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Teuton pubcasters top nods

'Wolfsburg,' Dittrich win awards

COLOGNE — Pubcaster channels swept the prizes Tuesday at Germany’s 41st Adolf Grimme awards, the country’s equivalent of the Emmys, winning in all but one of the 36 categories.

“Wolfsburg,” a co-production between pubcaster ZDF and French-German channel France’s Arte, won gold prizes for TV movie, director (Christian Petzold), actress (Nina Hoss) and actor (Benno Fuehrmann).

It’s the second winning collaboration for Petzold and Hoss, who snagged Grimmes two years ago for thriller “Toter Mann” (Dead Man).

Comedian Olli Dittrich, who won Grimmes in 1996 and 2003, nabbed the award for improvised comedy with his series “Dittsche,” aired on regional pubcaster WDR.

The lone winner from a commercial web was comedian Stefan Raab for his TV special “A Song for Istanbul,” which aired on ProSieben.

The prizes will be handed out at a gala on March 18.

Grimme Awards secretary Ulrich Spies expressed optimism that there will be more prize-winning perfs from commercial webs next year. “Germany doesn’t lack creative authors, directors with a vision and great actors, but it lacks the broadcasters’ confidence in the viewers’ sense for quality,” he said.

The Adolf Grimme Institute, which presents the awards, studies media culture, media education and communications policy. A jury of media journalists chooses the winners.

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