Explorer Konferenz X hosted by EFM Producers Hub
24 & 25 February 2020

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The Explorer Konferenz focusses on all things Producing for Cinema, Streaming and TV. This dynamic exchange format for professionals highlights new trends and analyzes challenges and opportunities created by the current disruption in the film industry. International and German speakers give insight into their strategies, share future-oriented knowledge, and debate critical aspects of their work with the audience. The Explorer conference addresses producers, film makers, financiers, and policy makers.

The Explorer Konferenz X is hosted by EFM Producers Hub.


EFM Producers Hub
Gropius Bau, 2nd floor

In cooperation with

Göteborg Film Festival’s annual Nostradamus Report looks into the future of the screen industries 3-5 years from now through interviews with industry experts. In her keynote, Johanna Koljonen will explore the most important findings of the 2020 edition of the report, which is subtitled "A Creative Explosion". The intense market situation of the next 3-5 years offers producers both opportunities and challenges. How can European producers not just ride out the storm, but leverage audience behaviors and new technologies to protect their rights and creativity?

With Johanna Koljonen, Media Analyst, Consultant, Author, Critic
Moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing Director of the German Producers Association

2020 will be the year when the film industry is going green. Producing sustainably is high up on the agenda of studios, broadcasters, films funds, producers, markets and festivals. While green production will soon be an industry norm, producing sustainably comes with higher cost and often a lack of sustainable resources, means of transportation, materials for set construction etc. How does this trend impact the work of independent producers, who already struggle with a dire financial situation and tight budgets? How can independent producers be incentivized to produce sustainably, in a situation where for many reasons it becomes harder and harder to finance films? We want to take a closer look at this complex issue, hear your thoughts and get your input.

With Helge Albers, CEO Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Johanna Koljonen, Media Analyst, Consultant, Author, Critic
Moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing Director of the German Producers Association

Digital marketplaces and platform business models are ubiquitous today- from the most valuable start-ups that are disrupting traditional markets, to established companies that have shifted their business model from a traditional linear to a platform-based approach. But what exactly is a digital market place, and how does the platform business model work? How do they fundamentally change the interaction between buyers and sellers, how do they impact the balance between demand and offer? The platform business model does not own the means of production, but rather creates and facilitates the means of connection. René will explore how a traditional film market could be if successfully transformed into a platform and what this would means for the work of producers.

With René Schäfer, Digital Transformation Expert at hy - the Axel Springer ecosystem firm (Berlin)

Moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing Director of the German Producers Association

The British Codes of Practice from 2002 have fundamentally impacted the market dynamics and changed the relationship between broadcasters and producers in the UK and have inspired similar agreements in many countries.

The basic assumption of this mother of all Terms of Trade is that content diversity and innovation from an audience perspective will only happen if content producers get a significant financial reward and receive a pioneer profit for their efforts and innovations.

Streaming platforms have until now not entered into collective agreements with producers and their associations, standard Terms of Trade have not yet been agreed on. Alexandra and Philipp will explore potential strategies of how independent producers can protect themselves against unfavorable conditions (low financial reward, lack of retention of rights, etc.) and discuss with the audience the potential design of such Terms of Trade or a Charter on working with streaming services. They will also share and discuss the most important issues concerning the relationship between the independent sector and streaming and PayTV services which have been identified in the frame of the 1st European Film Politics Seminar (organized by the European Film Market on 20 February).

With Alexandra Lebret , Managing Director of the European Producers Club and Philipp Kreuzer, Producer at Maze Pictures, Member of the Board of the German Producers Association
Moderated by Erwin M. Schmidt, Managing Director of the German Producers Association