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BBC’s ‘Warriors’ nabs top Prix Italia

Germany's 'Shame' wins fiction prize

BOLOGNA — The BBC took the top Prix Italia prize Saturday for its antiwar series “Warriors.”

“Warriors” deals with the role change of the modern soldier in “an outstanding way, which goes one step further than the terrifying images of war, in showing the aftermath of conflict,” the jury said.

The Prix Italia is the oldest and one of the most prestigious international TV competitions. This year it held its 52nd session here, with the participation of 94 TV programs from 34 countries, 76 Web sites from 27 countries and 76 radio programs from 28 countries.

The prize for fiction (effectively TV movies) went to Germany’s “Shame,” a story of a 12-year-old daughter of divorced parents.

In the performing arts category, the Prix went to “Passengers,” from Switzerland’s SSR, while in the cultural TV documentaries category, the winner was “Jazzman from the Gulag,” from France’s FR3, about the only jazzman of Stalin’s era.

In factual documentaries, “I Love You Natasha” from Sweden’s SVT, about the fall of values in the new Russia, was awarded the prize.

Web categories bow

This year’s novelty was the Web section, with its three categories. For the broadcaster portals, the winner was BBC ( www.bbc.co.uk); for broadcaster sites the prize went to Australia’s ABC (abc.net.au/musique/baroque); and in the category Enhanced TV, the winner was Germany’s ZDF.

The entries were judged by seven juries made up of 57 members chaired by James Graham of British ITV.

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