Prof. Dr. Stefan Sporn

Prof. Dr. Stefan Sporn

Of-Counsel | Attorney at Law | Lecturer

Stefan Sporn is an expert in media and copyright law and related areas of law, including topics linked to artificial intelligence (AI). For more than 30 years, he held various management positions in the media industry with responsibility for film licensing, TV production, corporate development, program and channel distribution, dubbing, among others. His most recent function was Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Splendid Medien AG with responsibility for corporate development, communications, legal and personnel and at the same time  Managing Director at Splendid Synchron GmbH. Prior to this, he spent 22 years at RTL Deutschland in leading positions, most recently as Managing Director of RTL International GmbH. The company manages the international business of licensing TV channels to network operators and platforms. He has represented RTL’s interests in many international organizations of broadcasters as a member of the supervisory and management boards. In the meantime, he was Managing Director of the Verwertungsgesellschaft (VG) Media GmbH in Berlin, which now operates as Corint Media GmbH.

Born in Lower Saxony, he previously worked for many years as a journalist for print, radio and TV. Sporn has taught copyright and media law as an honorary professor at the TH Cologne for many years, is spokesman for the advisory board of the Cologne Research Center for Media Law and a member of the International Board of Advisers (IBoA) of the TH Cologne. He is the author of numerous publications on media and copyright law and a regular moderator or speaker at international specialist congresses (ANGAcom, gamescom congress, NEM / Dubrovnik etc.).


Media Law
Copyright Law / Copyright Collectives
Film & TV

  • 2022 – 2024 Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Splendid Medien AG
  • 2022 – 2023 Managing Director of Splendid Synchron GmbH
  • 2009 – 2010 Managing Director of Verwertungsgesellschaft Medien (VG Media GmbH), Berlin
  • 2000 – 2022 Various management functions within RTL Germany, including Managing Director RTL International GmbH (2020 – 2022) and Senior Vice President (SVP) International Distribution (2017 – 2020)
  • Admitted to the bar since 2007
  • 2000 PhD at the University of Mainz (scholarship holder of the Axel Springer Foundation and prize winner of the Dr. Feldbausch Foundation)
  • 1998 – 2000 Consultant at the Institute for European Media Law (EMR) and in the legal department of WDR, Cologne
  • 1990 – 2000 Freelance journalist for print, radio and TV
  • 1990 – 1997 Studied law in Hanover and Cologne (1st exam) and legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Celle (2nd exam)
Other Activities
  • Honorary Professor at the Technical University (TH) Cologne
  • Lecturer in Media and Copyright Law at TH Cologne
  • Spokesperson for the Advisory Board of the Cologne Research Center for Media Law at TH Cologne
  • Member of the International Board of Advisers (IBoA) of TH Cologne

20 Jahre „Die Ländermedienanstalt“ – Entwicklung der Medienaufsicht in Deutschland
Stefan Sporn, 2022, Hg.: Cole/Schiedermair/Wagner

Urteilsanmerkung zu Österreichischer OGH „Hotel Edelweiß II“ v. 23.8.2018 in GRUR Int. 3/2019, S. 303 ff

Recht der Verwertungsgesellschaften, in: Schwartmann (Hrsg.), Praxishandbuch Medien-, IT- und Urheberrecht, 4. Auflage 2018

Schwartmann/Sporn (Hrsg.): Landesmediengesetz Nordrhein-Westfalen Kommentar der §§ 1-3, 10-17, 23-38, 39-51, 57, 59-67, 87-99, 110-117 LMG NRW mit kostenlosen Ergänzungen, C.F. Müller 2013

Ein Grundrecht der Medienfreiheit – Gleiches Recht für alle?!, in K&R Beihefter 2/2013, S. 2

Konsequenzen der Konvergenz – Juristische Hot Spots, in: Schneider (Hrsg.), Management von Medienunternehmen, 1. Auflage 2013

Ich will zum Fernsehen, in: Beck’scher Referendarführer 2012/13

Electronic Program Guides, gemeinsam mit Sebastian Kocks, Schriftenreihe der Forschungsstelle für Medienrecht, Band 2, 2011

Commentary  „Journalistenrecht“ (Fechner/Wössner) in: Die Öffentliche Verwaltung 2010, S. 564

Auf dem Weg zur Ländermedienanstalt, in: K&R 2009, 237

Pressegesetze, in: Schiwy/Schütz/Dörr, Medienrecht, Lexikon für Praxis und Wissenschaft, 5. Auflage 2009

Die Ländermedienanstalt, Studien zum deutschen und europäischen Medienrecht, Band 11, 2001

Das Grundrecht der Meinungs- und Informationsfreiheit in einer Europäischen Grundrechtscharta, in: ZUM 2000, 537

„Vielfalt im digitalen Rundfunk”, Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Europäisches Medienrecht, Band 20, 1999

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