Frankfurter Societät

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Publishing house of the Frankfurter Societät in Frankenallee

The Frankfurter Societät GmbH is a diversified and digital media company based in Frankfurt am Main in Hesse . It came into being on January 1, 2011, when Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei GmbH repositioned itself for the future in three companies and merged into a holding structure: The publishing division has since operated under Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH, Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei stands for the printing company and the Frankfurter Societät GmbH bundle the administrative tasks of the group. Frankfurter-Societäts-Medien GmbH has been operating under the umbrella brand "Mediengruppe Frankfurt" since mid-2017.

The media group Frankfurt was located together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH majority owned by the nonprofit CONCLUSION Foundation and was from this April 1, 2018, the the the ribs group belonging Zeitungsholding Hesse sold.

Publishing house in 1909 on Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse


The bankers Leopold Sonnemann and Heinrich Bernhard Rosenthal founded the Börsenblatt Frankfurter Geschäftsbericht on July 21, 1856 in Frankfurt am Main . In the course of the following decade, the four-page sheet developed into the “Frankfurter Zeitung”, which over the years has become a national daily newspaper with a worldwide reputation. It appeared in the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei, which was founded in 1860, until August 10, 1943, when, at the instigation of the Nazis, the company was discontinued. Because of its international reputation, the Frankfurter Zeitung continued to appear after 1933, although the Nazi rulers did not like it. The Frankfurter Illustrierte was published at the same time .

Sonnemann showed great openness to technical progress: as early as 1863 he bought two two-cycle presses for newspaper printing, the first of its kind in Germany. In 1879 he had one of the first Augsburg rotary presses installed.

In 1921 the Societäts-Verlag was founded as a book publisher for the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei with a focus on economic issues, history and politics.

After the end of the war, the American military government appointed the publishing merchant Werner Wirthle as trustee of the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei in 1946, who rebuilt the FSD as a modern publishing company.

In 1958, the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei bought the Frankfurter Neue Presse and relocated its entire business to Frankenallee in Frankfurt's Gallus. At the same time, she took over shares in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH and received the printing order for the FAZ from her

In 1978, FSD took over shares in Westdeutsche Verlag und Druckerei GmbH and, starting in 1979, upgraded its own production in the long term: all rotary magazines were converted from lead to photo typesetting and from letterpress to offset printing. In 1985, investments were made in the expansion of the printing plant and the associated processing.

A year later, lead type was switched to a computer-controlled editing, advertising and production system. In 1993 the FSD inaugurated its new, ultra-modern printing center in Mörfelden-Walldorf, thereby setting international standards. In 2001 the subsidiary of FSD, the Süddeutsche Societätsdruckerei , was founded in Maisach , Bavaria . The printing site was given up on December 31, 2014.

In 2011, Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei GmbH repositioned itself in three new companies for the future (Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH, Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei GmbH and Frankfurter Societät GmbH) With this step, the media company is revising the appearance of its companies and business areas.

The business book publisher Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch has been publishing under the umbrella of Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH since 2013. Also in the same year the Holding Frankfurter Societät took over the Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

In 2015 the media group Frankfurter Societät bought the trademark rights and the subscriber base of the Rüsselsheimer Echos, thereby expanding its newspaper business south of the Main.

Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH has been the Frankfurt media group since mid-2017.

Media group Frankfurt

The media group Frankfurt is the umbrella brand under which the individual divisions and subsidiaries occur.

The group's range of products and services includes daily newspapers, advertising newspapers, corporate publishing, books, magazines, marketing, digital agencies, printers and trade fairs. Each business area pursues its own goals, but all are guided by the mission statement of the Frankfurt media group.


MiX am Wednesday GmbH

MiX am Wednesday was a free weekly newspaper that announced weekend dates and gave shopping tips in the city of Frankfurt and the Main-Taunus and Hochtaunus districts. It was discontinued in September 2018.

ZLP newspaper ring local press Bad Vilbel GmbH

The local press newspaper ring includes the free weekly newspapers Bad Vilbeler Anzeiger, Karbener Zeitung and Usinger Land Extra.

RheinMainMedia GmbH

RheinMainMedia is a leading media marketer in the Rhine-Main area. In her portfolio she looks after newspaper and magazine titles as well as websites from the media houses Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH, FAZ and Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH. Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH are equal partners .

Rhein-Main.Net GmbH

Rhein-Main.Net GmbH has been designing and realizing internet projects since 1996. As a full-service Internet service provider, the provider looks after customers of all industries and sizes - from regional medium-sized companies to international organizations and offers agency web design, web development, online marketing as well as "Search Engine Optimization (SEO)" and "Search Engine Advertising (SEA) ".

FSM Mediendienste GmbH

The Rüsselsheimer Echo has been published under the umbrella of FSM Mediendienste GmbH since 2015. The regional newspaper provides local coverage of the city of Rüsselsheim and the surrounding communities of Flörsheim, Kelsterbach, Bischofsheim, Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, Nauheim and Trebur. The supraregional coverage of the Rüsselsheimer Echos comes from the metropolis of Frankfurt from the Frankfurter Neue Presse. The centerpiece, the local editorial office, is based in Rüsselsheim.

Former subsidiaries

Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei GmbH

Today's Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei (FSD) is one of the largest printing companies in Europe for web offset printing, based in Mörfelden-Walldorf. Not only the newspapers of the Societäts-Gruppe are printed here, but also the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Frankfurter Rundschau, partial editions of the BILD-Zeitung, the WELT and other printed products. In April 2018, the printing house was sold to the Munich-based major publisher Dirk Ippen. A lightning strike on August 18, 2019 resulted in hours of power failure and damage to several printing machines.

Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH

The Frankfurter Rundschau has been published by Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH since March 1, 2013 . Before that, she appeared in the printing and publishing house Frankfurt am Main GmbH. The shareholders are the Frankfurter Societät with 55%, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung with 35% and the Karl Gerold Foundation with 10%. In April 2018, the newspaper was sold to the major Munich publisher Dirk Ippen.

Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH

Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH was a subsidiary of the Frankfurter Societät . The subsidiary's core business areas are newspapers, corporate publishing, books and the Internet. The media company includes the Frankfurter Neue Presse (FNP) and its regional editions of Höchst Kreisblatt , Nassauische Neue Presse and Taunus-Zeitung .

Societäts-Medien and the Societäts-Verlag, founded in 1921, which publishes regionalia, non-fiction and fiction, also belong to the subsidiary. The business book publisher Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch has also been publishing under the umbrella of Frankfurter Societäts Medien GmbH since January 1, 2013.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Mix on Wednesday will be discontinued
  3. ^ FAZ: Independent editorial company: The "Frankfurter Rundschau" will be retained. Article of February 27, 2013.