STEFAN KÜRTEN – Director of Sports Business at European Broadcasting Union / Eurovision
Stefan Kürten, Director of Eurovision Services & Sports Rights, started his career at the EBU in 2001 as Director of Eurovision Operations, responsible for the EBU/Eurovision’s business strategy and activities. He oversees the commercial exploitation of the Eurovision network as well as the acquisition and sales of sports rights. Since his appointment, the EBU has grown to become a global satellite and fibre network with the Eurovision brand positioned as a global provider of broadcast services for all top international events in news and sports. He has also broadened the sports rights activities to make the EBU more competitive in the greatly changed marketplace. Stefan Kürten initiated the development of the organization into a successful commercial enterprise with subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia and extended the Eurovision network for the provision of worldwide fibre and broadband services. Under his responsibility, the EBU managed to secure major sports rights for its Members including the EURO 2016, FIFA World Cup until 2012, IAAF, IBU, ISU and the newly created European Sport Championships 2018.