Networks grab 10 of 12 trophies at TV Awards

BERLIN — German pubcasters ZDF, ARD and Arte grabbed the lion’s share of the Grimme awards, the country’s equivalent of the Emmys, taking 10 of the 12 trophies announced Monday.

Private webs ProSieben and Sat1 each picked up one of the main awards from Germany’s prestigious Adolf Grimme Institute.

“It was an especially good year for German TV films,” said Uwe Kammann, director of the institute.

ZDF headed the list with eight winners, including the ZDF/Arte co-production “An die grenze” (At the Wall), a history drama about East German soldiers on duty at the Berlin Wall; detective series “KDD kriminaldauerdienst” and docu “Luise — Eine Deutsche Muslima” (Luise — A German Muslim).

Veteran helmer Dominik Graf won his seventh prize for “Eine stadt wird erpresst” (A Blackmailed City), from ZDF and Arte.

ProSieben’s comedy series “Dr. Psycho” and Sat1’s comedy show “Froehliche Weinachten” (Merry Christmas), with Anke Engelke and Bastian Pastewka, prevented a pubcaster clean sweep.

A special award will go to thesp Iris Berbin for her work and political activism over the past four decades.

The Adolf Grimme Institute, which will present the awards at a gala on April 4 in Marl, studies media culture, media education and communications policy. A jury of media journalists chose the winners.

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