ROME — Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset network won 14 of the 18 prizes at the 20th Telegatti (Tele-Cats) Awards on May 15. Pubcaster RAI took the rest. The most important kudos for TV show, actor and actress went to Mediaset’s “Zelig,” Claudio Bisio and Maria De Filippi, respectively. The only foreign production to win was “CSI,” in the TV serial/sitcom category.
Telegatti, Italy’s biggest TV awards show, is organized by the mass-circulation weekly TV Sorrisie Canzoni, published by Berlusconi’s group, and broadcast live by Mediaset flagship channel Canale 5 from Milan’s Teatro Nazionale. This year’s show reached the largest TV share (35%).
International stars including Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver, Ernest Borgnine, Adrien Brody and “CSI’s” Gary Dourdan were at the awards.
A jury of journalists issue the nominations; Sorrisie Canzoni’s readers vote for the winners.