Economy & Politics podcast “Movies about Corona will only be available in a few years”

“Football provided the blueprint for the film industry,” says Ufa boss Nico HofmannPR

He was responsible for productions such as “The Tunnel”, “The Flight,” Our Mothers, Our Fathers “, Ku’damm 56 or” Charité “. He was behind films like “The boy has to go to the fresh air” – the film adaptation of Hape Kerkeling’s biography – or “I’ll be gone” or “The Medicus”. We’re talking about Nico Hofmann, one of the most important producers, directors and screenwriters in the country. The shutdown also hit the film industry because filming had to be stopped all over the world – Hofmann alone had to interrupt six productions.

For a few weeks now, things have started again, with strict hygiene regulations – and interestingly enough, the Bundesliga was a role model. “Football gave us the blueprint,” said Nico Hofmann in the podcast “The Hour Zero” (, Stern, n-tv). He also exchanged views with the head of the DFL, Christian Seifert, several times. The productions were started with strict hygiene regulations. “We were able to adopt the occupational health and safety guidelines in record time within 14 days, which made filming possible again.”

For productions in the studio for RTL, for example, there is now a strict separation between technology and actors, plus mouth protection, fever measurement and a strict minimum distance. When it comes to films and multi-part films, entire groups of actors, especially in leading roles, must comply with quarantine rules, as in football, and be tested. “To put it very simply: when there is kissing and there is physical closeness and they meet several times, this is how it is done,” said Hofmann, who has headed the production company Ufa since 2015.

Solidarity between producers and broadcasters in the crisis

The film industry has had double-edged shutdown experiences: on the one hand, the filming was interrupted, which leads to high costs, on the other hand, there was strong demand for the films and series. “The access rates were exorbitantly high,” reports Hofmann. The series “Our Wonderful Years” was viewed almost eleven million times in the media library. “These are already gigantic numbers.” During the shutdown, he himself watched so much Amazon Prime, Netflix and TV Now “like never before, even at night”.

Hofmann reports that there was great solidarity between producers and broadcasters during the crisis. The cooperation with the Ministry of Labor had also been excellent, and within a short period of time, short-time working rules had been found for the many self-employed people in the film industry.

Does the topic of corona already play a role for the film material? At least for the daily series like “good times, bad times” or “among us” that could soon be the case. “I am sure that Corona will have to play a role in the daily series in the coming weeks, you will not be able to avoid it in the scripts,” Hofmann expects. With films, however, one had to wait six to seven years. He cited the Bad Banks series as an example, which appeared only a decade after the financial crisis. You can hear the complete interview in the new episode of “Zero Hour – Germany’s Way Out of the Crisis”.

The corona shock plunged Germany and the whole world into a deep crisis. But what makes this crisis so special? How does it change our lives? And what are the ways out? In the new podcast “Zero Hour – Germany’s Way Out of the Crisis” Editor-in-Chief Horst von Buttlar talks to people who experience the corona crisis and its economic consequences up close.

All episodes can be found on Audio Now, Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Soundcloud and Spotify. You can use the RSS feed for all other podcast apps. Take the feed URL and simply add “Zero Hour” to your podcast subscriptions.

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