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Bertelsmann’s New Annual Report Highlights Creativity and Entrepreneurship

May 15, 2019
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  • New Annual Report now available
  • The year’s motto: “What drives us – creativity and entrepreneurship”
  • 3D sound technology for a special audio experience

The new Annual Report of the international media, services and education company Bertelsmann is now available online and in printed form. The publication focuses on creativity and entrepreneurship. Bertelsmann possesses great creative diversity and spends around six billion euros a year on creative content.

“Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. These two values are what drive our company, and therefore form the focus of our new Annual Report,” said Karin Schlautmann, Executive Vice President Corporate Communications at Bertelsmann. “With this publication, we are once again communicating the advances made in our growth strategy, as well as the diversity of our creative offerings, which reach more than a billion people worldwide every day. As always, we have enriched the online version of the report with numerous extras such as videos and audio samples. A special highlight this year: the use of 3D sound technology.”

One of Bertelsmann’s creative successes was the publication of Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” last year. On the entrepreneurial side, Bertelsmann acquired the US online education provider OnCourse Learning in 2018 – one of the largest takeovers in the company’s history in the US.

The report consists of separate “image” and “financial” sections. The financial section provides transparent, clearly detailed information on last year’s business figures. In the image section, this year’s motto is illustrated by colorful collages made up of creative and entrepreneurial highlights from the 2018 financial year.

The interactive online version of the Annual Report contains a variety of extra content, including a video with 3D sound technology. The viewers are guided through the Bertelsmann Highlights 2018 with corresponding 3D sound elements. Unlike stereo or Dolby, this innovation enables an extraordinary 360-degree listening experience – the charismatic voices of Michelle Obama and Guido Maria Kretschmer, among others, literally surround the listener. The unusual thing: any headset can play the 3D sound.

To visualize the motto: “What drives us: Creativity and Entrepreneurship,” three glass steles were also developed for the company’s Annual Press Conference, which effectively stage the colorful collages using special lighting.

About Bertelsmann

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 promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.

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