You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Teuton forum shrinks

Hard times squelch radio, digital confabs

COLOGNE — Germany’s annual media confab Medienforum NRW is scaling back to reflect tough times in the industry.

This year’s event, to be held in Cologne from June 20-25, will focus on traditional media, dropping the digital conferences and commercial radio sections as well as party events for the public.

Organizers are emphasizing caution in a slow market.

“The 15th Medienforum NRW aims more at intelligent and pragmatic concepts for the future, rather than embracing visions,” said Miriam Meckel, North-Rhine Westphalia’s state secretary for international and media affairs.

As low-cost entertainment formats are the most productive genre, confab’s TV section, the Cologne Conference & Screenings, has invited the entertainment toppers of several broadcasters and production companies to discuss the merits of “Light Entertainment in Hard Times.”

Screenings of foreign TV productions not yet licensed in Germany will highlight docu-style fiction, including HBO’s “The Wire,” NBC’s “Boomtown” and the BBC’s “The Office.”

“More than in previous years, submissions show a trend to realistic and social themes,” said Cologne Conference topper Martina Richter.

Event’s Intl. Film Congress, traditionally a forum for international co-production, concentrates on financing.

Michael Schmid-Ospach, head of funding body Filmstiftung NRW, said bank execs will join producers at panels to discuss financing options.

Medienforum NRW is set up by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia along with state media regulator LfM; organizing partners of the Cologne Conference include all German commercial and public TV broadcasters.

More Film

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut

    “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is swinging into theaters on a high note. Sony-Marvel’s latest output is launching to $42 million from 3,813 North American locations in its debut, though other more conservative estimates place that number at $35.5 million. The animated superhero story picked up $12.6 million on Friday, easily leading the pack for the weekend. [...]

  • Ventana Sur : Cinema226 Closes Four

    Cinema226 Announces Four Intl. Co-Productions, Hints at More (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexico’s Cinema226, run by Marco Antonio Salgado and Sam Guillén, is driving into a raft of Mexico, Argentina and Spain co-productions, playing off the current vibrancy of Mexican film production funding and distribution outlets. Among the projects are titles which have been standouts at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, the next film by Mexico-based Argentine filmmaker [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content