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Next Steps

Erich Pommer Institut

NEXT STEPS is a training series designed specifically to diversify European audiovisual companies and help them adopt the opportunities of digitization and master a cultural shift within by tackling the underrepresentation of marginalized groups.






Intermediate , Senior

This is achieved through enhancing the skills of two target groups: female audiovisual professionals as well as the hiring managers in the companies. By equipping the women with new skills, knowledge and networks, and by offering hiring managers training in diversity management, the program aims at tackling underrepresentation in the audiovisual industry in general. In 2022, NEXT STEPS consists of two year-long training programs: Audiovisual Women and Series’ Women.

Audiovisual Women is designed for 15 female professionals in mid- to senior-level management working across the value chain in the European audiovisual industry and 15 hiring managers. The interdisciplinary program offers advanced training in digital leadership, managing innovation and digital change, networking as well as exclusive 1-1 coaching.

Series’ Women is designed for 15 mid- to senior-level female producers of European drama series with at least one unfinished drama series project and 15 hirings managers. The program offers compact industry updates, training in visibility and digital entrepreneurship, access to top industry markets and project pitching, networking as well as exclusive 1-1 mentoring.

The highly interactive programs offer a hand-picked mix of intensive training, innovative learning, coaching, pitching, mentoring, and networking opportunities, tailor-made to the needs of each program. Through this curated approach, NEXT STEPS enables a significant increase in industry exposure and business opportunities for female professionals, their companies, and projects. By supporting selected female professionals directly, NEXT STEPS sets off to increase the visibility of female professionals and female-driven projects in the industry in general.

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The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) is one of the leading providers of professional training in the German and European media landscape and an independent think tank.

EPI has been a non-profit limited liability company by the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and the University of Potsdam since 1998. As an affiliated institute of the Film University, the EPI acts as a central link between the audiovisual industry, academia and research. This allows us to quickly identify current developments in the media business as well as challenges in the digital world.

We have made it our mission to offer programs that meet those challenges and accompany media professionals in their next career steps. Top-class conferences deal with current tasks in the audiovisual industry and create an open dialog with international experts. In addition to producing independent studies and expert reports, EPI provides consulting services to companies, associations and institutions.

Our programs are supported and funded by strong national and international partners.

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