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NRW is undisputedly Germany’s No. 1 TV hub. This is not only the headquarters for such major channels as WDR or RTL, but is also home to the most important producers and a highly specialised service sector. Locally established creative networks offer a first-class environment for the production of all TV genres. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is a reliable partner for supporting the production of TV fiction and the development of innovative TV formats.

 Facts and figures

  • Germany’s No. 1 TV hub
  • one of the largest TV hubs in Europe
  • WDR, RTL, VOX, SUPER RTL, ntv, NITRO, RTLup, phoenix, ONE
  • streaming services: RTL+, MagentaTV, GigaTV Net
  • QVC: Germany’s teleshopping market leader
  • Cologne: Germany’s undisputed TV capital
  • home to important national and international TV producers
  • entertainment, shows, series, films, comedy, documentaries
  • funding of series, movies, innovative formats
  • NRW is the hotspot of the web video scene
  • one of the most state-of-the-art studio infrastructures in Europe
  • German Television Award, Grimme Award, German Comedy Award, German Camera Award

More information:

Television in NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: Innovative serial formats

Nico Hofmann
CEO UFA
NRW is one of the most important regions for media in Germany: creativity meets first-class regional funding. Year after year, we have worked here on an enormous variety of programmes to the very highest standards - this is also primarily thanks to the support from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW whose work has been very close to my heart now for several years through our joint successes.
Michael Souvignier
Managing Director Zeitsprung Pictures
Excellent public support, a good infrastructure, big TV stations, lots of creative people, Europe’s biggest studio at MMC and experienced providers of services for cinema, films and television: for Zeitsprung NRW is the ideal production location and a major centre of the television medium.
Tom Buhrow
Director-General Westdeutscher Rundfunk
NRW as a strong media region is one of the important players in this industry and is keeping pace with the speed of the digital age. This development has been given a further boost by the pandemic. We will not let up in our efforts to continue offering the appropriate outlets and so be there for the people in NRW. Whether it be via mediatheques, smartphones, tablets, apps, podcasts or in a linear format. One thing is a must: the fruitful exchange with many creative minds in the film and media scene and the cooperation with reliable partners.
Michael Smeaton
CEO FFP New Media
With WDR and the RTL Media Group, NRW not only has two of the most important commissioners of programmes; the Film- und Medienstiftung is a strong and innovative partner for producers. We have outstanding film-makers in NRW and a very good infrastructure from studios through service-providers to postproduction possibilities.
Wolfgang Cimera
Managing Director Network Movie
NRW is an important region in Germany and at the heart of Europe, and this importance should be reflected in its media presence. The prerequisites are fulfilled in NRW in terms of logistics, financing and personnel to an outstanding extent. No-one who uses them will regret opting for this location.
Stefan Hoff
Managing Director EMG Germany
NRW is and remains a guarantee for the best entertainment productions. As an internationally sought-after moving image service provider, EMG Germany realises large scale TV productions, but also visionary streaming content for YouTube and IGTV as well as social media live broadcasting.
Ute Biernat
CEO UFA Show & Factual
Cologne is the home of entertainment! Every third minute of TV programming is produced in and around Cologne, all the important players in the entertainment industry are based here and, thanks to the Cologne mentality, everyone is equal. The heart of entertainment beats in Cologne unlike in any other city!
Anke Engelke
Comedian and actress
Cologne is the perfect location for the things I do. There is a lot of overlap between friends and colleagues here, and I like to work with people who are also my friends. I do like to see how things are organized elsewhere. But I am always very happy to return to Cologne, where I see that things work as I like them.
Leopold Hoesch
CEO Broadview TV
NRW – it represents a luxury dilemma: everything is right on your doorstep, including an audience of 18 million that has no objection to seeing its own region on film. I ask myself why anyone would shoot anywhere else … ? We certainly like shooting here, and nothing is going to change that. Thanks to the Filmstiftung for its enduring support, which makes the location ultimately unique.
Regina Ziegler
CEO Zieglerfilm
Producing in NRW – often it used to be pure risk, but these days it is almost always sheer pleasure. The structures that have grown here in the last decades, most having been planted and tended by the Filmstiftung – that is what you could call a success story.
Henning Baum
Actor
For me, it's the people in NRW who constantly inspire and surprise me with their unagitated joie de vivre.
Annette Frier
Actress
It wasn't until during the shoot for Danni Lowinski that, as a native of Cologne, I got to know my city and large part of NRW again and in a completely new light: also nice to know that there really are still actors who can live here (from their work!!!) and we don't all have to move to Berlin...
Hans W. Geißendörfer
CEO Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion KG
NRW is situated at the centre of Europe. The Rhine flows through NRW. It is a symbol for pantha rei (everything flows) and nothing stands still. New things are developed, acknowledged and used. Everything is in a flux.
Karin Kuhn
Head of Programme Division Entertainment, Family and Children WDR
The most important show producers are still based in Cologne and the surrounding area, the spectrum of excellent producers, authors, directors, commissioning editors and researchers is very good. And the best thing is: more and more companies are working both for private and public channels. A cross-fertilisation is good for everyone!
Oliver Schablitzki
Executive Vice President Multichannel RTL Germany
As a television hub, NRW - and especially Cologne in this respect - is and remains top of the pile. A top-class and powerful TV industry has developed within the orbit of the RTL Deutschland Media Group and WDR, and this also offers an ideal environment for the growth of small channels like RTL NITRO.
René Jamm
CEO Warner Bros. International Television Production Germany
NRW is unique and versatile, and also great on a small scale. The federal state has everything one needs for life and making film and TV programmes except for a long coastline! For me personally, there isn‘t any better location apart from North Rhine-Westphalia.
Hermann Joha
Managing Director action concept Film- & Stuntproduktion
It's fun producing in NRW - that's not only because the locations are usually ideal and there is an existing infrastructure, but also as the support from the authorities and organisations is exemplary
Jörg Schönenborn
Director of Programmes Information, Fiction and Entertainment WDR
NRW is as diverse as WDR is varied - always with the aspiration of offering reliable information as well as quality fiction and entertainment in what are particularly difficult times. We are working together with the production community to concentrate on innovative linear as well as increasingly more digital projects.
Christoph Maria Herbst
Actor
NRW – it's all about mining resources. A region invents itself anew. The terms remain the same. Keep it up
Christiane Ruff
Managing Director ITV Studios
NRW is still ideal as a base for ITV Studios Germany. It was fantastic during this Coronavirus pandemic how quick studios like MMC or EMG Germany were able to develop hygiene concepts and thus make productions possible so that the supply of programming for the TV channels was secured.
Sam Davis
CEO Rowboat
NRW is colourful, lively, bright and liberal. Those are characteristics which promote creativity, offer fertile soil for talents and make good work possible. We feel fine in NRW!
Günther Jauch
Presenter
As a production company, you have good conditions for working successfully in NRW and, above all, in Cologne: this is where you are close to the big media concerns, a good infrastructure and a very lively scene of creative heads.
Frank Plasberg
Managing shareholder Ansager&Schnipselmann
Producing in NRW – one could hardly wish for more. Commissioning editors, authors, directors, cinematographers, editors – many of the best women and men in these professions live and work here. We profit from the professionalism and creativity of these colleagues on our productions.
Martina Hill
Actress
NRW as a film region is a dream - so versatile, innovative, cooperative, creative, constructive and, above all, compact. For „Switch reloaded“, for example, we used Cologne for the harbour of Miami and then the LOST jungle on Hawaii, and both were just five minutes apart on the bicycle. Perfect.
Bettina Böttinger
Managing Director Encanto Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbH
Nothing is far away in the media region of NRW and the communication is direct. And the success shows that NRW is on the right path – it's teeming here with innovative TV producers, film producers, YouTube stars and computer game developers. This diversity, in particular,has helped me feel so comfortable here as a TV producer and person.
Dieter Nuhr
Comedian
As a Düsseldorfer, I am not always pleased that something like Cologne exists, but you can't beat the settlement as a media hub. Without Cologne, you'd often only have the test card, That would be better than many other things, but no matter. Cologne is the tops as a centre for TV production.
Jan Böhmermann
Producer
Being creative and producing in NRW has many advantages. The infrastructure is outstanding, NRW is an unexhaustible source of humouristic inspiration, and the staff don't have arduous hairdos, meaningful tattoos or destructive attitudes like in Berlin.You'd be really stupid to produce anywhere else.
Stefan Oelze
Managing Director Rosebank
I am delighted that the special importance of the "entertainment" genre for NRW (accounts for two-thirds of the TV production) is being reflected for the first time by the new ifs Master's programme. It's the first ever in Germany.
Marcus Wolter
CEO Banijay Germany
NRW stands for vibrant, creative television production companies, a flourishing film industry and a growing digital economy. We are pleased to have found a real home for Banijay Germany in such a dynamic and innovative location as Cologne.
Lisa Ortgies
Presenter, Frau TV
North Rhine-Westphalia is a federal state with many strong women and Frau TV is the only women's magazine programme on German television. That's only at WDR, that only exists in NRW, with such completely different people.
Sandra Maischberger
Journalist and CEO vincent tv
Whoever wants to produce successful television in Germany can't avoid NRW at all. This is where you will find the most attractive concentration of media houses, an incredible pool of creatives and an effective and dedicated funding system. You don't need any more.
Sascha Schwingel
Managing Director VOX
We offer our VOX viewers an honest entertainment schedule with a clear position that touches and inspires them. This is more important than ever. And, to do this, we need good and trustworthy partners we know are there in NRW.
Hana Geißendörfer
Managing Director Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion
We think highly of NRW as a strong media and creative hub since this is where we benefit from a remarkably vibrant scene and, at the same time, a high concentration of qualified creative people as well as attractive shooting locations.
Astrid Quentell
Managing Director Sony Pictures FFP Production
Having a base in NRW has also provided reliable production conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic. Politicians and the local authorities have taken a level-headed and prudent approach to this and done everything in their power, in close consultation with the producers, to allow filming to begin again. So, NRW has provided the right enviroment to carry on producing successful formats regardless even in the current challenging situation.
Philipp Käßbohrer
Managing Director bildundtonfabrik, Producer and Author
Highbrow culture and light enterainment exist side by side in NRW's production scene. Youtubers and quizmasters eat at the same kebab takeaway. Arthouse cinema, games and entertainment all enjoy good funding opportunities, and service providers have been very successful in adapting to the different requirements. An ideal breeding ground for complex productions on an international level.
Alessandro Nasini
Managing Director Bavaria Entertainment
Our federal state of NRW has a great tradition with its many media professionals. To ensure that it stays that way, it's also important for us at Bavaria to support young talent and keep the hub as attractive as possible.
Felix Wesseler
COO filmpool entertainment
filmpool has been producing from a base in NRW since 1974 , at times in Cologne, and then in Hürth. Then as now, the location, region and people are internationally unique and, in terms of density and diversity, ideal for the production of moving image content.
Gerda Müller
CEO Bantry Bay Productions
In addition to the outstanding infrastructure and excellent funding opportunities, great diversity and creative know-how have been concentrated in Cologne and the surrounding area for years. Above all, professionalism and passion come together here. A connection that is indispensable for all our Bantry Bay productions.
Henning Tewes
CEO RTL Television and Co-CEO RTL+
The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW has given important impetus to the development and diversity of NRW as a media region for more than 30 years and provides tremendous support for the creative industry. We would like to express our gratitude for the funding of numerous projects such as the recent productions "Faking Hitler" or "Birth of a Champion" which have delighted a large audience on all our channels.
Sabine de Mardt
CEO Gaumont Deutschland
As a media hub, NRW provides a variety of broadcasters, creatives as well as European partners. More importantly: the most populous federal state is home to the majority of the people we want to entertain. And we also feel at home here.
Arnim Butzen
Head Commercial Management TV Telekom Deutschland
NRW is the home of Deutsche Telekom and an important media hub. At Magenta TV, we benefit every day from the diverse creative landscape and fantastic media infrastructure. As a cooperation partner of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, we are making a conscious decision to support local productions that are in high demand from our customers.
Lutz Heineking Jr.
Managing Director, Creative Director eitelsonnenschein
The places and possibilities are as varied as North Rhine-Westphalia'sunwieldy description as a media region. A provincial backwater is different – alright, but so is a metropolis. For me, it's home and inspiration: I just happen to come from here.
Kai Sturm
Head of Entertainment RTL Television
NRW is my home and BVB my club! I feel a special connection with the people who live here. For many of our formats, they are the best protagonists you could wish for!
Helge Fuhst
Deputy Editor-in-Chief ARD-Aktuell
Phoenix broadcasts provides Germany with up-to-date information and analyses, talks and discussions, reports and documentaries from a base in Bonn. The media hub of NRW and the UN capital of Bonn offer the best conditions to do this: creative minds, international flair and an outstanding media infrastructure. The best conditions for fulfilling our programme mandate - for a better informed republic.
Nina Klink
Managing Director Seapoint Productions
NRW with the TV capital of Cologne is a location that offers us great diversity: whether it be a glittering dance floor, a late-night stage or a summer house in Bocholt. What’s more, there are fantastic qualified personnel. A guarantee for good TV entertainment, even in challenging times. We’d probably produce all our formats here if we also had the sun, sea and sand.
Thorsten Braun
Managing Director SUPER RTL
NRW also offers the best conditions when the focus is on the really young consumers of media. This is a place where there are both creative minds as well as the economic infrastructure to tell inspiring stories that we can deliver using every kind of channel to appeal to the children.
Iris Baumüller
Casting Director DIE BESETZER CASTING
NRW is home for me - both privately and professionally. NRW has a vibrant and diverse film, theatre and acting scene. And AnnenMayKantereit! ("Zu Hause bist immer nur du")