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More about media and music made in Hamburg / www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Christian Spahrbier

Music & Media

Home of Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Phoenix Records and other music labels, bands, magazines and publishers, Hamburg is known as a media hub.

Music and Media from a creative Metropolis

Print media

When you travel to Hamburg, it is easy to spot the headquarters of Germany’s leading media companies. From the plane, you can see the Axel Springer publishing house towering over the city centre. It is home of Germany’s biggest daily tabloid BILD. From the train, minutes before arrival at Hamburg Central, Der Spiegel (lit. the mirror) is prominently positioned on the edge of HafenCity Hamburg business district. The weekly magazine and popular news website is a heavyweight among the publishers in Germany. In case you’re sailing into the harbour on the Elbe river, you will note the futuristic Gruner+Jahr building just below the famous dome of St. Michael’s church. G+J is famous for publishing iconic fashion and lifestyle magazines. Finally, in the heart of the city, there is Die Zeit. Germany’s leading weekly newspaper has been co-published by former chancellor Helmut Schmidt until his passing in 2015 at the age of 96.

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Music labels

Attracting media people from all over the World, Hamburg has also gained a reputation for being a music(al) city: Leading dance label Kontor records endorses popular dance artists like Tiësto and Scooter, while Grand Hotel van Cleef and Audiolith are Germany’s leading indie labels. Booking agencies like FKP Skorpio, Hamburg Konzerte and Kingstar operate from their Schanzenviertel offices. Buback Tonträger is representing Hamburg headliners Deichkind and Jan Delay, while US giant Warner Music has chosen Hamburg for its German headquarters.

TV

Hamburg is also a TV-hub: Germany’s national news programme Tagesschau is broadcast across the country at 8 p.m. every night, while game shows, talk shows and documentaries are produced in studios across the city. Germany’s national Sunday night crime show Tatort also has a popular team of Hamburg-based investigators.