The media location North Rhine-Westphalia
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The media location NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia numbers among the most highly developed media and creative regions in Europe. TV and radio stations, network operators and content providers are accelerating the process of media convergence. Numerous international media and telecommunication giants are located in NRW. The state is also home to a vibrant film industry and a strong publishing sector. In addition, the computer games industry is strongly represented and achieves the largest sales of any Germany region. In addition, the diverse cultural scene in NRW fosters a productive crossover between the arts, culture and the media, thus boosting creativity and innovation.

Did you know ...

… that one third of Germany's total TV airtime is produced in North Rhine-Westphalia?

... that international movies such as Cloud Atlas, Rush and The Physician were funded by NRW Film and Media Foundation?

... that with a ceiling height of 26 m the highest film studios in the world are located in Cologne-Ossendort?

Media location NRW | Quick Facts


total workforce
NRW is a major center for the media and creative industries – as evidenced in more than 24,000 enterprises, a total workforce of more than 412,000 and annual sales of almost €122 billion.

No 1

in Germany
In terms of revenues Düsseldorf is Germany's number one advertising industry location.

40 %

in NRW
More than 40 percent of Germany's mobile communication companies are headquartered in NRW.

25 %

in NRW
In terms of sales revenues NRW is one of the leading German computer gaming markets. One German games developer out of four works in NRW.

Meeting places for the creative community in NRW

Film museum Düsseldorf in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia's leading role in the media industry is mirrored in numerous events and trade shows held in Cologne. For example, 'gamescom', the world's largest trade fair for interactive games, has continuously set new records for exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance. At 'dmexco', the annual Digital Marketing Exposition and Congress, media professionals discuss the latest trends in marketing and consumer communication.


Media enterprises in NRW

Numerous media enterprises are based in the Rhineland region, above all in the city of Cologne, the No. 1 media location:

Bertelsmann, DuMont Mediengruppe, RTL, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions

Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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