Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination enables first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.
As a creative content company and with strong references to its more than 180-year history, , Bertelsmann’s is culturally engaged on various levels as part of its Culture@Bertelsmann activities. For instance, the Group is strongly dedicated to the preservation of important cultural assets – with a focus on making the cultural heritage accessible, e.g. through its digitization, or through exhibitions and concerts. As a main sponsor of the digital restoration of important silent films, the company also supports many of their performances worldwide. For instance, Bertelsmann hosts the UFA Film Nights not only in Berlin, but also in Brussels, and supports the screening of silent films at festivals around the world. Bertelsmann also owns the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan, a music archive that contains a wealth of unique testimonies to Italian opera history. Bertelsmann is indexing the archival holdings to meet the latest standards and making the cultural treasures accessible for a wide audience.
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