The EBU Creative Forum – the annual event showcasing the best public service programme formats across entertainment and factual genres – has announced its top three formats for 2019, as voted for by attendees at the event in Rome on 24 September.
The winners are:
1st – Escape Room Latvia - LTV
Tired of election discussions, interviews and statistics? Investigative journalists rom Latvian Television put parties and politicians in an escape room to reveal their true face, communication skills, and knowledge about facts and history. For example, do they know what is the minimum wage and can they act fast and precisely in a stressful situation? Extraordinary, entertaining and surprisingly revealing television!
2nd – Top Ten - NRK
A brand new music game show, hosted by a pop star, in which two celebrity teams compete to uncover the top ten hits of a given year. Answers are revealed through a mix of questions and challenges that get harder and harder as the show progresses The top ten hits are played throughout, culminating in a special performance of that years’ biggest hit by a special guest. A musical trip down memory lane with great family play-along potential – how many can you guess correctly?
3rd – Ridiculously Smart - NRK
A Norwegian comedian has to learn a scientific topic by a top scientist. After just five days, she has to perform a stand-up show about this theme. The topic is a disease that is a great threat to all kinds of deer. All the reindeers in one mountain area have been killed by the government hunters - on the request of the scientist. The comedian must travel to this mountains - with the scientist - and perform her show among an angry local population, who are demanding answers. Television at its most original.
The Creative Forum was this year held in Rome for the first time, as part of the Prix Italia and in collaboration with Italian public broadcaster, Rai. The forum only screens formats that have been broadcast in the country of origin and only features public service content from Europe and beyond.
The forum is unique – offering EBU Members and organizations from other public service broadcasting unions worldwide the opportunity to exchange TV formats, share production and studio facilities, and pool creative potential. It is a creative powerhouse and often provides launching pads for other success stories, including winning formats adapted for other markets and also winning further prizes.
The Creative Forum includes public service broadcasters from outside Europe, such as Asia, Canada and the USA. It is organized by the EBU in close cooperation with the Eurovision Formats Core Group (SVT, ZDF, RTÉ, BBC, NOS and France Télévisions).