Highlights of the First Six Months



  • Record reach levels and market share gains in key markets.
  • Streaming services TV Now in Germany and Videoland in the Netherlands show continued strong growth in subscribers.
  • Fremantle restarts film and TV production in many territories following coronavirus-related shutdowns.



  • Bertelsmann acquires full ownership of the world’s largest trade publishing group.
  • Growth in the leading book market, the United States: Strong bestsellers, total availability of its titles in digital formats, and state-of-the-art logistics prove advantageous during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Penguin Random House connects with audiences worldwide through virtual events, social media campaigns and online book recommendations.

Gruner + Jahr


  • G+J teamed up with the Audio Alliance to establish new podcasts such as “Die Stunde Null – Deutschlands Weg aus der Krise” (Zero Hour – Germany’s Way out of the Crisis), the “Stern” podcast “Wir und Corona” (Us and Corona), and “Geolino Spezial – Gemeinsam gegen Corona.” (Geolino Special – Together against Corona).
  • G+J provided coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in a variety of special publications, such as the first joint special issue of the traditional brands “Stern,” “Capital” and “Geo,” and the “#stayathomeandcook” campaign by “Essen & Trinken” and “Chefkoch.”



  • BMG continues to deliver organic growth.
  • Creative success and key signings in the label and publishing business.
  • Strong streaming business and support for artists and songwriters during the coronavirus pandemic.



  • The international information services provider Experian acquired a majority stake in Arvato Financial Solutions’ Risk Management division.
  • Arvato Supply Chain Solutions recorded strong demand for e-commerce services in the first half of the year and further expanded its logistics network.
  • Arvato Systems became further established as a leader in cloud, according to analyst evaluations, and supported numerous customers in realizing home office solutions.
  • Between March and June, Majorel swiftly set up more than 35,000 remote workstations for its own employees worldwide.



  • Mohn Media wins another major customer in the retail sector and strengthens the important brochure segment.
  • Edeka and the DeutschlandCard multi-partner rewards program renew their long-standing and successful partnership for another five years.
  • The Bertelsmann Printing Group puts two new sheetfed printing presses into operation at Mohn Media and Vogel Druck.



  • The Bertelsmann Education Group benefits from increased demand for online education and training.
  • Relias provides prevention and hygiene courses free of charge to customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Udacity introduces new nanodegrees in emerging technologies and sees increased demand from B2B sector.



  • Bertelsmann Investments’ global investment network grows to more than 240 companies and funds.
  • Focus on supporting the existing portfolio during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as 15 new investments via the BAI and BDMI funds.
  • Expansion of global activities through fund investments, including in Vertex Ventures in Southeast Asia and India and Alpha Intelligence Capital in Europe.