Press release of 12 April 2017

The teams behind “jerks.” and “4 Blocks” and Holographic Video expert Steve Sullivan – more highlights at #MCB17

One month from now, from 8 to 10 May, roughly 150 national and international experts will once again get together for an exchange on current topics of digital media society, the media market and media and Internet politics at MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin (MCB). This year, MCB will yet again provide a huge platform for innovative TV formats. Within the session “Film and TV Made in Germany – Meet the Teams”, two series – “jerks.” and “4 Blocks” – which are enriching the landscape of German TV with their blunt and authentic narrative voice will present themselves.

“jerks.” and “4 Blocks”: A story of exploring the limits of taste and an authentic perspective on Berlin’s criminal clans

Many critics regard “jerks.” as the best German comedy in a long time: maxdome, ProSiebenSat1’s online video portal, debuted the buddy series made by and featuring Christian Ulmen and Fahri Yardim in January. On “jerks.”, the pair are playing themselves and testing the limits of good taste with the help of a German film all-star team. Director and protagonist Christian Ulmen and his colleague Emily Cox, camera man Florian Licht and Marvin Lange (CEO at maxdome) will explain on our MCB stage why comedy doesn’t need to stop at heavy topics such as paedophilia, infant death and abuse.
Brutal and visually striking: according to the German newspaper DIE ZEIT, the highly praised Berlin gangster series “4 Blocks” need not shy away from comparisons to “Gomorrha”. Its six episodes tell a tale of friendship and family, betrayal, schemes and guilt within the setting of an Arab clan in Berlin-Neukölln. Kida Khodr Ramadan and Almila Bagriacik, director Marvin Kren, producer Quirin Berg (CEO at Wiedemann & Berg) and Hannes Heyelmann (CEO of Turner for Central and Eastern Europe and responsible for international strategy for proprietary Turner productions) will talk about how strong, authentic language can work on TV at #MCB17.

Storytelling with VR and AR: Microsoft expert Steve Sullivan on Holographic Video and Mixed Reality experiences

Holographic Video captures scenes and rooms with hundreds of cameras from various perspectives. This creates Mixed Reality experiences which can be brought to life through HoloLens. Steve Sullivan, director of the Holographic Video initiative at Microsoft, will present Microsoft’s new technology for Holographic Video production at #MCB17. The holographics studio not only facilitates production, but also transmission and customisation of content in order to make scenes usable for HoloLens, Virtual Reality and traditional 2D productions. Under Sullivan’s aegis, impressive volumetric videos of real people and presentations for Mixed Reality and traditional 2D are created at Microsoft in this fashion.

Previously, Sullivan was responsible for technical development of the film, TV and games divisions at ILM/Lucasfilm for over ten years. More than 70 films – among them “Star Wars”, “Avatar”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Transformers, “Harry Potter” and “Minority Report” – bear his hallmark, and he was awarded three Oscars in the realm of technology. The long-term member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy’s Science and Technology Council has developed over 20 pioneering patents. 

We are looking forward to your visit!

Press conference: 
We will be presenting this year’s MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin and re:publica programme during a joint press conference on Friday, 21 April, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Straße 16, 10963 Berlin. We are looking forward to your participation! If you are interested, simply send us a short e-mail.

Press contact:
Tel.: +49 (0) 173 297 08 19 / +49 (0) 179 866 56 67
Achim Klapp / Wilhelm Nöldeke

MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin is one of Europe’s pionieering media congresses. It is held by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) and Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) on behalf of the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg. This year, the congress is taking place for the fourth time in cooperation with re:publica at STATION Berlin. From 8 to 10 May 2017, the stages of #MCB17 are dedicated to current issues of media and Internet politics, market trends and developments of digital media society. MCB and re:publica are once again expecting about 8,000 visitors from over 60 countries.

Partners: Mediengruppe RTL DeutschlandPro7Sat1 Media, GlomexSaturn, Deutsche Telekom, USM, designfunktion
Media partnersbrandeinst3n, Der TagesspiegelBlickpunkt:FilmFluxFM, Digital Media Women, Gründerszenenews berlinbrandenburg

Project Management (Medienboard): Dr. Anna-Sarah Vielhaber: +49 (0)331-743 87 83,
Project Management (mabb): Anneke Plaß:
Press: Achim Klapp / Wilhelm Nöldeke: +49 173 297 08 19, +49 179 866 56 67,
Sponsoring / Events: Jessica Fuchs +49 (0) 331-743 87 61,
Media Partnerships: Laura Winkler +49 (0) 331 74387 62, #mcb17

MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin is organized by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg (mabb) in cooperation with re:publica and on behalf of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg.

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