2017

An impressive media week in North Rhine-Westphalia highlighted a diversity of themes – the NRW Media Forum and Future Zone Summit initiated key debates and presented top international players

06. 06. 2017
Press Release

Düsseldorf, 6 June 2017 In North Rhine-Westphalia, an impressive media week has come to a close. From 30 May to 2 June, representatives from media, creative and digital industries came together to use numerous industry events for specialist discussions, exchanges and networking.

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Television Market – What about the diversity of content providers?

31. 05. 2017
Follow-Up Report

The prospects for niche TV channels in a market like Germany dominated by strong competition were a topic for discussion by a panel at the NRW Media Forum 2017 on 30 May in Cologne in co-operation with ANGA COM. During this debate, the representatives from broadcasting companies on the podium appeared confident that in future, there would still be successful business models for specialised programmes.

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Media diversity in a digital democracy. Make the truth great again!?

30. 05. 2017
Follow-up report

In view of the increasing relevance of intermediaries, such as Google or Facebook, in the field of news content usage, providers of this kind should also be observed and controlled, just like classic media. This was one of the demands made during a panel discussion held at the NRW Media Forum 2017, which took place in Cologne on 30 May. Those participating in the debate included representatives from public and commercial television broadcasters.

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One-on-one III: Ad Blockers and Other Advertising Obstacles. Protection against a flood of advertising or a threat to media diversity?

30. 05. 2017
Follow-Up Report

Are online advertising barriers a legitimate means of protecting the population against a flood of advertising, or are they a threat to media diversity? This question was discussed during a one-on-one at the NRW Media Forum 2017 on 30 May in Cologne by Dr. Cornelius Lehment, Lawyer at Lubberger Lehment and Volker Tripp, Political Managing Director, Digitale Gesellschaft, and moderated by WDR journalist Anja Backhaus.

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One-on-one II: How much – or how little – platform regulation is necessary to ensure access to the most varied possible range of audiovisual media content for media users??

30. 05. 2017
Follow-Up Report

The experts discussing this topic at the NRW Media Forum 2017 on 30 May in Cologne were Dr. Wolf Osthaus, Senior Vice President Regulatory and Public Policy at Unitymedia and Claus Grewenig, Head of Media Policy, RTL Deutschland Media Group. The debate was moderated by media journalist Dietmut Roether, epd medien.

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One-on-one I: Publishers versus Internet? Can an EU-wide publisher´s right protect outdated business models?

30. 05. 2017
Follow-Up Report

For the first time, the NRW Media Forum 2017 presented a new “one-on-one” format with two experts discussing current media policy issues in the form of a debate. The proposed EU-wide press publisher´s right was the subject of a discussion between Professor Dr. Thomas Höppner, Professor of Business Law at Wildau Technical University and Partner in Hausfeld Law Firm and Oliver Süme, Director of Politics and Law at eco – Association of the Internet Industry.

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“Courage to uphold communicative freedom”: Debate on regulating social networks in an era of hate speech

30. 05. 2017
Follow-Up Report

“We must once again assert our common values. There is no alternative to fighting against the increasing ruthlessness. This is the only way to maintain the freedom and democratic character of the internet,” emphasised Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the NRW State Media Authorities (LfM), in his keynote speech at the start of the panel discussion “Who will rein in hate in the Web?”

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Joint opening of the NRW Media Forum and ANGA COM 2017 in Cologne – internet expansion, competition and diverse content strategies are shaping current developments in the broadband and content industries

30. 05. 2017
Press Release

On 30 May 2017, the 29th NRW Media Forum and the 17th ANGA COM Congress were opened with a joint event which, for the first time, was held in the Congress Centre North at Cologne Exhibition Centre, the organiser having relocated here from another part of the Cologne Exhibition Centre.

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NRW Media Forum 2017 – three media policy debates analysing current industry issues

03. 05. 2017
Press Release

Düsseldorf, 3 May 2017 – On 30 May, the NRW Media Forum will for the first time be presenting a new “one-to-one” format in Cologne. For twenty minutes, two experts will discuss a top media policy issue affecting the industry. The first debate will address the controversial topic of “Publishers versus Internet? Can an EU-wide publisher´s right protect outdated business models?”

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Next Level Content – Successful TV Formats “Made in NRW”

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

During two showcases, movers and responsible actors discussed the secrets of their successful projects under the “Tatort” and “Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert” programme brands at the NRW Media Forum 2016 on 8 June, offering an exciting glimpse behind the scenes.

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Virtual Reality in Television

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

The panel discussion on Virtual Reality in Television on Wednesday afternoon delved deep into practical experience. Brian Seth Hurst, Chief Storyteller & Co-Founder of Storytech, and also Managing Director of The Opportunity Management Company, gave an impressive overview of the current status Virtual Reality (VR).

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“I´ve become smarter and a little poorer” – ex-Premiere boss Georg Kofler returns to the media world with the Glow Media Group

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

Georg Kofler is back in the media business. With his new company Glow Media Group, he is signing up YouTube stars in the beauty sector, among others. During his talk with DWDL Editor-in-chief Thomas Lückerath at the NRW Media Forum 2016 on Wednesday, 8 June, the former boss of ProSieben and Premiere explained why he finds the world of digital media commercially appealing,

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Next Level Journalism – Showcases

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

New journalistic concepts and business models were the subject of a series of showcases on “Next Level Journalism” presented on 8 June, the second day of the NRW Media Forum 2016 in Cologne.

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Next Level Television – Redefinition of Television in the Multi-Platform World

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

Benjamin Ruth, Managing Director of Vice Media Germany, opened the content-specific discussion on redefining television in the multi-platform world with a presentation. “A clearly-defined product has to be created for a target group,” was the explanation for Vice´s success story according to Ruth, the company having developed from a Canadian print magazine to a worldwide multi-channel brand within two decades.

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Digital Media Regime – Transparency and Findability as Basic Principles

08. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

“The federal states will continue to actively contribute to shaping the digital media regime,” was the conclusion reached by Heike Raab, State Secretary and Representative to the Federal Government and in Europe, with Responsibility for the Media and Digital Affairs, during a panel discussion on the results presented by the Federal and State Governments´ Committee on Media Convergence held on 7 June at the NRW Media Forum 2016 in Cologne.

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Analogue Switch-off and HD Everywhere?

07. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

With focus on Austria, the panel embarked on its discussion regarding a “Cable Agenda 2018 – Analogue Switch-off and HD Everywhere?” on the opening day of the NRW Media Forum, which took place in Cologne on 7 June. Günther Singer, Managing Director of LIWEST Cable Media, reported on the communication measures accompanying the analogue switch-off in this country.

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“Broadcasting regulations are outdated”

07. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

Apart from classic TV channels and on YouTube, video can be found on media websites, in blogs, on websites operated by parties, organisations, institutions and companies, but also in social networks and on personal sites. Most of these video offerings are subject to the German Telemedia Act, which makes no provision for either licensing or registration.

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More content, more bandwidth, more data – opening panel discussion at the NRW Media Forum addresses the future of the media landscape

07. 06. 2016
Follow-up report

What will future media usage look like? How will the linear and non-linear use of media content develop, what demands will changing media behaviour have on network expansion and how can media providers improve the user experience? Representatives from commercial and public service media enterprises, as well as network operators, addressed these questions together with […]

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TV or not TV? 28th NRW Media Forum to discuss redefinition of television in the multi-platform world

27. 04. 2016
Press Release

Following its opening day on Tuesday, 7 June with focus on media policy, which will take place at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in co-operation with ANGA COM, the NRW Media Forum will, on Wednesday and Thursday, 8 and 9 June, be convening at the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry to address the question of how new types of offerings and usage are developing and how the content of television and journalism is changing.

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Eminent opening of NRW Media Forum und ANGA COM with representatives from the media and broadband industry

16. 03. 2016
Press Release

The NRW Media Forum, which this year will be taking place in Cologne from 7 to 9 June, has today presented its schedule for the opening day. Attendance at the first day of the conference to be jointly staged by NRW Media Forum and ANGA COM has been confirmed by Hannelore Kraft, Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and leading representatives of the media and broadband industry.

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ANGA COM and NRW Media Forum from 7 to 9 June 2016 in Cologne (Germany)

25. 02. 2016
Press Release

The exhibition and congress ANGA COM and the NRW Media Forum continue their collaboration with a new highlight in 2016: For the first time, Anke Schäferkordt, Co-CEO RTL Group, and Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Vodafone Germany, will take part. On the first congress day Hannelore Kraft, Prime Minister of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, will address the visitors. The date is 7 to 9 June in Cologne.

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2015

European Copyright Reform: An End to Sectionalism?

17. 06. 2015
Review

The EU Commission wants to introduce a European copyright to better protect internet content against misuse and allow easier access for consumers throughout Europe. In the past, copyright and thus the licensing of user rights have for the most part been nationally regulated. Professor Dr. Karl-Nikolaus Peifer of the Institute for Media and Communications Law at the University of Cologne explained this in his keynote speech at a panel discussion entitled “European Copyright Reform: An End to Sectionalism?” held at the 2015 NRW Media Forum.

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Beyond TV – It’s Television. But Not As We Know It

15. 06. 2015
Review

Video consumption is increasingly occurring without the use of conventional reception devices such as the TV. At an Entertainment Master Class event held at Media Forum NRW 2015, two international speakers gave insights into current developments. The relevance of the “second screen”, i.e. a second reception device for TV consumption, was under discussion as well […]

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Terms of Trade revisited

12. 06. 2015
Review

In 1999, Wolf Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of UFA, held a landmark speech at a producers´ conference in Babelsberg under the title “Terms of Trade”. Fifteen years later, he again reflected on the present state of things at the NRW Media Forum 2015 during a talk with Thomas Lückerath, Editor-in-chief at DWDL.de.

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Showcases: Next-Level Journalism

11. 06. 2015
Review

With six showcases on the theme of “Next-Level Journalism”, the participants turned their sights on the final day of the NRW Media Forum towards new concepts, media and business models in the field of journalism. Dr. Christian Stöcker, head of the “Netzwelt” desk at Spiegel Online, conducted the session.

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Next-Level Journalism: Journalism in Transition – Who is Relevant on the Net?

11. 06. 2015
Review

How can quality journalism be practised on the Net as well, what viable business models can be developed and how should media companies position themselves in relation to the international players like Google, Facebook and Apple? These questions about the future of digital journalism were addressed by publishing house representatives at the panel discussion entitled “Next-Level Journalism: Journalism in Transition – Who is Relevant on the Net?” at the 2015 NRW Media Forum.

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Trend Watch: What’s Hot on TV?

11. 06. 2015
Review

Current TV programming trends were the theme of the “Trend Watch” Entertainment Master Class event held at the 2015 NRW Media Forum. After the welcome speech by David Lyle, Faculty Director of the Entertainment Master Class, Bernhard Sonnleitner, Head of Format Scouting at ProSiebenSat.1TV, gave a talk on the most promising current trends in the international programming business called “Trend Watch – What’s Hot on TV?”.

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Second day of the NRW Media Forum dedicated to content and creative industries at the Cologne Chamber of Commerce – in co-operation with INTERACTIVE COLOGNE

10. 06. 2015
Pressemeldung

Cologne, 10 June 2015 – In response to the key question of “What’s next?”, the 27th NRW Media Forum, in co-operation with INTERACTIVE COLOGNE (9-11 June 2015 in Cologne), addressed the subject of digital transformation in the media world, in our living environment and everyday life. The second day of the NRW Media Forum held at the Cologne Chamber of Commerce was dedicated entirely to the content and creative industries, with focus on the future of television.

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Showcases: Next Level Television

10. 06. 2015
Review

The NRW Media Forum 2015 combines the perspectives for providers of classic media with those of young and innovative digital enterprises. It not only discusses the implications of media transformation for television, but also demonstrates them – with seven showcases presenting next level television.

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Next Level Radio

10. 06. 2015
Review

In the age of apps, social media and audio-streaming services, the demands on audible content are also changing. The importance of radios as receivers is decreasing, while the demand for audio content remains just as high. The measures classic radio broadcasters, but also representatives of other media are taking as a result of this trend were highlighted during the NRW Media Forum 2015 in Cologne in the course of a panel discussion staged in tandem with Deutschlandradio.

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Next Level Television – Strategies for Success in the Face of New TV Competition

10. 06. 2015
Review

In recent years, the world of television has changed in an evolutionary, but not revolutionary way. On this point, there was a consensus of opinion among the representatives of public service broadcasters and commercial television during the panel discussion on the subject of “Next Level Television – Strategies for Success in the Face of New TV Competition “.

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Next Level Online Television

10. 06. 2015
Review

The wide choice of video offerings in the internet ranges from in-house online portals operated by TV stations to platforms like YouTube offering user-generated content. Even audio-streaming providers such as Spotify are meanwhile including videos in their programmes.

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Good start to a powerful NRW media week

09. 06. 2015
Press Release

NRW Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft opens NRW Media Forum and ANGA COM in Cologne 27th Media Forum to discuss the development of a convergent media regime and transformation of the media, of television and journalism, radio and entertainment Round-ups and photos of the first day of the conference available online Cologne, 9 June 2015 – […]

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Digitisation – Market Structures and Media Antitrust Law

09. 06. 2015
Review

One discussion at the NRW Media Forum 2015, which was moderated by Claus Grewenig, Managing Director of VPRT, addressed the subject of market structures and media antitrust law. In spite of the ever deepening trend towards media convergence, there was still no uniform media market, but enduring, individual sub-markets, stressed Andreas Mundt, President of the Federal Cartel Office, in his opening statement.

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Digital Media Regime – Diversity without Regulation?

09. 06. 2015
Review

Ensuring media diversity in the digital world in the face of new monopolies created by platforms, search engines and intermediaries is currently one of the main tasks of media policy. A key role in shaping a convergent media regime is to be played by the Federal and State Governments´ Committee which has begun its consultations in various working groups. The objectives and present status of the Commission´s work were the subject of a panel discussion entitled “Digital Media Regime – Diversity without Regulation?” and moderated by Werner Lauff, Management Consultant & Publicist, at the NRW Media Forum 2015.

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Market, Broadband, Diversity – Challenges and Opportunities – Opening Discussion Part 1

09. 06. 2015
Review

What are the future strategies for network operators and content providers and what challenges and opportunities do they see in a connected media world which offers more diversity than ever before? These questions were discussed at the opening session of the NRW Media Forum and ANGA COM by Dr. Thomas Bellut, Director General of ZDF, Dr. Manuel Cubero, Chief Executive Officer, Kabel Deutschland Holding AG and Managing Director of Fixed and Cable, Vodafone Germany, along with Michael T. Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global.

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