ARD Degeto

  • Founded: (Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Republic)

Degeto Film GmbH (Degeto for short, also ARD Degeto; artificial word from German Society for Sound and Image) is the joint film purchasing organization of ARD. It is based in Frankfurt am Main on a secondary site of the Hessischer Rundfunk (HR). Its partners are the state broadcasting corporations of the ARD or their advertising subsidiaries.

The company was founded in 1928 as the German Society for Sound and Film e. V. founded and produced and distributed propaganda films for Hitler's government in the 1930s and 1940s. Since 1937 it has operated as Degeto-Kulturfilm G.m.b.H., from 1942 as Degeto Film GmbH. After the reactivation in 1952 by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Hessischer Rundfunk, the company was initially owned by the advertisement in Rundfunk GmbH, a subsidiary of HR, from 1954 and was jointly taken over by the ARD stations in 1959.


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