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3 MediacityCologne Editorial Content Jürgen Roters Mayor of the City of Cologne Dear Readers, Paul Bauwens-Adenauer President of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry Cologne is Germany s media capital and centre of the creative business. Whether television, radio, publishing, ICT or PR, in every area of the media industry you will find key players in Cologne who are among the leaders in Germany - sometimes even worldwide. With their innovations, many large companies, small and medium-sized businesses and smaller creative workshops contribute to Cologne s outstanding reputation as a media centre. Here, top quality television shows and advertising campaigns, radio news and movies, computer games and smartphone apps are created. The city is convincing as a business location with its high internationality and creative atmosphere, as an outstanding exhibition and conference venue, as a centre of science and research and a vibrant metropolis with a high quality of life. A location in which economic strength and quality of life complement each other, attracting lateral and creative thinkers. Media companies rely on creative people who have unconventional ideas, recognize tomorrow s trends at an early stage and thus point the way to the media future. To be a media city with sustainable success and a bright future, Cologne not only needs experienced media professionals, but also young talents with fresh ideas and often the courage to try something different. The City of Cologne and the Cologne Chamber of Commerce have made it their mission to create the necessary framework for education and training opportunities and to support potential founders on their way to independence. With this brochure we would like to give you an overview of all important contacts and excite you about the media location of Cologne with its diverse possibilities. We look forward to your ideas - here in Cologne! Media location Cologne Television Film Production Radio Publishing houses The media future City of Cologne / CCI Cologne Music Communication IT & telecommunications Games Education and further education Investing Addresses Imprint
4 02 MediacityCologne Media location Cologne - the number one Many reasons for success Loveable metropolis, inspiring location, home of established industry leaders and promising start-ups: Cologne is always on the move - and is Germany s most important media city. As diverse as the city s skyline the media metropolis Cologne Successful in all areas Cologne-based companies assert themselves in all relevant areas of the media industry - and regard change as an opportunity. Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR), continental Europe s largest public service broadcaster, and the companies of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, have deep roots in Cologne. Cologne s TV producers have long since adapted to the changing viewing patterns of TV viewers - with a wide range of special interest channels, video-on-demand platforms and offers for smart TVs, mobile devices and social networks. Cologne is also home to some of Germany s biggest YouTube stars - and to companies that creatively and innovatively supply the online channels. The three most successful TV production companies in 2013 all come from Cologne, more than half of the top 20 are represented with their head office or a branch in the media city on the Rhine. The range of formats produced in Cologne go from successful entertainment programs such as»ich bin ein Star - Holt mich hier raus!«via international ratings leaders like»alarm für Cobra 11«to award-winning documentaries and television films. The media city on the Rhine is also responsible for great cinema films. Whether such blockbusters as»der Medicus«,»Rush«and»Stromberg - Der Film«or international art-house hits like Jim Jarmusch s»only Lovers Left Alive«and Lars von Trier s»nymphomaniac«, Cologne is one of the most important production and shooting locations and the venue for glamorous premieres. Big players like Turtle Entertainment and Electronic Arts, exciting start-ups and gamescom - with a new attendance record in make Cologne the German games capital. In the ICT sector too, Cologne takes a leading position in Germany. The diverse mix of telecommunication companies, cloud specialists, software developers and e-commerce specialists include
5 Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in»only Lovers Left Alive«MediacityCologne numerous market leaders - also at international level. The Web de Cologne industry network represents the interests of the Internet business and contributes to the strength of the location. Cologne is home to many important publishers, including TASCHEN, the world leader in coffee-table book sector. The German industry leaders include Mediengruppe M. DuMont Schauberg and Bastei Lübbe - with numerous activities beyond the printed word. Always to be found high in the rankings are Cologne s communication agencies, many of them owner-managed. With Ströer, a heavyweight in outdoor advertising - with expansion into the Internet and the games sector - is based in Cologne. Ideal conditions for start-ups In the wake of the established companies - supported by the City of Cologne, the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (the CCI Cologne) and many private initiatives, including attractive co-working spaces - exciting start-ups repeatedly grow up, bringing a breath of fresh air to the media metropolis of Cologne and trying something new: that too is a precondition for a dynamic development of the location. Ideal conditions for shooting The course was set early in Cologne to provide the players in the media industry with optimal working conditions - in the worldrenowned MMC Studios as well as on the streets and in the houses of the city. Around 1,000 permissions to shoot film are granted by the city each year. Cologne produces one-third of the German televi sion programme - and material for the world s cinemas. Ideal conditions for inspiration Cologne is inspiring. Cologne s pop scene with its record labels, award-winning clubs, concerts and the c/o pop, a combination of festival and important industry meeting place, attract international attention. The Schauspiel Köln enjoys an excellent reputation as does the Kölner Philharmonie and the Oper Köln. The fact that there is something exciting to discover every evening, has many other reasons. Cologne has a very lively independent theatre scene, is a centre for old and new music and also has something to offer lovers of literature - for example, Germany s largest international literary festival, the lit.cologne. Also institutions like the Museum Ludwig, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum and the newly created Akademie der Künste der Welt attract people from everywhere - not least those on whose input the media industry thrives. Ideal conditions for education Anyone who wants to be successful in the long term, needs both experienced staff and young talent with fresh ideas. In Cologne there are lots of them - thanks to numerous activities of the the CCI Cologne and the City of Cologne, thanks to well-known educational and training institutions such as the Kunsthochschule für Medien, the internationale filmschule Köln, the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and the University of Cologne, funded by the Excellency Initiative of the federal and state governments. Both nationally and internationally, the media metropolis of Cologne enjoys an excellent reputation. This is due to its unique feature of diversity. Nowhere else do new developments find such a broad interdisciplinary platform, nowhere else is the industry so open and so curious about the challenges, nowhere else is the media business so creative and diverse as it is in Cologne. Dr. Ulrich S. Soénius, Managing Director Location Policy, Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ideal conditions for meetings Koelnmesse has over 600 employees in 80 countries around the world. Cologne is the world s leading trade fair location for 25 business sectors. 60 percent of exhibitors meanwhile come from abroad more than anywhere else. Not least for that reason, the location of Cologne is an excellent basis for the international exchange of information, goods and culture. Also as the home of important media organizations and institutions - including the office of the Ernst Schneider Prize of the CCI Cologne, the most important prize for business journalism, as the venue of acclaimed trade events and as the platform for the presentation of renowned awards, Cologne brings people together who have something to say (to each other). And where people exchange ideas, there is no lack of creativity, innovation - and success. Ideal conditions for networking Where so many companies in the media industry are to be found as in Cologne, conditions are ideal for synergy effects. Further points of contact and cooperation opportunities arise from the fact that, as a successful trade and business centre for diverse sectors, the city is a very interesting location. The CCI Cologne, the City of Cologne and private initiatives efficiently contribute to successful networking.
6 04 MediacityCologne Television - on air State-of-the-art TV As the home of the WDR and the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Cologne is Germany s number one TV location and the place where television is repeatedly being reinvented. Freely receivable channels center.tv: n-tv: RTL: RTL Nitro: RTL West: Super RTL: Vox: WDR: Digital special interest channels Dügün TV: GEO Television: Passion: RTL Crime: RTL Living: Teleçarşi und Türkshop: Moving pictures on the internet Bunch TV: Clipfish: Clixoom: WDR award-winning programme The WDR is the largest public service broadcasting company in continental Europe and one of the leading employers in Germany for journalists, authors, artists and other creative personnel. With WDR Television it offers a full programme and produces about onequarter of the programme material of the ARD (1st German Television), including the»sportschau«and high-quality television films which win the approval of both TV viewers and the critics. In 2013 it was awarded three German TV prizes; in 2014 it had twelve Grimme Prize nominations. At the Berlinale 2014, the WDR was represented by six fictional and three documentary films WDR Fernsehen was again the most successful early evening programme and with»lokalzeit«the most successful regional show of all ARD third programmes. Putpat: Mediakraft Networks: MySpass.de: RTL NOW: rtl-now.rtl.de Videovalis: WDR Mediathek: Events Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen (Verleihung Auszeichnungen, Symposium): Cologne Conference: Deutscher Fernsehpreis: Deutscher Kamerapreis: Ernst-Schneider-Preis der deutschen Industrie- und Handelskammern: VideoDay: At home in Cologne: RTL Deutschland The Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is one of the leading media companies in Germany. With its programmes it reaches more than 30 million people every day. It relies on both traditional distribution channels and new media and technologies. With the exception of RTL II whose complete news editorial group is located in Cologne all TV channels of the media group are located under one roof at the group s headquarters in Cologne-Deutz: RTL Television, 2013 once again market leader among young viewers RTL West, the regional news programme for NRW within the framework Vox, commercial station with full programme Super RTL, for 16 years the leader in children s television the news channel n-tv the special interest channel RTL Nitro the pay-tv channels Passion, RTL Crime, RTL Living and since 8th May GEO Television. Further companies of the media group are to be found in the same building as the stations, including the production company info- Network, the TV production-, IT- and broadcast company Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC) and RTL interactive, responsible for the digital, interactive and transaction-based business areas of the group. At the award of the»eyes & Ears Awards«, the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland took no less than ten prizes. In 2013, its Managing Director, Anke Schäferkordt, was honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award for her outstanding management performance. Cologne s special interest channels The local station center.tv reaches around 2.7 million households via the regional cable network and Telekom s Entertain package and can also be received via the Internet worldwide even on smartphone or tablet. In 2013, with its show»brandt charmant«, center.tv
7 Landmark of the Mediengruppe RTL MediacityCologne won the local German TV Award»Metropolitan«in the category»best Talk Show«. The food channel BonGusto can be received via digital cable and IPTV. In the Turkish population, the wedding TV channel Dügün TV is very popular. It belongs to the same network as the home shopping brands Teleçar i and Türkshop, which have successfully established themselves throughout the Turkish-speaking market. In cooperation with the Cologne-based Anadolu University, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) opened its first European studio abroad in 2013 in Cologne. Cologne is one of the leading media locations in Germany and has a diverse range of companies from both the traditional and the new media sector. Through targeted promotion, this locational advantage can bring both sectors together and thus make efficient use of the enormous growth potential, which Cologne enjoys in this area. Dr. Martina Richter, Managing Director Cologne Conference GmbH New offers for new viewing habits In recent years, the public s viewing habits have changed. Increasingly frequently programmes are not watched during the current TV programme, but at a self-chosen time on the Internet, on smartphones, on tablets or via Smart-TV. And the fragmentation of the viewership into many different target groups leads to an increasing diversification of the offer of programmes and channels. Cologne s broadcasters have responded. For example, the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland provides in its video portal Clipfish the second largest in Germany recordings of TV programmes, numerous specially produced, partly user-generated contents as well as music videos and feature films. In addition, the free channels of the media group have video-on-demand platforms (VoD), with access online and via Smart TV. The moving-picture offers for TVs with HbbTV functionality, also include non-linear specialist channels ClipFish Music, ClipFish Comedy, ClipFish Anime and since the beginning of 2014 the music channel dooloop which is also produced by ClipFish. The Second Screen programme RTL INSIDE finally offers additional information about the current live TV programme and communication possibilities via social networks. During the broadcast of the eighth season of»ich bin ein Star Holt mich hier raus«in spring 2014, the apps from RTL INSIDE and the VoD platform RTL NOW took top places in the respective download charts of the Apple-App-Store and Google-Play-Store. Overall, RTL interactive registered 2.56 million social media activities for the Dschungelshow in the form of Comments, Likes, Shares and Tweets. The WDR is present on the Internet, among others, with live streams and also with a Mediathek accessible from smart TVs. With the opinion magazine»tagesschaum«realized by the Cologne production company probono, three times per week prior to the federal election in 2013, the WDR presented a format that was first seen in a specially set up Youtube channel. In addition,... the Internet music station Putpat has more than 1.5 million registered users, who view the content on the web and mobile. Videovalis links the distribution of high-quality video content from over 90 premium suppliers and more than 30 regional stations with novel player technology and innovative video marketing. Mediakraft Networks, the largest online television channel in the German-speaking region, has its broadcast centre in Cologne. Among others, the company has Y-Titty under contract. The You- Tube channel of the three comedians resident in Cologne has the most subscribers in Germany. Mediakraft co-founder Christoph Krachten also operates one of Germany s most successful online channels with Clixoom. Since the end of 2013 it has operated under the name Clixoom Science & Fiction and is popular with users, among other things, with science news. the production company Brainpool TV operates the comedy platform MySpass.de and several Smart-TV channels. parallel to gamescom, with the VideoDay Europe s biggest You- Tuber meeting takes place in the LANXESS Arena. In 2013, 9,500 participants were counted. Guest in Cologne Prestigious television prizes are awarded and important industry events are held in Cologne. The International Film and Television Festival Cologne Conference, with its combination of specialist event and public festival, attracts several thousand participants and visitors year after year. Speakers always include top players in the international film and television business. An integral part of the event, sponsored by the City of Cologne and the State of NRW, are several awards: Filmpreis Köln, TV-Spielfilm-Award, The Hollywood Reporter Award and the Deutsche Casting-Award. Stars to be seen in recent years at the Cologne Conference include, among others, Isabelle Huppert, Harmony Korine and Sibel Kekilli as well as guests from Brazil and China. Following the successful premiere last year, the awards of the Cologne-based Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen will probably be awarded in the Rhine metropolis once again in The Deutsche Fernsehpreis is always awarded in early October and always in the Coloneum. Its permanent secretariat is also located in Cologne, its sponsors are ARD, RTL, Sat.1 and ZDF. Responsible broadcaster in 2014 is the WDR. Although the future of the Fernsehpreis is uncertain, what is certain is that Cologne will continue to play an important role in any reorientation. Also in Cologne and for the 24th time in 2014 the presentation of the Deutsche Kamerapreis will be made, Germany s most prestigious award for visual design in film and TV. Members of the sponsoring organization are the City of Cologne, the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, Colonia Media Film Production GmbH, the technology and production center switzerland AG as well as the broadcasters WDR, BR, NDR, SWR and ZDF. HD Central Direction Television at the WDR
8 06 MediacityCologne Film - images that move the world Cologne s box-office success Glamorous Germany premieres, internationally successful production companies and studios in which international stars find optimal shooting conditions: in the film industry too, Cologne enjoys an excellent reputation. Premiere of»nymphomaniac«at the 64th Berlinal Film Festival: Stellan Skarsgård, Bente Trier, Lars von Trier, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Stacy Martin (l. to r.) Success story MMC Whether Jim Jarmusch s vampire drama»only Lovers Left Alive«with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, Philipp Stölzl s blockbuster»der Medicus«with Sir Ben Kingsley, or Ron Howard s international hit»rush«, which was co-produced by action concept: for great cinema with international superstars, MMC Movies Köln is very largely responsible, the film production companies of MMC Studios Köln (MMC). In Cologne-Ossendorf, the MMC operates the Coloneum, one of the continent s largest and most modern studio complexes, and is available as co-producer and for service productions. Award-winning Fiction Not only MMC is a guarantee for high-quality and successful film productions from Cologne. The augenschein production of»hüter meines Bruders«opened the category»perspektive deutsches Kino«at the Berlinale 2014, and was enthusiastically welcomed by the audience at the premiere. In February 2014, the Brainpool TV production»stromberg Der Film«had its premiere in Cologne s Cinedom; it was transmitted via satellite to more than 90 cinemas. The Coin Film production»die Räuber«features Maximilian Schell in one of his last roles and is scheduled for release in 2014.»Der letzte Mentsch«was enthusiastically received by the audience at the 5th Jewish Film Festival in Munich. Elsani Film is one of the producers of the drama with Mario Adorf and Hannelore Elsner in the leading roles. In spring 2014, among others,»kalte Tage«was filmed in Cologne, a production of Ester.Reglin.Film with the German-French actor Mehdi Nebbou.»Bethlehem«, among other things, on the shortlist for the Academy Awards 2014 in the category»best Foreign Language Film«, was co-produced by GRINGO films. The premiere was in Cologne s Off Broadway. Before the end of 2014, shooting is planned to start in and around Cologne on»autobahn«, an action thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley. On the German side, the Anglo-German co-production is being produced by hands-on producers. The Heimatfilm co-production»qissa The Tale of A Lonely Ghost«was awarded the prize for the highest audience ratings at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January Hupe Film actually a specialist for documentaries and feature films produced an animated film with»boles«, which was shown at over 50 international film festivals and won several awards. Sönke Wortmann (Little Shark Entertainment) was responsible for the filming of the bestseller»schoßgebete«by the Cologne-based author Charlotte Roche. The film is due for release in September 2014.»Layla Fourie«, co-produced by Pandora Film, was included on the shortlist of the 2014 German Film Prize Lola. The film drama»vergiss mein Ich«, created jointly with the WDR, was produced entirely in Cologne and had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Senator Film Köln is responsible on the German side for the German-Swiss co-production»der Koch«. The film, based on the bestseller by Martin Suter will be released in summer Co-produced by Zentropa International Köln, the Lars von Trier film»nymphomaniac«with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the leading role was partly filmed in Cologne and dominated the headlines in connection with the 64th Berlinale. The MMC Studios in the Coloneum.
9 Christoph Maria Herbst in»stromberg Der Film«MediacityCologne Award-winning documentaries Cologne is also a specialist for the filming of factual themes. Engstfeld Filmproduktion made a name for itself most recently, among other things, with»camp 14: Total Control Zone«. The documentary ran at 50 international film festivals and won five major awards. From Fruitmarket and Tradewind Pictures comes»beltracchi Die Kunst der Fälschung«, the new documentary from Cologne filmmaker Arne Birkenstock. The premiere was in February 2014 in Cologne s Cinenova before a full audience. The Lichtblick production»die schöne Krista«was premiered at the Hof International Film Festival In the 39th running of the EKOFILM Festival in the Czech Republic, the Lichtfilm production»süßes Gift Entwicklungshilfe Afrika«was honoured as the Best Documentary with the Grand Prix.»The Punch«, a documentary project by Sutor Kolonko, won the TFI / ESPN Prize early in 2014 in the U.S.A. Alaaf You is something special. The documentary about Cologne s Carnival is produced from recordings that were made during the 2013/14 Carnival season and uploaded to the project webpage and a mobile app on the internet. Anyone could contribute, the film will be shown in cinemas, on WDR Fernsehen and on DVD in Responsible for the project among many others from the Cologne scene Eric Benz (script, production) and Baris Aladag (script, direction, production). Sales and distribution Several renowned film distributors are based in Cologne. Rapid Eye Movies brought the highly acclaimed Chinese-Japanese production of»a Touch of Sin«by the award-winning director Jia Zhangke into the cinemas at the beginning of Real Fiction has made itself a name as a distributor of acclaimed documentaries and feature films, including»charlie Mariano Last Visits«from Engstfeld Filmproduktion and»vergiss mein Ich«, the new film by Jan Schomburg with Maria Schrader. The premiere was at the end of April in Cologne s theatre»depot1«. An excellent reputation is also enjoyed by Filmlichter (»Bittere Kirschen«) and W-Film (»Das radikale Böse«). Also at home in Cologne: the world distributors Media Luna New Films and The Match Factory. The latter company was represented with five films at the Berlinale in 2014, among others, by the Afghanistan drama»zwischen Welten«, co-produced by Geißendörfer. Splendid Film like Splendid Produktion a 100-percent subsidiary of Splendid Medien acquires films on the world market and markets them across the entire value-added chain. Cologne cinema scene Cologne repeatedly stages glamorous premieres. Jim Jarmusch allowed the premiere of»only Lovers Left Alive«in the Cinenova to be followed by a concert, and the premieres of films partly shot in Cologne»Mr. Morgan s Last Love«(Cinenova) and»rush«(cinedom) also attracted international stars to the Rhine, the Odeon was completely sold out for the premiere of»hannas Reise«. And in the Residenz, an Astor Film Lounge, the finalists for the LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament were presented in The largest cinema centre in Cologne is the Cinedom, which has 14 cinemas, six of which can show 3D. The right place for a highly acclaimed Stromberg premiere. In addition, a large number of excellently-run art-house cinemas are to be found in Cologne, such as the Cinenova, Filmpalette, Metropolis, Odeon, Off Broadway and Weißhaus which have all won the Kinoprogrammpreis. This prize is Production Contacts Stabsstelle für Medien- und Internetwirtschaft: Phone Filmbüro NW e.v.: Film und Medienstiftung NRW GmbH: Festivals and prizes Cinepänz Kölner Kinderfilmfest: Deutscher Kamerapreis: Exposed Festival für erste Filme: Fantasy Filmfest: Filmplus: Film-Messe Köln: Cologne has a fantastic cultural scene, right across all the arts, from outsiders to the established. Something is happening on every corner, the film, media and art schools create impulses, the intercultural orientation of the city and many festivals provide a view of the bigger picture. Cologne, therefore, is the ideal location from which the Filmbüro can network the media producers and keep the film culture in NRW moving forward. Stephan Brüggenthies, CEO Filmbüro NW e.v. presented in Cologne, accompanied by the Kinokongress of the Film und Medien Stiftung NRW. The local cinema scene is rounded off by the Rex am Ring, the cinema in the Filmhaus Köln, the DRIVE IN Autokino Köln-Porz and the special offers of the Film Club 813 and the Filmforum NRW, the cinema in the Museum Ludwig. Cologne Conference Internationales Film und Fernsehfestival: Homochrom: Internationales Frauenfilmfestival: Jenseits von Europa Neue Filme aus Afrika: Kinokongress der Film- und Medienstiftung NRW mit Verleihung des Kinoprogrammpreises: Kölner Kino Nächte: kurzundschön Internationaler Nachwuchswettbewerb für Werbespots, Motion Design und Kurzfilm: Soundtrack Cologne: Stranger than Fiction Dokumentarfilmfest: Unlimited Kurzfilmfestival:
10 08 MediacityCologne Production - professionals at work Cologne makes ratings Cologne is the leading production site in Germany. The production companies resident on the Rhine can rely on a compact network of renowned service providers and on the state of the art studios of MMC and are responsible for the biggest viewing successes of Cologne ratings guarantees In the rankings of the most successful TV producers of the year, no less than ten companies in the top 20 are from Cologne not including branches of renowned production companies from other cities. The top three places are even completely taken by Cologne. ITV Studios Germany (1st place) has beside TV series such as»der letzte Bulle«such successful entertainment shows as»der Bachelor«,»Let s Dance«and»4 Hochzeiten und ein Traumreise«on offer. Quite a stir at the beginning of 2014 was the eighth Cologne has a large number of highly qualified service companies for film and television production. Many of these service providers work nationally and internationally. Like my company Maier Bros. GmbH founded 25 years ago in Cologne and meanwhile with branches in Leipzig, Weimar and South Tyrol. We provide first-class film technology for movies. Thus, we link regions and markets from Cologne. The Filmland-NRW portal is hereby an important tool for presenting the potential of our region worldwide. Niels Maier, Managing Director Maier Bros. GmbH Further information about companies and service-providers at: season of»ich bin ein Star Holt mich hier raus!«with outstanding market shares. Endemol Deutschland (2nd place,»wer wird Millionär?«,»Unschlagbar«) produces the late-night show»circus Halligalli«, winner of the German Comedy Award in 2013, jointly with Florida TV. UFA SHOW (3rd place) with»das Supertalent«,»Bauer sucht Frau«and»Deutschland sucht den Superstar«has several long-running TV favourites in its portfolio. I&U TV (6th place), is producer of the RTL game show»5 gegen Jauch«and the ARD interview series»günther Jauch«. The fourpart series»zeig mir Deine Welt«about young people with Down s syndrome was nominated for a Grimme-Preis in 2014 in the»entertainment / Special«category. Eyeworks Germany (9th place) not only produces fictional formats (»Marie Brand«,»Wilsberg«), but also docu-soaps such as»schwiegertochter gesucht«and»der Restauranttester«. In February 2014 Warner Bros. announced plans to take over all Eyeworks Group production companies outside the United States, including the German one. Brainpool TV (11th place) is responsible for many popular shows and comedy formats, including»schlag den Raab«, the award-winning sketch comedy»ladykracher«and the German Eurovision Song Contest preliminary round. Shine Germany (13th) won the German Television Award in the category»best Entertainment Show«in 2013 with the dance casting show»got to Dance«recorded in the Coloneum. Filmpool fiction (14th place) has two thrillers in its portfolio with the Muenster»Tatort«(alongside Colonia Media and Müller & Seelig) and»polizeiruf 110«from Rostock from the 1st channel s Sunday evening programme. Filmpool entertainment is the world
11 ARD/WDR-Presseclub: made in Cologne MediacityCologne market leader in the area of scripted entertainment. In addition to»köln 50667«and»Berlin Tag & Nacht«, the company recently began producing»wien Tag & Nacht«for the Austrian TV channel ATV. Action concept (16th place) is one of Europe s leading production companies in the action genre and is the producer of the successful German action series»alarm für Cobra 11«. RTL started showing the 35th season in March Norddeich TV (20th place), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and successful in 2013 with the real-life documentary»was verdienst Du?«, was awarded the contract for the new RTL casting show»rising Star«. Also with production sites and offices in Cologne are Schwartzkopff TV (»Jungen gegen Mädchen«, 5th place), MME Entertainment (»Mein himmlisches Hotel«, 10th place) and UFA serial drama (»Verbotene Liebe«,18th place). And»Danni Lowinski«, the successful series from UFA Fiction is also shot in the Rhine metropolis. Series, Movies, Entertainment In addition, there are many other well-known Cologne production companies which, with TV films, series and shows attract the attention of both viewers and prize juries. Colonia Media is one of the production companies that produce the NRW»Tatort«episodes for the WDR. Conradfilm hit the headlines in early 2014 with the TV film»sieben Tage ohne«. Dor Film Köln provided the ZDF with outstanding market shares in January 2014 with the family comedy»kückückskind«. EIKON has been producing the Grimme Prize-winning crime series»unter Verdacht«for the ZDF since 2008,»Tatort«and»Polizeiruf«episodes as well as early evening serials for the ARD. Network Movie has made a name for itself with high-quality television films and series. For example, Lars Becker s police drama»unter Feinden«was nominated for the Grimme-Preis Prime Productions is responsible, among other things, for the award-winning»heute-show«. In 2013, presenter Oliver Welke received the Bayerische Fernsehpreis. Rowboat won several awards for»das Wunder von Kärnten«, including in November 2013, the International Emmy in the category»best TV Movie / Mini Series«. Zeitsprung Pictures was nominated for the Munich Film Festival in 2013 for»blutgeld«. Zieglerfilm Köln produces television and feature films as well as series, including the fairy tale film»vom Fischer und seiner Frau«, one of the highlights of the Christmas programme Eye catcher documentaries Renowned production companies are also to be found in Cologne in the area of documentaries. a&o büro specializes in high-quality TV documentaries.»atomic Africa«was nominated in 2014 for the Grimme-Preis. Broadview TV produces documentaries and series, above all, for ARD, ZDF and Arte. The»Adelsdynastien in NRW«series is running on WDR Fernsehen. Florianfilm realized the documentary»der nackte Shakespeare«, a prize-winner at the international Indie Fest 2013 in La Jolla, California, for WDR/Arte. Gruppe 5 produces documentaries and series for public service and foreign broadcasting companies, including numerous contributions to the ZDF series»terra X«and the Arte documentary series»geliebte Feinde die Deutschen und Franzosen«. Locational advantage Coloneum In Köln-Ossendorf, with the Coloneum operated by the MMC, one of the largest and most modern studio complexes in Europe is to be found: 19 studios with total space of 21,000 square metres, including Europe s highest film studio with a height of 23 metres. Three control centres networked via glass-fibre cables ensure optimal image and sound compositions. One of them is the largest permanent control centre in Germany. The MCC Post-production has extensive capacities and as in the entire studio complex ultramodern technology. In the MMC Studios, among others, the following TV formats are produced:»2013 Das Quiz«,»Alles was zählt«,»das ist spitze!«,»das Supertalent«,»Deutschland sucht den Superstar«,»Die Wiwaldi Show«,»Got to Dance«,»Junge gegen Mädchen«,»Let s Dance«,»Unter uns«,»verbotene Liebe«. In addition, television films are also repeatedly shot in the studios of the MMC, for example, parts of the two-parter»pinocchio«shown at Christmas 2013 with stars like Mario Adorf and Ulrich Tukur. Locational advantage service density Whether equipment, casting or special effects: in Cologne production companies for film and television, as CNC (»taff«,»exklusiv - Die Reportage«) can rely on the expertise of countless renowned specialists and service providers, including the film equipment hire company MaierBros, which serves productions all over Europe, such as»only Lovers Left Alive«,»Der Koch«and»Feuchtgebiete«. Cologne really does show its strength when it comes to post-production. Leading service provider in this segment include Act (»Kölner Treff«, the cinema documentary»nowitzki«and Headquarter (the award-winning feature films»bethlehem«,»der Lehrer«). The film sound post-production company Torus was involved with six films that were shown at the Berlinale For the TV documentary»ritter«, produced by Gruppe 5, Sound Vision ensured just the right sound, as it did for Kadir Sözen s movie»von glücklichen Schafen«. Investigation team»tatort«köln in the Rheinauhafen
12 10 MediacityCologne Radio on a successful wavelength On air and online Whether analogue or digital, on air or online, live or delayed via podcast: Cologne s radio stations always reach their target groups the media analyses leave no doubt about that. The WDR in NRW and nationally right at the top 53.9 percent of radio listeners in NRW tune in daily to at least one WDR programme. As a result, WDR Radio with its six VHF radio channels, is continuing to further extend its leading position in Germany s most populous state, according to the Media-Analysis Also on a Germany-wide comparison, WDR Radio was able to defend its leading position: with the youth radio 1LIVE, whose glazed broadcasting studio is one of the most modern in Europe, WDR 2 and WDR 4, no less than three of its programmes are among the top ten most heard radio stations in Germany. In terms of quality, the WDR is also right out in front. For example, in 2013 a WDR 5 feature and a contribution from the WDR 2 programme won awards at the prize-giving ceremony of the Ernst-Schneider- Prize for Business Journalism. Funkhaus Europa is the international and multicultural program of WDR and Radio Bremen, which is produced in collaboration with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. For children, with KiRaKa, WDR has founded its own digital radio station. After Radio Bremen and Saarländische Rundfunk, in 2014 a further partner was added with Bayerische Rundfunk, which will take part with contributions to this offer. In the summer of 2013, the broadcaster opened the»wdr Studio Zwei Die Medienwerkstatt«, in which school children can produce radio and television programmes. Radio Köln: the local market leaders According E.M.A. NRW 2014 I, between Monday and Friday, on average, 34.2 percent of all 20 to 59-year-olds resident in the transmission area switch on to Radio Köln. The broadcaster is a firm fixture on the media and event scene in Cologne, providing its listeners with news and stories from the city and has already won the LfM Radio Prize in several categories. At the beginning of 2014 it moved into an ultra-modern studio in the Kreativzentrum Schanzenstraße and produces eight hours of programme every day. At Radio Köln, the so-called Citizens Radio can also be heard, produced in radio workshops that are organized within the ARGE Bürgerfunk Köln. The advertising time of the local station is marketed by Hörfunk Service GmbH, which is also responsible for six other leading local radio stations in the region. The so-called Rheinland Kombi Köln reaches over 1.2 million listeners daily. Rheinland Kombi Köln Plus, which was introduced on 1st January 2014, also includes Radio Siegen. above: KiRaKa of the WDR - own channel for younger listeners below: Concerts online
13 MediacityCologne On air at Radio Köln From Cologne to the target group In addition to WDR and Radio Köln, a number of other renowned radio stations are to be found in the Rhine metropolis. Deutschlandfunk and DRadio Wissen are programmes of the public service Deutschlandradio. Deutschlandfunk offers its listeners information about politics, business and culture, the spoken word share is 80 percent. DRadio Wissen which can be received via digital radio, on the Internet and digitally via satellite and cable, following its relaunch in February 2014, continues to focus on a word-oriented programme for young listeners. Kölncampus is the largest college radio station in Germany. The transmitter is particularly renowned for the treatment of college-related issues and its independent and editorially-oriented music programme. Religious, ethical and social issues are the focus of attention of Domradio, the radio station of the Archbishopric of Cologne. Also present in Cologne: the Rhineland-Palatinate transmitter RPR1, which provides the greater Cologne area with a regional window. Classic Radio, modern technology Not only thematically, in the choice of the distribution channels, the Cologne-based broadcasters demonstrate diversity. From VHF and web radio via podcasts right through to the digital reception variants DAB and DVB-S, they make creative use of all the possibilities offered by today s technology. The WDR, for example, in recent years has developed numerous additional services, including more than 30 radio streams on the Internet. With its new»wdr 3 Konzertplayer«, WDR 3 offers music lovers the opportunity to listen at any time to complete concerts from the cultural channel s rich store. With such offerings as well as podcasts and on-demand broadcast recordings the stations take account of changed listening habits and provide their target groups independent of the broadcast date with content around the clock. The pure Web Channels from Cologne include 674FM and I Love Radio. Specialty radio drama and audiobook Radio dramas have a long tradition in Cologne. Time and again, for example, productions of the WDR, have been honoured with renowned prizes. In the Rhine metropolis several major events focused on radio drama and audio books are held. The Deutsche Hörbuchpreis whose winners in 2014 also included two WDR productions is presented, as is the Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden, in the WDR Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz the one in the large, the other in the small broadcasting hall. The Hörspielforum NRW is an annual working conference in Cologne for radio drama writers, radio drama producers and professional groups with close links to radio drama. It has set itself the goal of promoting a young radio drama generation and to support the development of the radio drama as an independent work of art and media format. Cologne is not everything for 1LIVE, but everything is in Cologne. Authors, presenters, comedians, rock and movie stars. For editors who are thinking about a job at 1LIVE, Cologne is a strong argument apart from the rents. From the perspective of young creatives, Cologne and Berlin provide keen competition for the number one as a media location in Germany. Cologne has a good chance to assert itself if the city remains open to the digital transformation. Jochen Rausch, 1LIVE Programme Director and Deputy Director of WDR Radio Radio stations in the municipal area 674FM: Deutschlandfunk: DRadio Wissen: wissen.dradio.de Domradio: I Love Radio: Kölncampus: Radio Köln: Radio Köln/Bürgerfunk: RPR1.Studio Köln: WDR: Events Deutscher Hörbuchpreis: Ernst-Schneider-Preis der deutschen Industrie- und Handelskammern: Hörspiel-Arena auf Tour: Hörspielforum NRW: Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden:
14 12 MediacityCologne Publishers - Cologne puts it in print Many roads lead to the reader Cologne companies provide countless readers with texts of various kinds printed, digital and at literary events with an international appeal. above:»rheinlesen«presents the diversity of the literature scene below: Newsroom of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Literature Live Each spring, the lit.cologne, one of the largest literary festivals in Europe is held in Cologne, followed by»lit.cologne Spezial«in autumn. Certain to provide thrills is Crime Cologne, the still young Cologne Detective Story Festival in September. In addition, Cologne has plenty of highlights to offer throughout the year, including a colloquium focusing on world literature organized by the International Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, entitled»poetica«, which will have its premiere in the festival Literatur in den Häusern der Stadt. the action»ein Buch für die Stadt«with numerous readings and further cultural activities associated with a specific work. the readings of Literaturhaus Köln, which moved to its new home in the city centre in 2014, and the many well-stocked bookshops. the Literarische Salon of the writers Guy Helminger and Navid Kermani who live in Cologne. the events of Cöln Comic Haus. Events of the rich and interesting library scene. Diverse publishing scene The Cologne-based publishers have a sense of what material moves readers and what is successful. Bastei Luebbe, one of the market leaders, has been involved in the newly-founded media production company HPR Bild & Ton since the beginning of Together with HPR Künstler & Medien, it is planned to develop stage and author formats, event shows and fiction formats in the new company. This is a further step towards the multimedia publishing house. The books of the two general interest publishers DuMont Buchverlag and Kiepenheuer & Witsch are just as often to be found on the bestseller lists as on the long and short lists of major book prizes. The TASCHEN-Verlag is world market leader in the coffee table book area. It has subsidiaries in several European countries, the USA and Hong Kong. With Wienand, another art book publisher is located in the Rhine metropolis. In the fields of culture, architecture, church and history as well as leisure and travel, J.P. Bachem is a market leader in the Rhine and Ruhr regions. The Greven Verlag has specialized in literature about Cologne and the Rhineland. Greven Medien is one of the largest publishers of business and telephone directories, in print versions, as well as online and mobile, and specializes in advising small and medium-sized companies on local marketing. The Emons Verlag is known for its regional detective stories, its recipe for success also includes coffee table books, travel guides, calendars and novels with a regional focus. Under the umbrella of Egmont Verlagsgesellschaften are publishers such as SchneiderBuch and Egmont Graphic Novel. In spring 2014, Egmont LYX launched an Internet platform on which authors can allow their texts to be assessed by readers. The VEMAG Verlags- und Medien AG is one of the largest-circulation German publishing groups in the areas of general non-fiction and children s books. Among others, it includes the service title publishers NGV and Comet, the children s book publisher Schwager & Steinlein, the Fackelträger Verlag as well as the content agency Apollo Medien. Cologne is also one of two locations of Koch, Neff & Volckmar, the leader in the wholesale book trade.
15 MediacityCologne Strongly represented: specialist publishers Another feature of Cologne is the presence of many specialist publishers. In the fields of law, business and taxation both Wolters Kluwer Deutschland, one of the leading knowledge and information service providers based in Cologne, as well as Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt offer a range of information, digital solutions and seminars. The Verlagsgruppe Rudolf Müller, one of the leading suppliers of specialist information in the areas of design, construction, property and trade marketing, provides information in all forms, from print and electronic media, right through to training events. The publication»iwd«of the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln is compulsory reading for businessmen and business journalists. Leading in the field of vocational education and training is the Bildungsverlag EINS. The JUVE Verlag für juristische Information, the Bank-Verlag Köln, the Deutsche Ärzte-Verlag, the media industry service DWDL.de, the Deutsche Patienten Verlag, the scientific publisher Böhlau and the Deutsche Sportverlag are also based in Cologne. Media groups with a broad portfolio M. DuMont Schauberg (MDS) is one of the largest newspaper publishers in Germany. The media group publishes the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, which was awarded seven prizes at the European Newspaper Awards in November 2013 for its newspaper design, the Express and the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. It also owns the Presseund Medien haus Berlin with Berliner Zeitung, Berliner Kurier, Berliner Abendblatt and Hamburger Morgenpost, in which the Cologne-based Heinen-Verlag also holds 35 percent. The Heinen- Verlag publishes the Kölnische Rundschau, Helmut Heinen is also President of the Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger. MDS also plays a leading role in its newspaper activities outside the print business. The media group s digital offerings are concentrated in the DuMont Net subsidiary and register more than 35 million visits a month. In addition to the newspapers and the DuMont Buchverlag, the Cologne media group s portfolio includes many more publications and companies, including free papers, radio stations, various service providers, the Bundesanzeiger Verlag as well as the Zeit für Wissen Bildungsgesellschaft which was founded in 2013 with many renowned academics. In addition, MDS holds a 20-percent stake in the Ha aretz Group, Israel s second largest media company. Among others, the Matthias Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe includes music festivals, the Internet music station Putpat, the soccer magazine 11 Freunde and as the nucleus of the group Intro, Germany s largest national free music magazine. Events 1LIVE Klubbing: Crime Cologne: Der literarische Salon: derliterarischesalon.blogspot.de Deutscher Hörbuchpreis: Ein Buch für die Stadt: Editionale Köln: Kölner Medienpreis: lit.cologne: Literatur in den Häusern der Stadt: Experiencing literature Kooperation Kölner Bibliotheken: Literaturhaus Köln e.v.: StadtBibliothek Köln: Zentral- und Stadtteilbibliotheken Phone Wirtschaftsbibliothek der IHK Köln: Unter Sachsenhausen Köln Phone Cologne kiosk bestsellers Many magazines to be found on the newsstands are produced in Cologne, such as the women s magazine Emma, the fashion magazine Qvest, the»auto Zeitung«and»selbst ist der Mann«from the Bauer Media Group as well as the magazines of Luna Media. Also publsihed In Cologne are the city magazines Stadt-Revue and Kölner Illustrierte. The Bild tabloid and the Welt kompakt daily cover events in the city in their regional editions. The importance of Cologne as a publishing location is also underlined by the fact that the Verband der Zeitschriftenverlage in Nordrhein-Westfalen has its offices in the Rhine metropolis. Cologne is the hub of our book world and our test lab. We often initially put new concepts and series on the market here, in order to see how they are accepted by readers. Our experience is that titles that work here also have a good chance in other regions. True to our publishing motto: Regional worldwide. Hermann-Josef Emons, Managing Director Emons Verlag Cologne
16 14 MediacityCologne The media future is shaped in Cologne Media convergence à la Cologne The times when publishers earned their money solely with printed materials, television stations only screened their programmes at set times on the screens of television sets and at best, all you could do with a mobile phone was make calls, are long gone. Convergence the combining of the functions of different devices right through to their merging offers completely new ways to distribute and market content. Multi-talent mobile phone On mobile terminals now you can read what previously was bought at the newsstand or in a bookshop, you can hear what once required a radio or hi-fi system as well as a visit to a record store, watch television or what was exclusively produced for the Internet. Ideally, there is also networking with relevant websites and actions in the social networks. All this creates added value both for the user and for those who earn their living producing content. The development of the mobile phone into a mobile multifunctional device is just one example of how fast convergence has advanced in just a few years. Not only this development indicates how quickly convergence is progressing. Connected TV and also the development of the car to become a mobile terminal are two further examples which illustrate the potential. Media companies which deal in content, must be prepared and see the changes as an opportunity to assert themselves on the market. Convergence is put into practice in Cologne Cologne is a good location for it, because in the media metropolis on the Rhine convergence is put into practice. There are good reasons for that. In Cologne, leading companies in all areas of the media are represented with their headquarters or branches. Synergy effects are thus inevitable, both in content development and in technical realization. On the diverse education market, which is a major plus for the location of Cologne, the demands of a convergent media world has long been taken into consideration. And then there are also the companies themselves, which mutually inspire each other in terms of innovation, technical expertise and creativity. Bastei Lübbe, for instance, is transforming itself into a multimedia company, the Mediengruppe M. DuMont Schauberg produces acclaimed ipad editions as well as news pages and invests money in the establishment and development of digital business models. RTL accompanies its programme with very successful activities in the social networks and quickly made a name for itself as a provider of gaming sites. The Cologne-based television companies also make use of the exciting opportunities that arise from the connection of TV sets to the Internet (Connected TV) WDR with a mediathek, the stations in the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, among others, with self-produced channels. The film industry concerns itself with video-on-demand, the radio stations have adjusted, for example, with podcasts, to the fact that people want to hear certain programmes when it is convenient for them and not when set by the programme timetable. Communication agencies provide material for the field of traditional advertising as well as the platforms of the Internet and the mobile world. Convergence present everywhere Convergence and its consequences are also reflected in the many prestigious events highlights with which Cologne scores points throughout the year, such as in the Medienforum NRW and the c/o pop Convention programmes which in 2014 focuses on the themes»content, Production and Sales«. A further good example of the energy with which the theme of»convergence«is being promoted in Cologne is the UFA Lab NRW, which sees itself as a content laboratory for digital media and gives interdisciplinary teams the opportunity to work on trans-media moving image concepts with media-overlapping storytelling. In other words: anyone who wants to tell stories on film, should no longer only think about TV or cinema, but also the Internet, mobile devices. apps and games. Convergence is present everywhere and is continuing to accelerate. Cologne and its companies are well-prepared and work on tomorrow s media world.
17 MediacityCologne Your Contacts in Cologne Numerous experts are available for anyone who wants to invest in Cologne, has questions or requires help with their daily work. Here are the most important contact details. City of Cologne - at your service: Department for Economic Development and Real Property, Media Department: Phone Office of Economic Development: Phone Business Service: Phone Office of Urban Development and Statistics: Phone Office for Children, Youth and Family Affairs Media Education / Youth Media Protection: Phone Office of Further Education VHS Köln Programme area Media, Management, Business and Communication: Phone Cultural office Department for pop culture and film culture: Phone Department for music: Phone The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry at your service: Your contact for the media industry at the CCI Cologne, and for the culture and creative business: Dr. Ulrich S. Soénius Managing Director Location Policy Phone Your contact partner for business development and company foundation: Mathias Härchen Deput Director / Head of Business Promotion Location and Transportation Poicy, Business Promotion Section Phone Your contact partner for mentoring for young I+C companies and the ICT Platform Cologne: Elisabeth Slapio Director Innovation and Enviroment Section Phone Your contact partner for education and training in the media industry: Gregor Berghausen Director Training and Further Training Section Phone Other important contacts: Cologne Convention Bureau: Köln Tourismus GmbH Phone Commerzbank AG: Firmenkundenbetreuung Medien Phone Gründer- und Innovationszentrum GmbH im TechnologiePark Köln (GIZ): Phone Handwerkskammer zu Köln: Phone Koelnmesse GmbH: Phone Kreissparkasse Köln: KSK-Wagniskapital GmbH Phone MBW Mittelstandsberatung GmbH: Phone Mediengründerzentrum NRW MGZ GmbH: Phone NUK Neues Unternehmertum Rheinland e.v.: Phone Rechtsrheinisches Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Köln GmbH (RTZ): Phone Region Köln/Bonn e.v. COMPASS: Phone Rheinland Venture Capital: Phone Sparkasse KölnBonn: Abteilung Medien Phone Startercenter NRW Köln bei der Handwerkskammer zu Köln: Phone Startercenter NRW Köln bei der Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Köln: Phone Startercenter NRW Köln bei der Stadt Köln, Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung: Phone Shooting permits and locations: City of Cologne, Office of Public Order: Film permits Phone Fax Film Commission NRW: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW Phone Fax
18 16 MediacityCologne Music Sound of Cologne In time with the city Whether pop culture, old or new music, classical or jazz: the Cologne music scene is diverse, high-quality, exciting and an important part of the cultural business far beyond the city limits. The c/o pop festival celebrated its tenth anniversary in It will be held in August 2014 and again give spectators the opportunity to make many exciting new discoveries. The corresponding c/o pop Convention an important event for the music, media and entertainment industry will this time be held under the motto»we care about independent pop culture«, and focus on the themes of»content, Production and Sales«: A new central field will thereby be»branded Entertainment«. Another highlight is the Klubnacht, which is held parallel to gamescom. It is organized by KLUBKOMM, the association of Cologne clubs and promoters. With a single ticket, visitors can embark on a nighttime journey through more than 30 clubs and venues in Cologne and discover the diversity of the Cologne scene. Cologne, in comparison with other major cities, is the one with the greatest creative freedom, even if the path to the goal is long and rocky. But the effort is worthwhile because the people of Cologne are enthusiastic and the city wants to celebrate itself. For example, we were able to establish the festival ACHT BRÜCKEN in Cologne, because the city made a commitment to it. It knows what such an institution means for the location. The same is true of the Kölner Philharmonie: a hall of this size must be able to rely on the city, and vice versa. Louwrens Langevoort, Executive and Artistic Director Kölner Philharmonie/ KölnMusik GmbH Top-class Pop culture Whether electro, Indie or world music in Cologne s clubs many exciting party-series are presented by nationally and internationally renowned DJs. No less diverse is the range of concerts, with its numerous venues, including the E-Werk, Kulturkirche, Luxor and LANXESS Arena, one of the largest multi-function arenas in Europe. In autumn 2013 three Cologne clubs Gebäude 9, King George and City Garden were honoured in the initial presentation of the Spielstättenprogrammpreis Rock, Pop, Jazz by the Initiative Musik, a promotional initiative of the federal government. Also awarded for the first time in 2013 were the Cologne Club Awards, organized by the KLUBKOMM and PopkulturKöln. Prizes went to Baustelle Kalk, Gewölbe, Klub Genau, Live Music Hall and Sonic Ballroom. Europe s largest reggae festival, Summer Jam, is at home in Cologne, as is Summerstage, the World Music Festival of the WDR Radio channel Funkhaus Europa. Ambient, Techno and Contemporary Classic are brought together at the Ambient Festival in the Basilica of St. Aposteln. The Week-End Fest with its unusual programme once again attracted worldwide attention in King George and the Museum Ludwig jointly organized the King Ludwig concert series on the roof of the famous museum. The Cologne Music Week takes place concurrently with»passagen Interior Design Week«as well as the»imm cologne The international interiors show«. And during gamescom once again in 2014, many stars will be appearing in the open air in Cologne s city centre. The MusicArtMedia Conference (MAM) will have its premiere in early August 2014, with art exhibitions, fashion shows and a twoday music festival where international star DJs are expected. Saturn am Hansaring is considered to be the world s largest entertainment store. Record shops like Parallel and Underdog have a large selection of vinyl, a-musik and Kompakt are also internationally known as a label for experimental and electronic music.
19 Interface between music and the electronic media: c/o pop MediacityCologne Le Pop Musik, Melting Pot Music, Meyer Records and Tumbleweed Records are other well-known Cologne independent labels. With Good to Go, one of the most important German independent distributors is based here. Under its roof are Groove Attack and Rough Trade Distribution. New and Classic Music For lovers of new music Cologne is one of the most important cities in Germany. And classical music lovers also get plenty of offers. According to a survey by the daily»rheinische Post«among music journalists, the three best orchestras in North Rhine-Westphalia are in Cologne: the Ensemble musikfabrik, the WDR Symphonie Orchester and the Gürzenich Orchester Cologne. Other major ensembles are the WDR Rundfunkorchester and the WDR Rundfunkchor. Acht Brücken. Musik für Köln is a festival at the interface between new music, electronic as well as jazz and in 2014 is concerning itself with the mechanization of society since the First World War and the change associated with it. As in previous years, the concerts at venues like the Kunst-Station St. Peter and raum13 attracted large numbers of listeners. The Network ON Neue Musik Köln, the Kölner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik and the Institut für Neue Musik at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln initiate numerous exciting projects and concerts. The reihem is an international series of concerts of contemporary music, electronic and new media. A great commitment is also shown by the radio stations: Deutschlandfunk with the Raderberg Concerts in the Kammermusiksaal and WDR 3 with traditional broadcast and concert series. The building of the Oper Köln a Grade II listed building by the architect Wilhelm Riphahn is currently being extensively renovated. Current venue is the»oper am Dom«. The central venue for classical music is the Kölner Philharmonie, where world-class artists regularly appear. Twelve renowned vocal ensembles have joined forces in the Netzwerk Kölner Chöre. The free music scene of the cathedral city presents itself at 25 different venues on the annual Kölner Musiknacht. Education The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln is one of the world s leading artistic education institutions and, with its three locations in Cologne, Wuppertal and Aachen, is one of the largest music academies in Europe. The Klanglabor of the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln organizes its own concert series, public lectures and presentations. The Offene Jazz Haus Schule and the Rheinische Musikschule are recognized addresses for young and adult talents. The private schools Deutsche POP and Drummer s Focus have branches in Cologne. Cologne industry giants With the Music Store, Germany s second-largest sheet music dealer and in its sector Europe s largest online retailer is based in Cologne. Also based in Cologne are leading event agencies such as Alba Kultur, Dirk Becker Entertainment, Konzertbüro Schoneberg, Peter Rieger and Prime Entertainment.»Mittendrin!«in the WDR Broadcasting Centre Old Music Old music has been playing an important role in Cologne for decades. The city is home to world-renowned soloists and orchestras, including the Concerto Köln ensemble, awarded the Echo Klassik for the fifth time in 2013, the Kölner Akademie, the Kölner Kammerorchester which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013, and the ensemble CordArte; nowhere else in Germany is so much potential bundled together. Also ZAMUS Zentrum für alte Musik Köln run by the Kölner Gesellschaft für Alte Musik is unique in Germany. It links those involved on the Cologne scene and international partners and, among other things, organizes the Kölner Fest für Alte Musik, equally popular with world stars and audiences, whose concerts in 2014 attracted about 3,200 people. A further attraction: the Forum Alte Musik concert series from musik+konzept and WDR 3. Jazz Among the most important jazz clubs in the city are Altes Pfandhaus, loft and Stadtgarten, which also hosts most interesting events from other genres together with the associated Studio 672. For the concert operation of the Stadtgarten, the Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus is responsible, which organizes the winter jazz cologne festival jointly with the saxophonist Angelica Niescier. For decades, the WDR Big Band is a fixed size. The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln arranges the Festival Jazz Against The Machine. Music in Cologne Cologne's music scene with addresses and dates: Popular music: Old music: If you looking for opportunities to perform and for rehearsal rooms, bands can contact: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln Musikreferat Phone PopkulturKöln e.v.: Klubkomm, Verband Kölner Clubs und Veranstalter e.v.: Berufsverband Medienmusik: Events Acht Brücken: Ambient Festival: c/o pop: Cologne Music Week: Forum Alte Musik: Funkhaus Europa Summerstage: Jazz Against The Machine: Klubnacht Köln: Kölner Fest für Alte Musik: Kölner Musiknacht: MusicArtMedia Conference: Musik in den Häusern der Stadt: reihem: Romanischer Sommer: SommerStart: SoundTrack_Cologne: Summer Jam: Week-End Fest: winterjazz Köln:
20 18 MediacityCologne Communication - strategies for the future PR, Advertising & Marketing of all facets Creative, innovative and often owner-operated: Cologne has established itself in recent years as the location of successful communication agencies and also has to say more than one word in online marketing and advertising. Large-size advertising installations High-selling and awarded: PR agencies In PR agency sales rankings Cologne-based companies play a good role year after year. Oliver Schrott Kommunikation, Germany s fourth largest PR agency with offices in Stuttgart, New York and Beijing, has implemented more than 500 international projects in over 40 countries on four continents since ergo Unternehmenskommunikation is one of the leading owner-managed communication consultancies in Germany with offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Its clients include leading corporations, small and medium-sized companies and federal ministries. Muehlhausmoers Corporate Communications, owner-operated full-service agency with offices in Berlin and Cologne, in 2013 received eleven awards in the USA at the Spotlight Awards and eight medals at the Galaxy Award. Antwerpes is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DocCheck AG, operator of the largest Internet platform for information exchange, online services and e-commerce in the healthcare market. Antwerpes also specializes in these areas. For the 2012 Annual Report of DocCheck, the Agency received the international award Gold Midas PR-Partner Köln agency specialized in the IT, telecom and technology with a second office in Berlin has been part of the Palmer Hargreaves international agency group since October Yupik Marketing Public Relations has specialized on product and theme PR in the health and beauty sector as well as in consumer and trade media. RheinFaktor is an owner-managed agency with core competencies in strategic consulting, advertising, digital communications and PR. Media Consulta, largest independent PR and advertising agency in Germany and market leader in the areas of Corporate Communications and Political Communication, was founded in Cologne, where it is still represented by a branch office. Also each with a local office: Wunderman Deutschland, the world s leading digital & CRM Agency and, according to the Deutsche Dialogmarketing Verband, Agency of the Year in 2013, and the MSLGROUP, which is among the world s four largest public relations networks. Kuhn, Kammann & Kuhn, Cologne agency for business communication, has offices in Basel, Berlin and San Francisco. Communications and Marketing on the Internet High billing and creative Internet agencies can also be found in Cologne. Germany s most successful include the full-service agency Denkwerk with well-known clients all over the world. Other important local Internet agencies are d-sire, Interlutions, Kernpunkt, Nexum, reality bytes, result Agentur für digitalen Wandel as well as the Cologne offices of DigitasLBi and Pixelpark. SapientNitro, part of the global Sapient network, focuses on digital media and design. High-profile agencies for search engine optimization are DieWebAg, Fairrank, luna-park, SUMO and the Google AdWords Premium SME partner adora MEDIA, a subsidiary of the Greven-Verlagsgruppe. With Verytv, one of the German web TV pioneers is to be found in Cologne. The company employs moving image communication as a PR and marketing instrument, develops distribution platforms for its customers and ensures that the content attracts attention on external distribution channels. domstadt.tv also focuses on moving images and social media consulting in the area of corporate communications.
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