Public broadcasters rule at German TV prizes

BERLIN — German pubcaster ZDF was the big winner of the Grimme awards, the top Teuton TV kudofest, taking seven of the 15 trophies announced on Wednesday.

Pubcasting rivals ARD and Arte won three Grimmes each while private webs won just two awards.

Among the winners in the 46th annual competition were helmer Dominik Graf’s ZDF pic “Kommisar Sueden und der Luftgitarrist” (Detective Sueden and the Air Guitarist) — it is his eighth Grimme — and thesp Senta Berger’s ARD/WDR pic “Frau Boehm sagt nein” (Frau Boehm Says No).

ZDF, which won four of the five fiction categories, also won a prize for its comedy “heute show” newscast spoof, featuring Oliver Welke.

The ZDF pic about post-war Germans struggling in Berlin, “Die Woelfe” (The Wolves of Berlin), which won an international Emmy for best TV movie/miniseries in November, picked up one of four prizes for fiction for ZDF.

Pubcasters traditionally dominate the Grimme awards but this year there were two winners from commercial webs. Two docus about homosexuality in soccer, ProSieben’s “Galileo Spezial — Karawane der Hoffnung” and DSF’s “Tabubruch,” both won in the information and culture section. “That shows that the extra efforts in this area have been noticed and honored,” said Grimme topper Uwe Kammann.

The Adolf Grimme Institute, which will present the awards at a gala on March 26 in Marl, focuses on the study of media culture, media education and communications policy. A jury of media journalists chose the winners. A total of 582 entries were submitted and the jury narrowed those down to a list of 52 finalists.

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