Creative excellence was rewarded last night (10 September) when senior TV executives from public service media (PSM) voted for the 7 Best Formats at the seventh Eurovision Creative Forum in Berlin.
Since its launch in 2006, the annual event has recognized outstanding formats in the 'Factual & Entertainment' genres. In all, 25 submissions from Active and Associate Members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were rated by Forum participants and members of the Eurovision Formats Core Group*. To qualify, formats must have been aired in the country of origin during the previous 12 months.
The winners of this year's 7 Best Formats are:
First: At war (Belgium, VRT)
Arnout Hauben, Director
One hundred years after the First World War, three Belgian friends set out on a journey walking the European Frontline from the coastal town of Nieuwpoort to the legendary battlefields of Gallipoli in Turkey. Along the way, they record personal tales from then and now, and leave behind markers in memory of the soldiers and medical staff who served a century ago.
Second: It happened right here (Sweden, SVT)
Markus Sterky, Programming & Commissioning Strategist
What’s the dullest town you can name? Three historians have just three days to uncover unique historical facts about a town of modest reputation for local residents to commemorate.
Third: Let’s have dinner in my ghetto (France, France 4)
Sandrine Roustan, Director Programmes, France 4
Listen in as guests from contrasting social, economic, political and generational backgrounds come together in the suburbs to share an exotic dinner.
Best four runners up:
Eurovision Head of TV Bettina Brinkmann says two new categories – Fiction and Children's formats – will be contested in 2014. Time has been set aside to screen examples of both genres during the annual three-day Eurovision TV Meetings (9-11 September).
Ms Brinkmann recognized the contribution of all the participating broadcasters. "The focus for tonight may have been the 7 Best Formats, but our congratulations extend to everyone who has been through the development process, resulting in some fine examples of fresh television formats."
She added: "The Eurovision Creative Forum exists for Members to pool, exchange and adapt tried and tested formats. This can produce considerable savings for Members. It makes sense to replicate the Forum's success in other genres – to pool the creative potential of the Eurovision Community."
The Forum is also open to PSM outside Europe, including Asia, Canada and the USA and is organized by the EBU in cooperation with ZDF, Germany.