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Facts and figures

  • Germany’s leading media and communications hub
  • around 26,000 companies, more than 472,000 employees, more than 143 billion euros turnover
  • internationally operating media and telecommunications companies
  • Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone
  • strong newspaper and book publishing sector
  • Cologne: German TV capital No. 1
  • leading TV broadcasters WDR, RTL, VOX, SUPER RTL, ntv, phoenix, QVC
  • one-third of domestic television programming produced here
  • Germany’s leading TV producers
  • highly professional service providers and studios
  • lively and creative film scene
  • one of Germany‘s financially strongest regional film funders
  • booming games cluster, strong web video scene
  • Düsseldorf – advertising hub with the highest turnover and “mobile capital”
  • excellent universities
  • diverse art and cultural scene

More information:

The Media Region NRW 

Thomas Rabe
Chairman of the board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Bertelsmann is operating in around 50 countries – but North Rhine-Westphalia is the heart and home of our company. As a part of NRW’s strong, innovative media landscape, we are working from here with creativity and entrepreneurship on shaping the industry‘s digital transformation.
Sabine Bendiek
Area Vice President Microsoft Germany
As “NRWers” in the Rheinau Harbour, we appreciate the proximity to key accounts, medium- sized enterprises and important partners of ICT. Being an innovation-driven company, we are benefitting from the media industry’s diversity and from higher education and research institutions.
Tom Buhrow
Director-General Westdeutscher Rundfunk
NRW is a strong media state and thanks to ist many creative minds it will remain strong even in the digital age. This means for WDR: We will produce more cross-media and expand nonlinear platforms. This makes it all the more important for us to have reliable partners at our side who, like us, are committed to providing our audiences with a high-quality, independent and innovative program.
Timotheus Höttges
CEO Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is not only providing society with infrastructure; it allows people to participate in the opportunities offered by the digital world. Anytime and anywhere. Privately and professionally. That is our mission, and NRW is the home from where we assume this responsibility."
Nathanael Liminski
Head of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia
The media industry contributes to cultural diversity in our federal state. Our economy's creativity and innovation is reinforced and sustains thousands of jobs. That is why it is important for us to secure the best possible parameters for the media industry.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Innovative, creative, digital - the media industry in North Rhine-Westphalia has all the prerequisites for being able to cope with crisis situations as well. The state government will continue to support the industry to the best of its ability because North Rhine-Westphalia needs a strong, attractive film and media industry with its own unique profile.
Bernd Reichart
CEO Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
The high density of media professionals in NRW contributes significantly to the success of the Media Group RTL Germany. We are also the local hero in the total video sector because at our Cologne location, we can rely on highly qualified employees and strong partners who create moving and up-to-date content for us.
Dr. Tobias Schmid
Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW and Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities
Freedom of speech, protection of human dignity, media pluralism, and youth and user protection are not negotiable for us. We are committed in NRW to ensuring that these are respected in the media - by enforcing the law and offering people orientation in their everyday use of media.
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
Cinemas and film festivals are irreplaceable cultural venues of shared experience for many people in our federal state. It's a wonderful sign that, even in difficult times, they and all the other actors in the film industry are continuing to work with enthusiasm for their audience!