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NRW at the Emmy World TV Festival and the International Emmy Awards

  • NRW present with adelegation of nominees, actors, producers and station representatives
  • "Bad Banks" directed by Christian Schwochow nominated as Best Series
  • Jannis Niewöhner nominated as Best Actor for the lead role in the Amazon Original series "Beat¨
  • Emmy partnership with the federal state of NRW, Landesanstalt für Medien, and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be presenting the International Emmy Awards to the world’s best TV programmes for the 47th time following on from the International Emmy World Television Festival which is being held in New York from 23 – 24 November. The Academy’s President Bruce Paisner is expecting more than 600 festival visitors and around 1,000 guests to attend this event in New York on the evening of Monday, 25 November. The festival will see the international TV industry meeting for networking and exchanging views and experiences of the latest developments and formats, with the nominees being presented in dedicated podiums such as the Short-Form Series Panel, the Drama Series Panel and the Non-Scripted Entertainment Panel.

As the leading German TV hub, NRW will once again have a presence in New York with a delegation of television professionals. The NRW presentation is organised by the media watchdog Landesanstalt für Medien (LfM) , the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, represented by CEO Petra Müller, and the federal state of NRW. This year’s German delegation under the aegis of NRW includes, among others, the NRW producers Leopold Hoesch (Broadview TV), Michael Souvignier (Zeitsprung), Sam Davis (Rowboat) the TV executives Alexander Bickel (WDR), Jörg Graf and Henning Tewes (both RTL Media Group Germany), Christoph Schneider (Amazon Prime Video), Claude Schmit and Sabine Kreft (both Super RTL), as well as the actor Jannis Niewöhner (nominated for ¨Beat¨) and Christian Schwochow, who directed the nominated series "Bad Banks". In addition, the actress Rike Schmid is also part of the delegation and will be serving, among other things, as a presenter for one of the categories.

The partnership between NRW and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has now existed for 11 years. Apart from the annual delegation to New York, the German Ambassador for the International Emmys, Leopold Hoesch, also organises the Emmy Semi-Final Judgings in Cologne’s Marienburg each summer.

About the German nominations

Best Drama Series: ¨Bad Banks¨, directed by Christian Schwochow
„Bad Banks" tells the story of the young investment banker Jana (Paula Beer), who is involved in an intrigue that forces her to do harm to her own bank. The resulting crisis gets out of hand. Christian Schwochow directed the first season of the series which was written by Oliver Kienle (head author), Jana Burbach and Jan Galli based on an idea from Lisa Blumenberg. Barry Atsma starred opposite Paula Beer, Désirée Nosbusch and Albrecht Schuch, who will also be participating in the International Emmys awards ceremony in New York. "Bad Banks" is a German-Luxembourg production by Letterbox Filmproduktion and Iris Productions in co-production with ZDF and in association with Arte, with international sales handled by Federation Entertainment. The series has already received the German Television Prize and the Grimme Prize. Christian Schwochow has directed several productions supported by the Filmstiftung, including the successful arthouse film "Paula", the adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’s classic "German Lesson" – currently screening in the cinemas -, and "Je suis Karl" which is currently in production and has Jannis Niewöhner in one of the leads.

Best lead actor: Jannis Niewöhner in "Beat"
Beat" is a seven-part thriller series based on an idea and directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner (author: Norbert Eberlein) set in in the Berlin club scene.  Apart from the nominee Jannis Niewöhner, who has already received the Grimme Prize and Jupiter Award for his portrayal of the club promoter Robert "Beat" Schlag, the cast includes Karoline Herfurth, Christian Berkel, Alexander Fehling, Hanno Koffler, and many others. ¨Beat¨ is an Amazon Original series by Hellinger/Doll Filmproduktion and Warner Bros. in co-production with Pantaleon Films. The series was broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Jannis Niewöhner has already been involved in several productions made in North Rhine-Westphalia and backed by the Filmstiftung, including the the Ruby Red Trilogy "Ruby Red", "Sapphire Blue" and "Emerald Green", and the drama "Kids Run" (Flare Film) by the director and screenwriter Barbara Ott.

TV and Series Funding at the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
Ever since its founding the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW has been supporting the production of TV event drama – as well as the development and production of high-end series since 2012.  It represents the TV hub of NRW at MIPTV and MIPCOM and has been the main partner of the Berlinale Series market since 2015.  In addition, NRW is a partner of the Franco-German Fund for the Joint Development of Television Series.

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