Back to all news

INPUT 2017 in Thessaloniki - 4 days packed with the screenings of inspiring programmes, lively debates, and cross-cultural encounters.

30 May 2017

495 Delegates travelled from 35 countries to Greece to attend the 76 hours of programming presented by a fantastic team of Moderators. The selection of TV programmes, projects and topics for this year’s conference covered the broadest range of topics such as:

  • the specifics of Asian Storytelling
  • the role of public media in investigative journalism
  • how to work with young creators, young formats, young hosts
  • interactivity in TV Drama
  • the limits of the use of public footage
  • the new generation of hybrid formats where everything seems possible.

And we met clever producers behind 5 cheap and successful projects,
watched simple 360° videos made by a radio correspondent on the go.
Discussed if Netflix, etc. is our friends, or our ‘frenemies’,
heard of the challenges, successes and failures of FUNK, a digital joint venture of German pubcasters ARD and ZDF.
And – we met 100 colleagues from Greece, who have never been able to come to an INPUT conference – so that is why INPUT came to them.

A big thank you to the team around Akis and Lazaros from the Thessaloniki Film Festival, their professional preparatory work, and willingness to help combined with Greek amicability have been great. Let’s stay in touch!

And to our Moderators Asa, Bart, Brodie, Eren, Henriette, Jacomien, Kare, Lefteris, Nowell, Panagiotis, Stefano, Will, Yotaro - thank you for having taken us on that journey of ideas and incitements.
Not to forget Marie and Salla-Rosa whose Special Session explored the relationship between Social Super-Platforms and Public Broadcasters.

The 2000 year old City of Thessaloniki with its cosmopolitan history has been a wonderful location for INPUT 2017: the Roman Agora where the remarkable Opening Reception was held, Pier 1 of the Harbour with its great view over the Sea and at Mount Olympus, the numerous cafés, bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. The delegates could enjoy Greek hospitality:
Yannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki, Filios Stangos TV100, Alexandros Kander Bax and Theofano Papazissi from ERT3, Dionisis Tsaknis, President ERT, and Elise Jalladeou from the Thessaloniki Film Festival thank you for having invited INPUT to come to Greece, Delegates have thoroughly enjoyed their stay.

But there is one person who already many years ago planted the seed for this success in Thessaloniki. And he has been the driving force to realize „the crazy idea“ to have INPUT 2017 in Thessaloniki: Peter Panes from the the Goethe-Institut in Thessaloniki has been essential for the success of this year’s conference and certainly has been the best Volunteer one could think of. Peter, thank you so much!

The Closing session on Thursday, 11 May 2017 was followed by a One for the Road Reception hosted by Leonard Kurz, Forest Creatures Foundation. INPUT will travel from Thessaloniki to Brooklyn, what a contrast: Challenges will be different, but the need for promoting public service media might be the same. So see you next year: 30 April - 4 May at INPUT 2018 in Brooklyn.