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Fit for the Future

MMC Studios

The MMC campus: This is where Germany's most popular TV shows are staged.

Since 2010 André van Eijden has been the managing director of Europe’s largest independent media centre in Cologne: The Magic Media Company (MMC). »The MMC has outstanding infrastructure, and offers the best possible production conditions,« the experienced media entrepreneur and consultant explains. »My task is primarily to utilise this potential in an effective and innovative manner.«

The company has been constantly investing in new technology: The control room in the Coloneum, for instance, has recently been upgraded, to enable HD production. Both the spatial capacity and the technical equipment of MMC have appealed to the makers of national and international film and television since the company was founded in 1991. In the 1990’s, one of the largest and most modern studio landscapes in Europe appeared on the 100,000 square metres-plus Hürth campus. In terms of the private television industry in Germany, that makes MMC a clear number one. Well over half of all productions for private television networks are made here. The public law broadcasters, however, are also increasingly turning to the studios.

André van Eijden

»My express goal is the constant advancement of MMC, and of North Rhine-Westphalia as a media location, and thereby of its leading position within the German television and film landscape.«

André van Eijden, Managing Director MMC


Hollywood star Sir Ben Kingsley (»The Physician«) on the MMC campus.

Over the years, MMCI established itself as a highly valued partner for large film productions, and also managed the hop across the pond to Hollywood. 2009 saw the cinema release of both the co-production »Hilde«, with Heike Makatsch, and the romance »Chéri«, directed by Stephen Frears and with Michelle Pfeiffer in the main role. Both films premiered at the 2009 Berlinale, and caused quite a stir. »The Berlinale offered us an outstanding platform,« Bastie Griese, Head of Film Production, enthuses. »›Chéri‹ allowed MMCI to highlight its competencies in film financing and production internationally, and simultaneously promote NRW as a film location. The efforts have been rewarded: Large international film productions have already been realised, and many more are in the planning stage. In 2012, for a start, Hollywood director David Cronenberg shot ›A Dangerous Method‹ starring Keira Knightly and Michael Fassbender on the MMC campus.

Highlights in 3D

The fact that the media centre is well prepared for future technology is evidenced in the filming of the MMC Independent co-production »The Gate« – made in 3D. The Coloneum in Cologne-Ossendorf is establishing itself as the leading television production location in Germany. For the television production »Hindenburg«, supported by MMC Independent and screened at the end of last year, the company’s set designers brought the inner workings of the famous zeppelin back to life in multiple studios, over a to tal area of 3,000 square metres. More than 100 permanent employees, and up to 800 casual workers, guarantee the optimum conditions for productions, whether shows, television series, 24-hour live broadcasts or events.

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The Magic Media Company TV-Produktionsgesellschaft mbH (MMC) was founded in 1991, and developed into an independent media centre. The Coloneum in Cologne-Ossendorf brings together 19 studios over a total area of more than 157,000 square metres. Currently, much-loved shows including »Forbidden Love« (»Verbotene Liebe») and»Germany's Got Talent« are produced in the MMC studios.
MMC Independent GmbH (MMCI) is the film production arm of MMC. Alongside studio rental, stage design and scenery and prop construction, MMCI is heavily involved as an international film production and financing partner. The current MMCI portfolio includes international cinema successes »Amelie« and »Seven Dwarves«.

Magic Media Company TV-Produktionsgesellschaft mbH

Am Coloneum 1
50829 Cologne
Phone 02 21/2 50-0
Fax 02 21/2 50-2500

Subsidiary Company:MMC Independent

Managing Director: André van Eijden

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