The best in TV and online entertainment from seven countries has been honoured at the 56th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin (19 September).
Programmes from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom were awarded trophies in 10 categories including for the first time, Virtual Reality, TV Movie and Children & Youth.
Among the winners were interactive German drama “The Verdict” (Terror – Ihr Urteil) which won Best TV Movie and Italy’s “Stasera CasaMika” (Tonight at Mika’s Home), starring the eponymous British-Lebanese singer, which took home the prize for Best Entertainment.
The UK picked up four of the 10 awards in the Gameshow (Bigheads), Sitcom (Henry IX), Arts (Young Men) and Comedy (Fleabag) categories.
Speaking from Los Angeles, James Corden said he was “truly honoured” to receive the inaugural Entertainer of the Year award. “It truly means the world to me,” he said before dedicating the award to his team on CBS’ “Late Late Show” which he hosts. “The truth is, I am only a small part of entertaining so I accept this on behalf of all of our crew.”
Also sending greetings from the US, Dame Angela Lansbury said she was “deeply honoured “ to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. “I’ve enjoyed a career spanning 75 years but being in "Murder, She Wrote" has made friends for me all over the world.”
“In my 92nd year,” Lansbury added, “this recognition means so much to me.”
The ceremony, held at the Axica venue next to Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, was attended by around 400 industry luminaries and hosted by BBC presenter Paddy O’Connell.
The Director of Media at the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the awards, Jean Philip De Tender praised the standard of entries in 2017: “For nearly 60 years the Rose d’Or Awards have recognised the very best in global entertainment content. Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s awards. Our winners, and indeed all the nominees, tonight truly represent the gold standard of entertainment. “
Juries made up of industry professionals from 21 different countries shortlisted four nominees and then selected winners in each of the 10 categories competing for a Rose d’Or. For the first time in 2017 producers from nominated programmes were invited to a Market Forum on the afternoon of the event to network and discuss the making of their shows.
The Rose d'Or Awards, one of the world's most prestigious awards for entertainment programming, are given out by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
You Can’t Ask That – Australia, ABC TV
Young Men – United Kingdom, BalletBoyz Ltd. / BBC Two
Bigheads – United Kingdom, Primal Media / Sony Pictures Television
Stasera CasaMika (Tonight at Mika’s Home) – Italy, RAI 2
Anti Bully Club - The Netherlands, Evangelische Omroep / Skyhigh TV
Fleabag – United Kingdom, Two Brothers Pictures / BBC 3
Henry IX – United Kingdom, Retort / Serious Comedy / Gold
Nobel – Peace at Any Cost – Norway, Monster Scripted / NRK / DRG
The Verdict – Germany, Beta Film GmbH / ARD
The Enemy – France, Camera Lucida Productions / France Télévisions Nouvelles Ecritures / Office national du Film du Canada (ONF), Emissive, et Dpt
Dame Angela Lansbury