Karajica's exit from ProSiebenSat.1 prompts rejig at 7Sports
7Sports, the sports business division of German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, has announced a managerial restructure following the exit of Zeljko Karajica, the experienced media rights executive.
Karajica (pictured) had overseen 7Sports since its launch in July 2016 alongside Stefan Zant, and was also chief operating officer and managing director of ProSiebenSat.1’s German broadcast arm in 2012.
He stepped down "at his own request," the company said.
As a result, Thomas Port has switched from his role as managing director of SevenOne Media, the ProSiebenSat.1-owned advertising agency, to become one of two managing directors of 7Sports, joining Zant.
Karajica said: “For me it is now time to set off for new entrepreneurial shores. I am convinced that the great team from 7Sports will continue to write the success story. I would like to thank all employees for their commitment, but also their belief in the shared vision of 7Sports.”
ProSiebenSat.1 explained: “ProSiebenSat.1 is setting itself on the course for the further growth of its sports business unit. In the future, 7Sports will position itself as a leading digital sports marketer in the German-speaking region with strategic 360-degree partnerships.
“Through this, not only will our own products and activities be marketed, but also co-operations with third parties will be strategically implemented.”
Karajica joined ProSiebenSat.1 in 2012 from Sport1, where he had been managing director for three years.
Last April, 7Sports increased its stake in DOSB New Media GmbH, the company that controls the online sport streaming platform Sportdeutschland.TV, by 10 per cent to 67.5 per cent.
The company has also been busy increasing its involvement in the esports sector.