ARD, ZDF top Teuton TV nods

Pubcasters take Deutscher Fernsehpreis kudos

COLOGNE — Germany’s pubcasters again snatched the lion’s share of kudos at the Deutscher Fernsehpreis award ceremony Friday in Cologne.

ARD, with its various regional member webs, and ZDF collected 14 of the 21 prizes, winning in most main categories.

ZDF’s war/history drama “Dresden,” which also involved shingles Teamworx and Eos, was named best telepic; internationally, it’s being promoted as a bigscreen film.

Series winner was ARD’s “Turkish for Beginners,” with RTL getting kudos for sitcom “Pastewka.” The commercial web also took home an award for a celebrity special edition of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

Director’s award was snatched by Matti Geschonnek for two pics, “Die Nachrichten” (The News) and “Silberhochzeit” (Silver Wedding).

Awards for screenplay and camera were given for two sequels to detective series “Bella Block,” to scribe Judith Kaufmann and lenser Christian Jeltsch.

Newcomer trophies went to actress Rosalie Thomass and to helmer Tamara Milosevic for her docu “Wrong Time, Wrong Place.”

The ceremony was attended by President Horst Koehler, who handed the lifetime achievement award to 77-year-old Friedrich Nowottny, former political correspondent and topper of pubcaster WDR.

Germany’s major TV award event is organized jointly by the four largest webs: pubcasters ARD and ZDF and their commercial counterparts, RTL and Sat.1. It was established in 1998, when two previously separate awards for public and commercial TV were combined.

Its jury consists mainly of writers and producers, and has just been augmented by actress Christiane Paul and political talkshow host Sandra Maischberger.

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