“Media such as DVDs and Blu-ray will become superfluous in the future” predicts film producer and PANTALEON Film Managing Director, Dan Maag.
Do you still remember the first time you ever went to the cinema?
I think it must have been “The Never ending Story”.
What fascinates you about the medium of film?
Films give people the opportunity to escape from everyday life for a while, to go on a journey, and ideally we might even be able to make the world a slightly better place through our storytelling. It’s a lot of fun.
You got rid of your own DVD collection. Do you really get everything you want to see through online platforms?
With our own PANTAFLIX service, the selection of films in my lounge and on my digital devices has recently grown exponentially. The voyage of discovery I can embark on through my own platform and through the other services is far more exciting than a shelf of DVDs.
So why should I get PANTAFLIX?
It’s particularly worth it for people who are often abroad – no matter whether they’re just passing through or staying longer-term. It allows you to access content from your home country. This is something that is either not possible through other providers, or only to a limited extent. But our platform is also interesting for other film fans: we offer an exceptionally extensive and diverse film database with content that cannot be found anywhere else.
Do you believe that streaming services and video on demand will eventually replace media such as DVDs or Blu-ray?
We see what we offer as the successor of the DVD: the user buys and watches only what they want to see – and nothing else. As a result, PANTAFLIX is a very good addition for other providers with subscription models. In the long run, media such as DVDs and Blu-ray will probably become superfluous, since it is far less complicated and more economical to access film content digitally. When this transition is likely to take place remains to be seen, though.
Does that apply to the experience of going to the cinema in your opinion?
Never! Cinema will always be the supreme discipline. Nothing can replace the shared experience of watching a moving film with good friends in a cinema.
You were born in Mettmann in North Rhine-Westphalia. What brought you to Munich?
A work stay for a short-term project almost 20 years ago. Short-term became long-term, and then it became home. Looking back, over the years it was probably down to the eye for beautiful details, the love for nature and – this likely has something to do with getting older – the complete appreciation for living a relaxed and quiet life.
What do you love about Munich in particular?
I travel around the world a lot and enjoy that very much as well. But nothing is more relaxing than coming back from a crazy global metropolis to Munich and marvelling at how relaxed everything feels. Munich is a perfect city to go home to and find some peace and quiet. And yet the city is never boring either.