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Cologne, Germany -- A slimmed down, mainstream-friendly version of the German TV awards aired Sunday night to public protests from the local industry but the best ratings in years.
Nearly four million viewers tuned in to watch the awards, Germany's equivalent of the Emmys, on pubweb Ard. That's nearly triple last year's audience.
The show's organizers -- Germany's main channels Ard, Zdf, Rtl, Pro7 and Sat.1 -- made radical changes to this year's awards to broaden their appeal. They dumped award categories en masse -- supporting actors, editors, screenwriters and camera folk went home empty handed this year -- in order to create a fast-moving, all-highlights show.
Germany's behind-the-camera talent protested, as did Germany's actors union, but the viewers' vote was trump.
Protests aside, few could argue with this year's decisions. Ard's mafia drama "Face to Face with Crime" won for best mini-series as well for its 'extraordinary contribution' to fiction. »
- By Scott Roxborough
Cologne, Germany -- The cast of German mafia drama "Face to Face with Crime," the around-the-clock documentary "24 h Berlin" and German talkshow host Stefan Raab have won top honors at the German TV Awards, the local equivalent of the Emmys. The three winners were announced on Friday, ahead of the official awards ceremony Saturday evening.
All three won for their "extraordinary contribution" to German TV in, respectively, the genres of fiction, information and entertainment. The "extraordinary contribution" category is new and intended partially to appease critics who have complained the German TV awards have become too mainstream, rewarding not excellence but ratings.
Those critics will be howling over another trophy to be handed out at the German TV awards. Germany's national soccer team and its coach, Jogi Low will receive an honorary prize for their contribution to the "TV event of the year" -- the soccer World Cup.
Germany's five largest broadcasters -- Rtl, »
- By Scott Roxborough
Product placement traditionally has been shunned in Europe. Auteurs fear the taint of association with such crass commercialism, and on the small screen in-program advertising had been banned outright in most territories.
That changed in April with new EU regulations allowing product placement on European television. Producers and channels across the continent are now looking to cash in.
The reaction has been immediate. On the German game show "Beat Your Host," entertainer Stefan Raab kicked a soccer ball-sized M&M at his opponent. Alfa Romeo slipped one of its cars not-so-discreetly into an episode of TF1's "Les Touques," and Clear Channel placed virtual, changeable giant banners on the France 3 hit soap "Plus Belle la Vie."
Some of Europe's biggest firms, from Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia and Swedish furniture group Ikea to German carmaker BMW, now are slipping products into local sitcoms, series and shows.
"It's been an odd situation, »
- By Scott Roxborough and Stuart Kemp
Lena Meyer-Landrut, Germany's winner, to perform at next year's song contest in her home country
This year's Eurovision song contest winner will be back for a victory lap in 2011, defending her title at next year's event. Germany's Lena Meyer-Landrut will be the competition's first returning champion since the Netherlands' Corry Brokken performed in 1958.
Last week, viewers of the 55th Eurovision song contest were smitten by the "adorable" Meyer-Landrut, who is 19. Her song, Satellite, won 246 points – bringing Germany its first Eurovision victory since unification. Now, one of the engineers of Meyer-Landrut's triumph has revealed that she will represent the country again, this time in her home country.
"Next year we will be holding the Eurovision song contest here in Germany and I believe there can be nothing more natural than to have the winner defend her title in her own country," announced Stefan Raab, a TV comedy host, who wrote and »
- Sean Michaels
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