development at Constantin Medien AG, Andrew and his team of software developers, editors, digital marketing and sales experts expanded the video offering and introduced new mobile apps and social media initiatives to the 3 million customers visiting its website some 30 million times each month. Through their focus on user experience, SEO and continuing innovation, Andrew and his team were able to maintain Sport1’s leadership position.

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With the further expansion of Deutsche Telekom’s nationwide xDSL network, Andrew Luedders was tasked with the creation of a next generation entertainment platform. Following the successful trials in 2004, Andrew led a team of digital experts to introduce a full range of IPTV services in 2005-2006. Working closely with technology partners at Microsoft, Andrew worked with Microsoft to create the largest IPTV project in Europe and second largest worldwide featuring over 160 TV / HDTV channels, 1500 VOD films, advanced PVR functionality, secure parental controls, a user-friendly program guide and many other new features.

Content is King

January 1, 2013

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During the rapid expansion of broadband internet access in Germany in 2002, Andrew Luedders was asked to spearhead a new initiative to provide digital content for customers with high-speed internet access. The forward looking project – aptly called T-Online Vision – showcased new applications and content, from music videos, games, news and sports to Germany’s first interactive movie “Jack Point Jack”, marking T-Online’s debut as a film distributor along side MTV and RTL. The broadband portal introduced digital paid-content to the German market and integrated new technologies such as games-on-demand in cooperation with other innovative global technology companies such as exent. The successful showcase became a pre-cursor to T-Online’s introduction of video on demand and IPTV trials in 2003-2004.