#MTMdigitalks – Volume 3
7. July 2020
#MTM20 Weekend
9. September 2020

First speakers at digital MEDIENTAGE 2020

Even in this special year 2020, top-class lectures and sessions with more than 350 speakers are expecting you at MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN (24. – 30.10). Only digital, but more varied than ever! We are pleased to announce the first speakers for 2020:


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Nazan Eckes (Moderator RTL)

Nazan Eckes, born in Cologne in 1976, gained her first TV experience at the music channel VIVA in Cologne, where she completed a traineeship and later worked as an editor. Nazan Eckes has been presenting the RTL magazine “EXTRA” since December 2019, having previously presented “Explosiv – Das Magazin” and “Explosiv Weekend” since 2005. In addition, she has already worked for the RTL magazines “Punkt 12” and “Exclusiv – Das Starmagazin” as well as “LIFE! Die Lust zu leben”, “Formel Exclusiv” and “Boxen Live”. In 2006 and 2007 she presented the RTL show highlight “Let’s Dance” together with Hape Kerkeling; in 2010 she worked together with Daniel Hartwich. Together with Oliver Geissen, Nazan Eckes led through the presentation of the music award “Echo 2008”. In “Entzaubert – die Tricks der größten Magier” she brought the truth about magic tricks to light. In the summer of 2010, Nazan Eckes was an RTL reporter for the Football World Cup in South Africa. In 2011 she hosted the RTL show “The Cube – Defeat the Cube” and together with Marco Schreyl she hosted the TV award 2011.

Nazan Eckes also hosted numerous international events. She also wrote the book “Guten Morgen, Abendland”, in which she describes life in an immigrant family. In March 2012 she was awarded the “Plattino” prize for her achievements in German-Turkish relations


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Tom Hillenbrand (Journalist and author) 

Tom Hillenbrand, born in 1972, studied European politics, completed a traineeship at the Holtzbrinck School of Journalism and was department head at SPIEGEL ONLINE, worked for the Financial Times and WIRED. His novels – including the culinary thrillers about the Luxembourg culinary investigator Xavier Kieffer – have sold several hundred thousand copies. The books have been translated into many languages and have won several awards, including the Kurd-Lasswitz Prize, the Glauser Prize for the best crime novel of the year, the German Science Fiction Prize and last year the prestigious Radio Bremen Crime Novel Prize. In 2018 Tom Hillenbrand was appointed Knight of the Order of the Oak Leaf Crown of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Hillenbrand lives in Munich.


(c) Facebook

Angelika Gifford (Vice President Central Europe, Facebook)

Angelika Gifford has been Vice President Central Europe at Facebook since January 2020. In this position she is responsible for business development in 34 countries, including the DACH region, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe.

Earlier, Gifford was Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard Deutschland GmbH (HP) until the end of 2018, responsible for software and digitisation in the German-speaking countries. Prior to this, she spent more than 20 years in various management positions at Microsoft in Germany and abroad, including as a member of the management board of Microsoft Deutschland GmbH from 2006 to 2011.

In 2009 she was elected “Manager of the Year” for Germany by an independent organisation. The “Manager Magazin” named her as one of the 100 most influential business women in Germany. She is also a board member of Atlantik-Brücke e.V.


Judith Wittwer (Chief Editor, SZ)

Judith Wittwer is the first woman to lead the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Since July 2020, she has been running the editorial office of Germany’s largest subscribed daily newspaper together with Wolfgang Krach. Previously, the 42-year-old from Switzerland was chief editor of the Zürcher Tages-Anzeiger. From 2011 to 2014 she worked as business editor for the Handelszeitung of the Axel Springer Verlag. Wittwer studied economics, law and political science (Master of International Affairs and Governance) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and completed her diploma training at MAZ – Die Schweizer Journalistenschule. 


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Jay Rosen (Professor New York University)

Jay Rosen has lectured journalism at New York University since 1986. He is the author of PressThink, a blog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he launched in September 2003. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book What Are Journalists For?, which deals with the rise of the bourgeois journalism movement in the pre-Internet era. In 2017 he became director of the Membership Puzzle Project, funded by the Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund and Luminate. It examines membership models for sustainability in journalism. In 2018, he was a fellow of the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and worked on the German Pressthink. Rosen is also an active press critic, focusing on problems in political reporting. You can find him on Twitter under @jayrosen_nyu.


Falco Punch (TikTok Creator / Video Artist)

FALCO PUNCH: His stage name is derived from the signature move of the same name by the famous Nintendo action hero Captain Falcon and was given to him by his buddies as a teenager for his hard shots during football training.  However, the 24-year-old doesn’t have much time left for any kind of sport – today the Hamburg native is even known for his distinctive punch lines, which have become the absolute trademark in his mini-clips that have been clicked on millions of times.  Falco Punch is considered one of the most innovative and progressive young shooting stars of Generation Z.  At the end of May the video creator, DJ and musician will release his first self-produced club track at Universal Music!

With more than 9.1 million followers, Falco Punch is not only one of the TikTok megastars with the widest reach in Germany, but is also one of the top 10 most popular users in Europe in the international ranking. The Twenty-Something from near Hamburg follows a strict DIY working method, where he takes everything into his own hands – from moving pictures, over music up to artwork photo shoot –  and produces it. In his 13-second TikToks, Falco Punch combines a penchant for visual narrative art with self-composed electronica tunes to create his very personal vision of modern multimedia entertainment.  Danceable, atmospheric, novel.  Falco Punch does not want to commit himself to a single creative form of expression, but is inspired by the most diverse artistic playgrounds. With “1-2-3 Floor” he now presents his eagerly awaited debut single.

Parallel to the release of “1-2-3 Floor” there will be a special TikTok Challenge, where every user is called upon to contribute his own clip to the track. In addition, further single releases of Falco Punch are planned for 2020.


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Dunja Hayali (Moderator ZDF)

Born in Westphalia to Iraqi-Christian parents, Dunja Hayali has been responsible for ZDF’s news magazines since 2007: Since 2010, she has been the main presenter of ZDF morgenmagazin. Before that, she was co-presenter alongside Claus Kleber and Steffen Seibert in heute journal und heute. After completing her studies at the German Sport University Cologne, Hayali began her TV career with the presentation of the news programme JOURNAL at Deutsche Welle. For reports Dunja Hayali travels to Africa, Sri Lanka and Iraq. In 2016 she explored the question “What do you believe?” in the context of the format “Außendienst XXL”. In the same year, she appeared together with her colleague Jaafar Abdul Karim in the two-part documentary “How sexist are we” on ZDF Neo.

She supports the association “Gesicht Zeigen! Für ein weltoffenes Deutschland”, is a member of the supervisory board of “Save the children” and is committed to VITA e.V., which helps people with physical disabilities to gain more independence and quality of life with assistance dogs. As a member of the jury for the JULIUS HIRSCH PRIZE, she supports the DFB’s initiative against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Her first book IS WAS, DOG? was published in 2014 by Ullstein Verlag. In 2015, she took over as Maybrit Illner’s holiday replacement for the first time and presented the weekly ZDF talk show DONNERSTALK. After three successful seasons, the format, now called dunja hayali, will run once a month from summer 2018 on a fixed broadcasting slot, Wednesdays at 10.45 pm. Since late summer 2018, she has been a member of the team of presenters at ZDF sportstudio and leads the programme, alternating with Katrin Müller-Hohenstein, Jochen Breyer and Sven Voss. Her second book Haymatland has been published by Ullstein Verlag in October 2018.

In 2016 she received the Golden Camera in the category “Best Information” and the Robert Geisendörfer Prize in the category “Special Jury Prize” for exemplary journalistic achievements. In 2017 she was awarded the title “Journalist of the Year” in the category “Politics” by Medium Magazin. In 2018 Dunja Hayali was honoured for her commitment against xenophobia and racism by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. At MEDIENTAGE 2020 she will host the MEDIENTAGE summit.