Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsPressInt. Emmy Awards go to „Deutschland83“, Christiane Paul and the German documentary "War of Lies"

Int. Emmy Awards go to „Deutschland83“, Christiane Paul and the German documentary "War of Lies"

  • Eight-part event series „Deutschland83“ wins in the Drama Series category
  • Christiane Paul awarded as Best Actress for „Under The Radar¨ (¨ Unterm Radar“)
  • Three productions were nominated in four categories with broadcaster involvement from NRW Land, LfM and Filmstiftung presented NRW as a TV hub in New York
  • Another Emmy went to the German documentary „War of Lies“

Following on from its Emmy World Television Festival, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 44th International Emmys to the world’s best TV programmes in New York on Monday evening. „Deutschland83“, a production of UFA Fiction for RTL, was named as the winner in the category for Drama Series. Christiane Paul received an Emmy as Best Actress for her performance in „Under The Radar¨ (¨Unterm Radar“, prods: enigma film, WDR and ARD Degeto). 1,000 guests attended the awards ceremony last night, with more than 600 TV experts from 50 nations coming to New York for the festival (19.-20.11.). Germany was in the running this year with five nominations, including three productions in four categories with involement by broadcasters based in NRW.

_DAV4224-900x604NRW-delegation at the 44. International Emmy Awards © David Lefranc

„A wonderful evening for German television! Five nominations and three prizes underscore the quality of German TV production and the creative talents on both sides of the camera! Congratulations to the team of the exceptional RTL series ,Deutschland83‘, the makers of 'War of Lies' and then, above all, to the wonderful Christiane Paul for her International Emmy as Best Actress in the WDR production 'Under The Radar'", says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.

Best Series:Deutschland83
The eight-part, nationally and internationally acclaimed event series „Deutschland 83“ is based on a story set between the two Germanies in 1983 when the world verges on the edge of a nuclear catastrophe. This provides the backdrop for a story where the HVA, the GDR’s foreign intelligence service, sends the young NVA soldier Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) to West Germany as a Western agent to gather information about the location of the Pershing II missiles and the preparations for the NATO’s „Able Archer“ manoeuvres. „Deutschland 83“ was the first German language series to be aired on a major US cable channel (SundanceTV). To date, tThe eight episodes were sold to 38 TV channels and video platforms and could be seen in over 110 countries. The sequel „Deutschland 86“ is being planned in collaboration with  Amazon. The creators of „Deutschland 83“ are Anna Winger (head writer) and Jörg Winger. Edward Berger and Samira Radsi were the directors on the espionage drama. „Deutschland 83“ is a production of UFA Fiction for RTL.

Best Actress: Christiane Paul in „Under The Radar“
„Under The Radar“ („Unterm Radar“) examines the question of how far a constitutional state may go in order to protect its citizens from a terror attack. The action focuses  on a mother who refuses to abandon her daughter who has disappeared after a bomb attack and is suspected of being a terrorist. The TV movie was produced by enigma film, WDR and ARD Degeto. Elmar Fischer directed from a screenplay by Henriette Buegger. Lead actress Christiane Paul is joined by Heino Ferch, Fabian Hinrichs, Linn Reusse, Inka Friedrich and Matthias Matschke, among others.

Documentary Emmy for ¨War Of Lies¨
The documentary „War Of Lies“ (Krieg der Lügen“) by writer-director Matthias Bittner garnered the third International Emmy for Germany. The documentary about the background to the Iraq War was produced by the Berlin-based Zischlermann Filmproduktion produced, with SWR and BR as TV partners.

Three productions with involvement by broadcasters from NRW had been competing in four categories. „Naked Among Wolves“, another UFA Fiction production in co-production with MDR, ARD Degeto, WDR, SWR and BR, was nominated in the  category for TV Movie/Mini-Series alongside the award-winner ¨Deutschland83¨. In addition,  Florian Stetter was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Performance by an Actor for his role in „Naked Among Wolves“.

NRW Delegation
NRW as the leading German TV hub has had a presence with a delegation of TV practitioners coming to New York since 2009. This year, the delegation included the following: the broadcasting executives Jörg Graf and Philipp Steffens (Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland), Claude Schmit (Super RTL), Michael Loeb (WDR Mediagroup), Hans Demmel (n-tv), and the producers Leopold Hoesch (Broadview TV, „Hedda“), Benjamin Benedict, Sebastian Werninger and Jörg Winger (UFA Fiction), Sam Davis (Rowboat, „Das Wunder von Kärnten“), Astrid Quentell (Sony, „The Teacher“), Fritjof Hohagen (enigma Film, „Under The Radar“), Philip Borbély and Nico Roden (MMC Studios Cologne).

The NRW presentation is being jointly organised by the Federal State of NRW, represented in New York by Dr. Marc Jan Eumann, Secretary of State for the Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and Media, the Landesanstalt für Medien (LfM), represented by the press spokesman Dr. Peter Widlok, and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, represented in New York by CEO Petra Müller. Following the festival and awards ceremony, German and international TV executives came together for the traditional „Annual NRW Rendez-vous“, the NRW Lunch, in the Hearst Tower.

Long-standing cooperation
NRW and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have been cooperating since 2009. Apart from the annual visit to the Emmy Festival, the producer and iEmmy ambassador Leopold Hoesch also organises the Emmy Judgings in Cologne each summer.

The Emmy World Television Festival has been developing into an increasingly important international meeting place for the global TV industry. This year will also see ¨Scripted¨, an international TV conference and market for ¨Global Scripted Content Biz¨, being held immediately prior to the iEmmy Festival, on 17 and 18 November in New York. The  Entertainment Masterclass will organise the „Negotiating Deals Master Class“ in the USA for the first time in Brooklyn, parallel with the Emmy Festival (19.-21.11.).