Producing the Echo awards

Stefan Niggemeier gossips about being on the team producing the Echo music awards show. Television as a creativity-destruction-machine. And as a place where creativity does happen. He has a beautiful comment about how it isn’t the concerns of the people involved that cause certain ideas to be cut but the concerns that someone else (lots of someone elses) anticipates that these people might have:

Erstaunlicherweise haben die meisten Menschen, mit denen man diskutieren muss, aber gar nicht selbst Bedenken, sondern antizipieren nur mögliche Bedenken anderer, die sie dann vorsorglich potenzieren. Wenn man das einmal erlebt hat, hat man plötzlich als Zuschauer oder Kritiker doppelt so viel Respekt für jede Idee, die es trotzdem tatsächlich auf den Fernsehschirm schafft.

And I certainly agree with the last sentence above: whenever I observe media being produced, I start to have double as much respect for any idea which actually manages to get through to the screens/pages.


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