Germany’s Reiner Moritz is the International TV Distribution Hall of Fame honoree for VideoAge’s MIP-TV issue. Moritz is world renowned for his arts programs, which he now sells through the London-based Poorhouse International.

His professional TV career spans 55 years and it’s still going strong. Moritz began his career as a newspaper journalist, until he joined Leo Kirch’s Beta Film at the age of 23. He went on to found RM Productions in Munich (which became a subsidiary of Kirch Gruppe), and later Poorhouse International. Poorhouse concentrates on major music documentaries and represents selected producers.

In 1995, MIPCOM named Moritz an Officier des l’Ordre de Arts et des Lettres in honor of the 25th anniversary of RM Productions. It’s fitting that we’ll be feting Moritz in our MIP-TV issue, as he has attended dozens of markets in his career, the first of which was Mifed in Milan in the early 1960s.

Moritz will be the eighth TV executive to receive the honor from VideoAge. Our previous issues of VideoAge have honored pioneers Alan Silverbach (U.S.), Marcel Vinay Sr. (Mexico), Max Gusberti (Italy), Bruce Gordon (Australia), Herb Lazarus (U.S.), Pedro Leda (Argentina) and Cuban-born Armando Nuñez Sr.

The International TV Distribution Hall of Fame was created by VideoAge to recognize and honor the contributions of pioneers in the international TV distribution business from all over the world. who with their creativity, resourcefulness and professionalism, have helped create an industry responsible for the development of television as we know it today.