During the second MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin, 150 participants engaged in vibrant discussions over the course of 49 sessions. Highlight guests included Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings and political-activist group Pussy Riot. Speaking to nearly 2,000 listeners, Hastings described his vision for the future of digital entertainment and outlined planned Netflix activities for Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world.
“Visual Ventures – Television Producers and Newspaper Publishers working together online”
Newspapers are increasingly joining with filmmakers to create multimedia – and thus more intensive and multi-dimensional – content. On the panel, Mark Lepetit (UFA Fiction) spoke about his new project, the “NSU Protokolle” fiction documentary. Representing content such as the NSU trial on film is a contemporary means of presenting complex and unwieldy news topics in a new way, while making them more intelligible to viewers, Lepetit said.
The Video Offensive – Platforms and their Strategies
On Wednesday morning, representatives of the online-video world’s four biggest players sat together in MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin’s full-to-bursting Hall 5: Ben McOwen Wilson, YouTube’s director for EMEA-region content partnerships; Robert Bridge, Yahoo’s vice president for international editorial and marketing; Dr. Christoph Schneider, CEO of Amazon Instant Video Germany; and Martin Ott, Facebook’s managing director for Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. Ben McOwen Wilson reported that more than 300 hours of new content are uploaded to YouTube every minute.