100 most powerful media people in Serbia

Who are the most powerful people in Serbia? Blic daily will try to answer that question again this year by publishing lists of the most powerful women and men in politics, entertainers, athletes, foreigners, media people and Serbs in the world.

  1. Željko Mitrović

CEO of Pink, Željko Mitrović, still manages to maintain an excellent balance between entertainment programming, domestic and foreign series, but also the political content offered by his television station which has one of the most successful formats in the Balkans. Pink’s reality show „Zadruga“ has been one of the most successful and record-breaking reality shows in the region. The founder, owner and CEO of the company Pink Media Group, Željko Mitrović, also built the biggest film studio in this part of Europe, PFI Studios, where most of the television magic that is watched by millions of viewers is created every day. His media empire is estimated to be worth several hundred million euros and apart from Pink Serbia, it also includes Pink Montenegro, Pink Bosnia and Herzegovina, over 15 satellite channels, City Records music publisher and an airline.

  1. Srđan Milovanović

For years, he was the co-owner of Kopernikus Technology, the second-largest cable operator in Serbia, which Telekom Serbia bought in 2018. In the same year, he took over 100 percent of the founding rights of Antena Group in Serbia and Montenegro. His company also owns Prva Television, B92, Prva TV Montenegro, Play radio station, six cable channels and two websites Prva.rs and B92.net. Milovanović has been the owner of the Kopernikus Corporation since 1998 with his brother Zvezdan. The morning programme of TV Prva has the highest ratings in Serbia.

  1. Vladimir Lučić

Lučić is the CEO of Telekom Serbia and has been working for the company since its inception in 1997. In 2022, for the first time in its history, the company generated over 1 billion euros in revenue, the number of TV subscribers reached 1.2 million, and Internet users 1.1 million. Over the last year, the company installed over 2,000 base stations, while 1.25 million households got access to the optical Internet. From 2018 to date, revenues have increased by 35 percent, i.e. by 31 billion dinars. The number of TV subscribers has almost tripled, from 442,000 to 1.2 million.

  1. Suzana Vasiljević

Suzana Vasiljević has been one of the closest associates of President Aleksandar Vučić for almost a decade. Although she is officially his media adviser, the range of her duties is much wider. She was one of the first officials to become part of Vučić’s cabinet in 2012, when he became Minister of Defence and First Deputy Prime Minister. She studied journalism and German studies in Berlin and film and television at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She worked for several foreign TV stations – BBC, ARD and ORF.

  1. Dragan Bujošević

The current Director General of Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS), worked at Politika daily from 1976 to 1989, and from 1989 to 1993, was deputy editor-in-chief. From 1993 to 1997, he worked at NIN as a journalist and deputy editor-in-chief. He was also the editor-in-chief of Evropljanin magazine, from 2001 until its termination in April 2006.  At the beginning of 2015, he was elected director general of RTS. Although, on January 15, 2019, he became eligible for a regular old-age pension, Bujošević’s term as director of Radio-Television of Serbia was extended.

  1. Dragan Šolak

Founder, co-owner and currently chairman of the advisory board, Šolak is in charge of strategic management and development at the United Media Group. The company today has annual revenues of over 600 million euros. He founded the production house VANS in 1990, and in 2000, he founded KDS in Kragujevac, which grew into Serbian broadband (SBB) in 2004. After a series of acquisitions in Slovenia and Croatia, in 2012, Šolak formed the United Media Group, which became the leading media company in Southeast Europe. It has more than 30 channels in its portfolio – N1, Nova, Grand, Sportklub, IDJ TV… He is also the owner of the English Superleague club FC Southampton.

  1. Jelena Drakulić Petrović

She has been the CEO of Ringier Serbia for 15 years. For more than 10 years, the Blic.rs website has been the most read regional news website with 3.3 million unique users per month. In 2022, she successfully transformed the company’s operations by focusing on the production of TV and video content. Drakulić-Petrović is the initiator of the Digital Serbia Initiative, and nine years ago she founded the Blic Foundation.

  1. Dragan J. Vučićević

In his early career, Dragan Vučićević worked for the daily newspapers Politika, Blic, Glas Havnosti and Demokratija. In the period after the year 2000, he was one of the founders of the daily newspapers Nacional, Kurir and Pres. Vučićević left Press in December 2011 and founded Insider Team d.o.o., the company that owns Informer. In addition to being the editor-in-chief of Informer, Vučićević was the host of the show “Teška Reč” for a long time. He graduated in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science. Informer has long been the number 1 newspaper in Serbia in terms of circulation figures.

  1. Olivera Zekić

Zekić was re-elected as a member of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) Council on December 17, 2020, and as president of that body on December 21. In October 2021, the REM Council proposed her as a member of the Temporary Supervisory Body for media monitoring during the election campaign. From 1996 to 1999, she was a journalist and editor at Dnevni Telegraf daily and then worked as a PR manager at the Ministry of Science and Technology.

  1. Igor Žeželj

He became known to the general public in the mid-1990s as one of the leaders of the 1996/97 student protests, when, together with Cedomir Jovanovic, Cedomir Antic, Vladimir Dobrosavljevic and Aleksandar Ciric, he founded the Student Political Club (Studentski politički klub).Žeželj is the proprietor and director of Wireless Media, as well as the new owner of the Kurir daily, 12 websites and 14 magazines published by Adria Media Group. He took over the Group from Aleksandar Rodic. In 2020, the Sasomange ad website, Klasik TV and Kurir TV and DOX TV were added to the company’s portfolio. Žeželj has been the president of the IAB Board of Directors since 2017, while since 2004, he has been the owner and director of the digital company Wireless Media and several other companies in digital marketing, telecommunications, IT and content production.

The list also includes Mladen Bašić, communication adviser to Serbian PM, Ana Brnabić, Marko Stjepanović, editor-in-chief of the printed edition of Blic daily, Milorad Vučelić, editor-in-chief of Večernje Novosti daily and director of FC Partizan, Aleksandra Subotić, CEO of United Media Group (N1, Nova TV, Nova.rs and Danas daily), Jasmina Stojanov, proprietor and director of media buying company Nova Communications, Veselin Jevrosimović, owner of ComTrade Group, Milan Ćulibrk, editor-in-chief of NIN daily, Jovana Joksimović, editor-in-chief of Tanjug press agency and editor at K1 TV where she anchors morning programme, Veljko Lalić, editor-in-chief of Nedeljnik weekly, Igor Božić, news director at N1, Katarina Pavlović, programme director at Prva TV and B92, Nenad Lj. Stefanović, editor of the news programme at RTS, Martina Sosić, director of Direct Media agency and others.

(Blic, 30.01.2023)



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