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Future Zone Summit. Storytelling in the Digital Age

A joint workshop event of Mediennetzwerk NRW, CREATIVE.NRW, the City of Cologne and HMR International, in cooperation with Mediengründerzentrum NRW, ifs internationale filmschule köln, Transmedia NRW, SAE Institute and CCI Cologne, in media cooperation with WIRED

The first day of the two-day workshop event was dedicated to the topic of “Storytelling in the Digital Age” and the question how merging the potentials of traditional and digital media can create new pervasive and immersive experiences, which takes into account the personality of each audience member and can show how closely storytelling and creative technology are interlinked.

Thursday was all about “Gamification”.


Jochen Voß, Crossmedia Producer, Prime Productions, Cologne

10.00 – 10.15 hrs • Welcome

Jan Lingemann, CEO, Mediennetzwerk.NRW, Dusseldorf
Roland Berger, Head of Media and Internet Department, City of Cologne

10.15 – 11.00 hrs • Keynote

Increasing Sophistication of Storytelling
Alison Norrington, Author & Founder, storycentral, London

11.00 – 11.45 hrs • Case Study

“Sherlock” and The Limits of The Intellect
David Varela
, Transmedia Writer &Producer, London

11.45 – 12.15 hrs • Coffee Break

12.15 – 13.00 hrs • Case Study

What Is Perceptive Media and How to Take Creative Advantage Now…
Ian Forrester
, Senior Firestarter Producer, BBC, Manchester

13.00 – 14.00 hrs • Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.45 hrs • Keynote

A Guidance. How to Expand Storyline Universes Across Platforms Simultaneously or Gradually
Jeff Gomez
, President & Chief Executive Officer, Starlight Runner Entertainment, New York

14.45 – 15.30 hrs • Pitch Session

What’s happening here? Let’s Pitch!

Project Forgotten City
Jimena Aguilar
, Author & Journalist, ifs internationale filmschule köln, Cologne

Project Undercroft
Marsha Courneya
, Author & Researcher, ifs internationale filmschule köln, Cologne

Project Berlin/Seoul Song
Su-Jin Song
, Creative Producer & Director, Cologne Game Lab

15.30 – 16.00 hrs • Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00 hrs • Closing Panel

What’s happening here? Regional Transmedia Storytelling
Michael Brink
, CEO, LAVAlabs Moving Images, Dusseldorf
Nils Hartmann, Head of Interactive, Parasol Island, Dusseldorf
Tobias Schiwek, CEO, UFA LAB, Cologne/Berlin
Daniel Wagner, CEO & Creative Director, Monokel, Cologne


31. May 2017
10.00 – 17.00 hrs


Camphausen-Saal, CCI Cologne
Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26
50667 Cologne


185 EUR/300 EUR plus VAT

Press Comment

Interview with Jeff Gomez (Starlight Runner Entertainment) on Transmedia Storytelling
Mediennetzwerk NRW, 27.06.2017