The EU-Funded STADIEM project – running since 2020 and soon to reach its end – broke new ground by creating an acceleration platform for European media innovation.

Through two open calls, the project attracted over 570 startups, from 26 different European countries and beyond, 80 of which were selected to take part in the programme. It culminated in 10 pilots conducted with prominent corporate partners from the extensive STADIEM hubs network.

Both pilot rounds featured outstanding solutions in a variety of media-related fields, from monetization and data to content creation and distribution. The innovations and corporate partners involved in STADIEM’s first cohort of pilots included: FilmChain, a platform for revenue collection and payment in the film production sector, working with Alamode Filmdistribution; the omnichannel story content creation tool Zazu, teaming up with Roularta Media Group;, collaborating with VRT and DPG Media on remote production; and Trensition, providing trend analytics to Roularta Media Group and SWR.

The most recent pilot round featured: Druid Learning, a white-label educational content e-commerce platform teaming up with Irish educational publisher CJ Fallon; Scriptix, a speech-to-text service provider focused on smaller languages such as Flemish and Belgian French, for Roularta; Limecraft, working with VRT on automated subtitling;’s streaming analytics, supporting rbb and ARTE; BotTalk, piloting custom artificial voices with Funke, NOZ, t-online, VRT, Mediafin and Roularta; and Television. AI’s multi-tool services (footage analysis and automated video production services, such as editing and voiceover), put at the service of rbb.

See these innovative media solutions in action with STADIEM at IBC2023 in Amsterdam on 15–18 September. For details, visit:


This article first appeared in issue 57 of EBU tech-i magazine.

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