Financing and Risk Management

This course outlines basic terms and definitions of corporate finance, an overview of static investment calculation procedures, dynamic investment calculation procedures, an overview of forms of financing, equity financing, internal financing, external financing, innovative forms of financing (leasing, factoring, mezzanine financing, etc.), cash flow statement, financial planning and liquidity, fundamentals of risk management, financing elements in the film, TV and media industry. The forms and possibilities of project financing in different project phases are outlined. Loans, equity capital, pre-sales (genuine and fraudulent grants), financing elements of film productions: investors, product placement, international and national film funding, conditions and requirements for national and international coproductions.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Wala, Thomas, et al. (2010):Investitionsrechnung und betriebliche Finanzierung. Wala, Thomas, et al., (2009): Kostenrechnung, Budgetierung und Kostenmanagement.Diederichs, M., Vahlen, F. (2004): Risikomanagement und Risikocontrolling, Vahlen, München.Rimscha, von B., (2010): Risikomanagement in der Entwicklung und Produktion von Spielfilmen, VS, Wiesbaden. Kotler P., Armstrong, G., Saunders, J., Wong, V., (2010): Grundlagen des Marketing, Rearson, München. Huzschenreuter, T., Espel, P., Schneemann, A., (2004): Industrieentwicklung und Marketing-Mixe. Musik- und Filmindustrie. Gabler, Wiesbaden. Knapp, R., Hampel, C. (2008): Filmmarketing: Theorie und deutsche Praxis. VdM, Saarbrücken.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Applied methods including macro and micro levels of teaching. Macro methods are case studies, analyses, debates and, if available, expert interviews. Micro methods are keynote lectures, dialogic learning, examples and discussions. Students work in the plenum.

Assessment methods and criteria

One grade for both lecture and tutorial part of class. In total 70 points for final written exam. The tutorial part is worth 30 points (continuous assessment). In total 100 points are to be obtained.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Module "Business Management I"


Degree programme

Film-, TV-, & Media Production (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



3 WS



Learning outcome

After the successful completion of this course the students will be able to define various forms of financing and to describe their respective advantages and disadvantages, and they will be able to evaluate the use of financial resources for investment projects and projects in the context of case studies by means of dynamic investment calculation procedures.

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