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2021

  • Juergen Boos and Andreas Rötzer

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    Juergen Boos in conversation with Andreas Rötzer

    Publishing is a form of sincerity, says Andreas Rötzer (head of the publisher Matthes & Seitz Berlin since 2004), and an independent publishing house will only succeed if it is able to build trust in the quality of its books. In conversation with Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Andreas Rötzer tells us how he has managed to do this time and time again.

  • Burcu Ünsal Çeküç, Literary Agent of KALEM Agency

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    "Bookstagrammer play an important role for parents in Turkey"

    Digitization, pandemics, refugees - against this backdrop, what is the current state of the Turkish children's book market? Here's an interview with Burcu Ünsal Çeküç, literary agent at the Kalem Agency in Istanbul.

  • Kay Meseberg

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    "Inviting the audience to get active"

    The distribution, creation and production of content is more hybrid than ever before. What role will consumers play in the future and how will technologies such as Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality influence experiences and business models? In an interview with Kay Meseberg, Head of Mission Innovation at ARTE, we talked about cross-sector links and the particularities of the cultural audiovisual sector.

  • Thilo Schmid, Geschäftsführer Verlagsgruppe Oetinger

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    “An unusual approach for the book industry”

    From book to film to game … and vice versa! In almost no other segment of the publishing industry are stories and characters being developed and promoted as innovatively as in books for children and young adults. Time for an interview with Thilo Schmid, managing director at Verlagsgruppe Oetinger and award-winning publisher of the group’s migo imprint!

  • Simone Lippold

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    "The European cultural and creative industries have the creative and diverse potential for truly new approaches."

    The European creative and cultural industries currently face diverse challenges. In our interview with Simone Lippold, Head of Innovation Development at the Börsenverein Group, we discussed current issues, opportunities, new approaches and the potential of cross-sector collaboration.

  • Floorplan

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    Frankfurter Buchmesse opens registration for exhibitors

    Publishers can now register for the 73rd Frankfurter Buchmesse (20–24 October 2021). Dedicated to the topic “re:connect”, this year’s book fair is planned as an in-person event with additional digital formats, and can be flexibly adapted to pandemic-related developments. The focus will be on the international rights business and public events. This year’s Guest of Honour is Canada.

  • Marie-Ève Thuot

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    "I believe that a successful film adaptation is one that manages to express in its own way what only the cinematic medium can reveal about the source material."

    Two of the ten books that were presented in to an audience of film producers at the first ever digital "Books at Berlinale" this year came from Canada, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021. In "The Confetti Flight Path" (La trajectoire des confettis) by Marie-Ève Thuot, generations of characters, trapped by social norms, successively test the limits of decency. We talked to her about the prospect of her book being adapted as a movie.

  • Nina Bunjevac

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    "This is something new to me, and I am quite a fan of new and unexpected things."

    Two of the ten books that were presented to an audience of film producers at the first ever digital "Books at Berlinale" this year came from Canada, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021. Nina Bunjevac's graphic novel "Fatherland" depicts her family's history between Canada and Yugoslavia, her father's biography and her own search for him. We talked to her about the prospect of her book being adapted as a movie. 

  • Berlinale 2021_Frank Kroll

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    “Plot, characters, theme, conflicts, a special point of view or possibilities to identify with the protagonist – these are just a few things that can make a novel intriguing for a film adaptation”

    "Books at Berlinale" has been shining the spotlight on new publications and bestsellers as part of the Berlinale Co-production market – in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse – every year since 2006. To mark its 15th anniversary, the pitching event now took place online for the first time. Among the ten books that were selected for presentation to film producers was also the winning title of the German Book Prize 2020, "Epic Annette" by Anne Weber, represented by the Agentur Kroll. Before the event, we talked to agent Frank Kroll about his experience with the format and with literary adaptations in general.

  • Monica Wellmann

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    “Only products that are visible will find their way to customers.”

    We interviewed Dr Monica Wellmann how the book trade and game industry can benefit from closer cooperation when it comes to discoverability, and how they can expand their cross-selling activities.