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Facts and figures

  • Germany’s leading media and communications hub
  • over 25,000 companies, more than 463,000 employees, around 127 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, n-tv, Phoenix, QVC
  • one-third of the television programming minutes produced in Germany
  • 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
  • ideal conditions for founders and start-ups
  • 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
Free media are a guarantee for reliable information. They are indispensable for our democratic discourse. In order to secure media pluralism and freedom of speech, we are providing for good local conditions and a modern legal framework that guarantees fair competition and strengthens the media-digital region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Strong global players, creative start-ups and an innovative middle class - their interaction is what makes the media industry in North Rhine-Westphalia so successful. The media is the engine of digital transformation and an important future industry for our state.
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
The values we stand for in NRW are nonnegotiable: protection of human dignity, media pluralism, protection of minors and consumers, freedom of speech. We are committed to a culture of free debate on the Internet that is not characterised by hatred or disinformation. The «Don‘t just delete – prosecute» initiative pursues criminal hate speech.
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen
Minister of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
NRW film funding has a wide spectrum: from hit films and international co-productions through to artistic works which would not be possible without funding. The reaction to NRW films is excellent on both a national and international level.