Streaming Geopolitics – Debating the EU’s Next Moves on the Global Chessboard at EFM Horizon
What is at stake for the EU in the 2020s? Which strategies for industry positioning are actually viable in a global context? Where will European content be? How is it going to be accessed? What are the intermediate steps that are required to allow media and entertainment professionals to work towards an EU streaming vision on a daily basis?
We were thrilled to be able to moderate this interactive workshop, co-hosted by Creative Europe MEDIA and EFM Horizon, that sought to answer these questions. This highly interactive session pooled on-the-ground knowledge from a hand-picked group of media and entertainment professionals.
Soleen Yusef, the Iraq-born director and writer who had signed on to direct episodes of Skylines, a German Netflix series on the entanglements of the hip hop industry, finance and organised crime in Frankfurt, Michael Polle, Head of TV at X Films, the creator of hit German series Babylon Berlin together with Sky, as well as Isi and Ossi, Netflix’s first German film production, Jaume Ripoll, Co-Founder and Head of Content and Development at Spanish VOD platform Filmin, the so-called ‘Netflix for auteurs’, Dr. Wolf Osthaus, Director of Public Policy of the DACH region for Netflix, and Lucia Recalde, Head of Unit, Creative Europe Media and the Directorate-General of CONNECT at the European Commission, all shared and discussed valuable insights and predictions based on their deep industry knowledge.
Experts and participants delved deep into market trends, policy developments and how these might interface with a pragmatic action plan for the next decade of European streaming strategy. The discussion took place in three rounds, first exploring creativity, storytelling and content production, secondly discussing production and financing, and thirdly discussing distribution and outreach.