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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 locations in Europe
  • WDR, RTL, Vox, Super RTL, n-tv, Nitro, RTLplus, Phoenix, One
  • QVC: Germany‘s teleshopping market leader
  • Cologne: Germany‘s undisputed TV Capital
  • Next Generation TV: NRW hotspot of the webvideo scene
  • location of important national and international TV producers
  • wide range: entertainment, shows, series, comedy, sitcoms
  • funding of series, TV movies and innovative formats on the Web
  • MMC: one of the most modern studio landscapes 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

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.
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.
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.
Ute Biernat
CEO UFA Show & Factual
Cologne is the Home of Entertainment! This is where we produce our successful shows, major broadcasters are located in the middle of the city, the studio landscape is extremely well developed, and all the entertainment professionals are at home here. Cologne is my second home!
Anke Engelke
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 pictures
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.
Claude Schmit
Managing Director Super RTL
Media fascinates people. Much of what inspires and entertains viewers – no matter on which platform – is produced in Cologne. We are grateful to be able to work and live in such a creative and innovative environment. This motivates and inspires and always creates room for something new.
Henning Baum
For me, it's the people in NRW who constantly inspire and surprise me with their unagitated joie de vivre.
Annette Frier
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...
Volker Weicker
Professor for Live Direction at the Academy for Media Arts Cologne (KHM), director for live entertainment, shows & sports
The studios and, above all, the excellent standard of personnel have kept NRW at the forefront of German TV entertainment for several years.
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!
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.
Oliver Schablitzki
Executive Vice President Multichannel Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
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
Christoph Maria Herbst
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 the location of choice for ITV Studios Germany. This is where we have important broadcaster partners in the vicinity, and many creative people are attracted to Cologne and the surrounding area. However, the next major challenge is the training and support for the next generation of young media talents. Entertainment is an area, in particular, where there‘s a lot to be done – and we‘re happy to be actively involved in making a difference!
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 and TV producer
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
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
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
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 Hoff
Managing Director nobeo
NRW is and remains a guarantee for the best entertainment productions. As an internationally sought-after moving image service provider, nobeo realises large scale TV productions, but also visionary streaming content for YouTube and IGTV as well as social media live broadcasting.
Nico Hofmann
NRW is rightly one of Germany‘s most import¬ant film and media hubs. UFA also has traditional links to the region. Fantastic support has been forthcoming for many years from such partners as the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, without which many of our productions would not have been conceivable.
Jörg Schönenborn
Director of Programmes Information, Fiction and Entertainment WDR
Hardly any other federal state is as exciting and diverse as NRW. WDR is an important aspect. Our mission and aspiration is to provide people here in the West with reliable information, quality fiction and entertainment. The producers are an important creative partner and driving force for us.
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.
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.
Oliver Vogel
Chief Creative Officer Bavaria Fiction
NRW is in an excellent position to reinforce its leading role even further. The creativity of the broadcasters, the public support for films and the film production companies give NRW great appeal that goes far beyond the borders of the state.
Stefan Oelze
Managing Director Seapoint Productions
The biggest assets oft he NRW media industy are the people in the region: the diversity of talents and their experiences. This creative potential must be constantly developed and promoted, e.g. in education and training in the field of non-fiction.
Marcus Wolter
CEO Banijay Germany
NRW stands for vibrant, creative TV productions, a flourishing film industry and a growing digital economy. We are pleased to have found a real home for Banijay Germany, the Brainpool Group and Banijay Productions Germany at 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.
Jörg Graf
Managing Director RTL Television
NRW is more than just a home for RTL and the entire media group. Many of our most successful programmes are produced here. So it is important that NRW‘s media hub and its vibrant creative scene receive the necessary support from all of the media professionals and political authorities.
Tanit Koch
Managing Director n-tv & Editor-in-Chief Central Newsroom RTL Media Group
North Rhine-Westphalia is an ideal location for outstanding journalism. There isn‘t any “NRW bubble“ here – but the diversity of the federal state and its citizens is reflected in our reporting, far beyond the state‘s borders.
Sascha Schwingel
Managing Director VOX
The media hub of Cologne is like the city itself: colourful, vibrant, inquisitive and down-to-earth. That‘s something which we as a broadcaster as well as many production companies and media professionals have come to appreciate. Anybody who wants to produce and offer quality is therefore in good hands here.
Kai Sturm
Head of Entertainment at 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.
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 Film- und Fernseh Produktion
NRW offers reliable production conditions. The high professional quality of the crews and diverse locations are a very good prerequisite for successful productions. It‘s not for nothing that Cologne is the ‘epicentre‘ of many successful ntertainment and series formats. The multicultural character and openness of the people in NRW also play a significant role here.
Philipp Käßbohrer
Managing Director bildundtonfabrik, Producer and Author
„Seriousness“ meets „entertainment“ in NRW's production landscape. YouTubers and quizmasters eat at the same kebab takeaway. Arthouse cinema, games and entertainment have the same optimal funding opportunities and service providers are very well prepared to meet the different demands. An ideal fertile ground for complex productions on an international level.
Magnus Kastner
CEO Endemol Shine Germany
My first year in Cologne, a year in the TV melting pot. Creativity, quality and lots of courage to start new things – it's precisely this mix that makes NRW Germany's leading hub for TV producers. That gives me a lot of pleasure!
Michael Kollatschny
Managing Director Endemol Shine Beyond
I have been doing business in and around Cologne for the past 20 years. I know studio complexes, shooting locations and glossy agency rooms, and know Cologne's cliques and international professionalism. Many other cities are more beautiful, my heart will alway remain here.
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
Director of Operations 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.
Henning Tewes
Co-Managing Director TVNOW / COO Programme Affairs & Multichannel Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
TVNOW is the mainstreamer among the German streaming services - with stories and characters originating from right within our society. Our close ties with the fantastic creatives in NRW are an optimal prerequisite for achieving this, since it is only through close partnerships that the freedom for new ideas is able to develop.
Gerda Müller
CEO Bantry Bay Productions
The media hub of NRW is indispensable for Bantry Bay and this was particularly the case when it was set up several years ago. Projects like ¨Weinberg¨ or ¨Red Bracelets¨ were the foundation stone and would not have been possible without partners like the Filmstiftung NRW and Vox. Creative know-how and great diversity have been converging in Cologne and its surroundings for many years. Two of many reasons for being pleased to continue producing here.
Sabine de Mardt
CEO Gumont 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.