Jan Mojto, born in 1948, is an international film producer and distributor. The core of his corporate group is Beta Film, which, in addition to producing and coproducing national and international film and TV productions, handles more than 15,000 hours of program, making it one of the world’s largest distributors for television, HV and new media. The corporate group, which includes Beta Cinema, Kineos and the classical music label Unitel, also has stakes in many national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Born in Slovakia, Mojto left for the West in the 70s and started his career at the KirchGroup, where he was responsible for the program sector for 14 years until 2001. He was member of numerous supervisory boards such as Mediaset/Italy, Gestevisión Telecinco/Spain and ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and from 1994 – 2002 president of the ACT – Association of Commercial Television in Europe.
Before his years at the KirchGroup, Jan Mojto worked as a journalist, specializing in film, theatre and literature. Mojto, who speaks eight languages, studied literature and history in Bratislava and Munich, and obtained an MBA at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires in Fontainebleau.
Jan Mojto was honoured with the Médaille Charlemagne pour des Médias Européens, as Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur, as Officier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres as well as with the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Trebbia European Award for Support of the Art. He won numerous German and Bavarian TV and Film Awards, the Livetime Achievement Award of the Roma Fiction Festival, was person of honour at the TV-Festival La Rochelle, received the gold medal of the City of Cannes, the MIPTV Medaille d’Honneur and several Echo-Awards for the audiovisual recording of classical music.
Mojto, honorary citizen of the city of Nitra (Slovakia), is member of the board of shareholders of the Bonnier Media Germany (since 2007), teaches at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg and served over nine years as President of the Supervisory Board of the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film (HFF) München.