Babelsberg ’99 draws pros

Conference scheduled to become annual event

BERLIN — Despite strong competition from a number of media events running parallel in Berlin, Babelsberg ’99, the first international conference on film and television production in Germany, attracted more than 600 participants and a strong international lineup.

Running Aug. 25-27 in the legendary Babelsberg Studios on the outskirts of Berlin, Babelsberg ’99 opened Wednesday with a keynote speech by Catherine Malatesta of Warner Bros. TV.

Top international delegates such as Hallmark’s Robert Halmi Sr. and Viacom’s David Molner joined local players to talk trends and get a new perspective on the production industry during the meet.

Annual event

Organized by the annual Cologne Conference media confab, organizers HMR Intl. on behalf of Studio Babelsberg and local Berlin-Brandenburg media authorities, the Babelsberg conference is scheduled to become an annual event.

“Babelsberg ’99 set new milestones,” Studio Babelsberg’s managing director Friedrich Carl Wachs said. “We are pleased that also next year, the conference … will take place in the media city.”

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