Media and Creative Industries

Cologne – energetic media city in the heart of Europe

Cologne's burgeoning cultural and creative sector shapes the identity of the Rhenish capital as a centre for media innovation as well as a progressive, cosmopolitan metropolis. It has strong international ties: creative professionals from around the world come here to present their ideas at leading media trade events and festivals, while the city itself is home to a large community of expats. Cologne's prosperous film and broadcasting industry – unique in Germany – as well as its thriving games, design and IT industries attract ambitious, creative people.

6500.00 Companies
60000.00 Creatives
9.50 bil Euros revenue/year

Hothouse for new ideas and talent

Cologne is a young, diverse and creative city of just over a million inhabitants. Every year Cologne's universities turn out 3,000 highly-skilled graduates from media and arts courses, ready and eager to work in the media and cultural industries. They provide a constant stream of fresh inspiration and talent for Cologne's many renowned TV and cinema production companies and studios and they make it easy for media companies settling here to recruit.

Cologne's rich cultural mix breeds success

In terms of sheer creative output originating from individual creators and artists through to inspirational business leaders and successful brands, Cologne is a prosperous city. Approximately 6,500 companies in the media and creative industries account for an annual turnover of around 9.5 billion € and employ around 60,000 people across a diverse range of professions, from directors to industrial designers, e-sports professionals, stage technicians, software programmers and social influencers – all of whom are shaping the future of Cologne in their own unique ways.

Gaming has a home in Cologne

Cologne is one of the world's most renowned locations for the games industry, thanks to  a well-known academic environment, the largest games trade fair, and a vast industry network.

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Samira Kingreen

Foreign Investment Advisor

Media and Creative Industries