German television award

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The German Television Prize is a television prize whose introduction was decided in October 1998 by the television stations Das Erste , ZDF , RTL and Sat.1 . The first award ceremony took place on October 2, 1999 in Cologne , the last so far on January 31, 2019 in the Rheinterrasse in Düsseldorf.


Established in 1998/99

The Telestar television prize was awarded annually from 1983 to 1998 . At first the WDR carried it out alone. It was not carried out together with ZDF until 1985 . After the radio and television award Löwe from Radio Luxemburg was discontinued in 1995, the television broadcaster RTL took over the name of its new television award Golden Lion , which was awarded from 1996 to 1998, one year later .

Both prizes were accused of giving preference to their own top performers. Therefore, in October 1998 the major public television broadcasters Das Erste and ZDF as well as the major private broadcasters RTL and Sat.1 decided that they wanted to award a joint award. Thus, the two former television awards Telestar and Goldener Löwe were included in the German television award. The aim is or was that the German Television Award should achieve an international level comparable to that of the “ Emmy ” or the “ Oscar ”.

The first award ceremony took place on October 2, 1999 in Cologne . The award ceremony took place every year from 1999 to 2014 at the end of September and beginning of October, and all prizes were awarded in Cologne's Coloneum .

Reform 2009/10

In a comprehensive reform in the run-up to the 2010 award ceremony, all other personal categories (including for supporting actors and directors) except for the two main actor, special, honorary and sponsorship awards were deleted, but a jury award and an audience award were added. This was announced by WDR director Monika Piel , who was then chairwoman of the group of donors . The prank action sparked protests from filmmakers, who see the changes as an “unprecedented devaluation of fiction”. In an urgent appeal, they called on the donors to reconsider these changes and thus counteract any “disregard for the authors and creators of the films, programs and series”. In the run-up to the 2011 awards ceremony, the organizers announced that they wanted to stick to the concept change and thus to the shortened category system. As a result of the decision, a number of professional associations in the film industry founded the German Academy for Television , which is supported by the creatives from the individual film industries and at the annual award, comparable to the Emmy , the winners are nominated and elected by colleagues from the respective film industry .

Dissolution of the award in 2014 and re-establishment in 2015/16

In February 2014 it became known that the partnership agreement between ARD, ZDF, RTL and Sat.1 had been terminated and that there would be no more German TV Awards after 2014. Negotiations between the donors in August 2015 revealed that the German Television Prize 2016 was now taking place as a New Year's meeting of the television industry with a new concept in the Düsseldorf Rheinterrassen, which was not fully televised. Instead, a half-hour summary was sent. In addition, former categories are re-assigned.

Changes 2020/21

From 2020, the award ceremony should be shown live on television again and take place in Cologne's Coloneum, where it was held for the first 16 years. In addition, it was to be produced for the first time by the production company Riverside Entertainment . In addition, the award ceremony should take place on June 6th in the summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the award event had to be canceled. The nominations for the 21st German Television Award will be published as planned in May 2020. The winners will be announced at the beginning of June. The above changes should come into effect for the award ceremony in 2021.

There are also innovations in the statutes. The broadcaster representatives will continue to work on the jury, but will no longer vote on the final price decision. The Best Streaming Program category will also be awarded for the first time.

Award criteria

The intention of the German Television Award is to promote the quality of German television programming and to honor outstanding achievements for television. Criteria and procedures are regulated in a statute.

All television productions of German origin or with significant creative and economic involvement by German clients that were broadcast nationwide between September 1 of the respective previous year and August 31 of the current year qualify for the award until the 2014 award . Since the award ceremony in 2017, the period from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year applies. The period from September 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 was valid for the 2016 award.

In each award category, three to five nominations will be announced no earlier than four weeks before the award ceremony. Each nominee receives a certificate. The winners receive the award sculpture and a certificate. Apart from the sponsorship awards , the awards are not endowed. In addition, prizes such as the special prize, sponsorship prizes or the donor's honorary prize can be awarded without prior nomination.


An independent jury, consisting of nine to twelve members, who are appointed for two years each, decides on the nominations and award winners, although reappointment is possible after this period. The members of the jury may not have any employment-related relationship with radio or television providers.

Since the award ceremony in 2016, there have been three specialist commissions each with three, at most five members for the areas of fiction, entertainment and information, which carry out the preselection. These then form the jury. You will only be called for one year, with renewal also possible.

The following table is a list of all jury members.

year Chairperson vice-chairman other jury members
1999 Jury:
Peter Gerlach
Pre-selection committee:
Heinz Ungureit
k. A. Jury:
Stefan Aust , Marc Conrad , Nico Hofmann , Ulrike Kriener , Giovanni di Lorenzo , Norbert Schneider
Pre-selection committee:
Lutz Hachmeister , Uwe Kammann, Jan Josef Liefers , Vivian Naefe , Barbara Sichtermann , Klaudia Wick 1
2000 Lutz Hachmeister Klaudia Wick 1 Stefan Aust, Marc Conrad, Nico Hofmann, Uwe Kammann, Ulrike Kriener, Jan Josef Liefers, Giovanni di Lorenzo, Vivian Naefe, Norbert Schneider, Barbara Sichtermann
2001 Lutz Hachmeister Klaudia Wick 1 Stefan Aust, Marc Conrad, Uwe Kammann, Ulrike Kriener, Sandra Maischberger , Barbara Sichtermann, Norbert Schneider, Natalia Wörner
2002 Lutz Hachmeister Klaudia Wick 1 Stefan Aust, Marc Conrad, Uwe Kammann, Ulrike Kriener, Giovanni di Lorenzo, Sandra Maischberger, Mischa Hofmann , Norbert Schneider, Barbara Sichtermann, Natalia Wörner
2003 Helmut Markwort Gisela Marx Alexander Gorkow , Mischa Hofmann, Ann-Kathrin Kramer , Mark Schlichter , Sybille Simon-Zülch, Udo Wachtveitl , Volker Weicker
2004 Helmut Markwort Gisela Marx Mischa Hofmann, Ann-Kathrin Kramer , Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt , Roland Suso Richter , Thomas Schadt , Sybille Simon-Zülch, Udo Wachtveitl, Volker Weicker, Klaudia Wick 1
2005 Klaudia Wick 1 Thomas Schadt Alexander Adolph , Markus Brunnemann, Ulrike Folkerts , Stefan Niggemeier , Roland Suso Richter, Heike Richter-Karst, Marcel Rosenbach
2006 Klaudia Wick Thomas Schadt Alexander Adolph, Dieterschlag, Markus Brunnemann, Martin Eigler , Sandra Maischberger, Christiane Paul , Heike Richter-Karst, Marcel Rosenbach, Volker Weicker
2007 Klaudia Wick Thomas Schadt Alexander Adolph, Dieterschlag, Christian Becker , Martin Eigler, Heike Richter-Karst, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Scholten , Barbara Schöneberger, Volker Weicker
2008 Lutz Carstens k. A. Dieterschlag, Christian Becker, Bettina Böttinger, Sophie von Kessel , Miriam Meckel , Heike Richter-Karst, Barbara Schöneberger, Klaudia Wick
2009 Bettina Böttinger Miriam Meckel Dieterschlag, Tim Bergmann , Lutz Carstens, Christian von Castelberg , Christoph Keese , Beatrice Kramm, Klaudia Wick
2010 Bettina Böttinger Christoph Keese Dieterschlag, Tim Bergmann, Wigald Boning , Lutz Carstens, Ralf Husmann , Beatrice Kramm, Klaudia Wick
2011 Christoph Keese Christiane Ruff Dieterschlag, Else Buschheuer , Lutz Carstens, Ralf Husmann, Leopold Hoesch , Hans-Werner Meyer , Klaudia Wick
2012 Christiane Ruff Klaudia Wick Dieterschlag, Else Buschheuer, Lutz Carstens, Annette Frier , Leopold Hoesch, Christoph Keese, Torsten Körner
2013 Christiane Ruff Klaudia Wick Miguel Alexandre , Dieterschlag, Barbara Auer, Lutz Carstens, Leopold Hoesch, Torsten Körner, Michael Kessler
2014 Torsten Körner Lutz Carstens Dieterschlag, Leopold Hoesch, Caroline Peters , Christiane Ruff, Volker Weicker, Klaudia Wick
2015 no award of the German TV Prize
2016 Lutz Carstens Beatrice Kramm Steffen Hallaschka , Jakob Krebs, Ulrike Kriener, Jan Köppen , Thomas Lückerath, Peter Nadermann, Nicole Rosenbach, Wilfried Urbe, Volker Weicker
2017 Lutz Carstens Bettina Josmann, Jakob Krebs, Phillip Laude , Thomas Lückerath, Peter Nadermann, Caroline Peters , Nicole Rosenbach, Marcus Uhl, Wilfried Urbe
2018 Lutz Carstens Christian Becker , Steffen Hallaschka , Bettina Josmann, Jan Peter Lacher, Peter Nadermann, Stephanie Prehn, Diemut Roether, Christiane Ruff , Jürgen Schulte, Marcus Uhl, Wilfried Urbe, Stefan Wirtz, Frank Zervos
2019 Wolf Bauer Christian Becker, Iris Bettray , Orkun Ertener , Maria Furtwängler , Bettina Josmann, Florian Kumb, Kirsten Petersen, Stephanie Prehn, Katrin Sandmann , Natalie Scharf , Jürgen Schulte, Mitri Sirin , Stefan Wirtz
2020 Wolf Bauer Viviane Andereggen , Iris Bettray, Reinhard Bezler, Orkun Ertener, Maria Furtwängler, Georg Hirschberg, Florian Kumb, Mark Land, Thomas Lückerath, Gerda Müller, Antonia Rados , Mitri Sirin, Stefan Wirtz

1 Until 2005, Klaudia Wick's last name was Brunst.

Channels that produce television productions themselves or have them produced and that can be received nationwide can submit two to three suggestions per category to the jury. In addition, the jury members can submit unlimited suggestions in all categories. Professional associations can also be granted the right to make proposals.

From all proposals, three or five nominations are made by majority vote and the jury then selects the winners.


Current categories

The following table is a listing of all categories that are currently being awarded. Since the names of the categories have changed over the years, the current name is written in bold .

category Period of award
Best TV film / Best multi-part
Best TV film
Best multi-part
Best multi-part documentary
Best documentary multi-part
1999 to 2008
since 2009
2009 to 2013, since 2017
Best Series
Best Series / Best Actor Series
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
1999 to 2000, 2002 to 2005, 2007 to 2017
2001, 2006
since 2018
since 2018
Best report
Best documentary / Best documentary
Best documentary
Best documentary / report
1999 to 2014
2000 to 2014
since 2016
Best information broadcast
Best moderation information
Best information broadcast
: Best knowledge broadcast
Best moderation information: Best foreign reporter
Best information broadcast / moderation
Best information
Best information: Reporting on the refugee crisis
Best personal performance Information
Best moderation / individual performance Information Best information: Foreign reporter
1999, 2003, 2005 to 2007
1999, 2003, 2005 to 2007
2000 to 2002, 2004
2010 to 2014, 2017 to 2018
2016 to 2017
Best infotainment since 2017
Best Show
Best Entertainment Show Best Entertainment Show
/ Best Moderation Entertainment
Best Entertainment Show / Best Show
Best Docutainment
Best Entertainment
Best Entertainment Docu
Best Entertainment Show
Best Entertainment Docu / Docutainment
Best Entertainment Primetime
Best Entertainment Late Night
Best Factual Entertainment
1999 to 2000, 2003
2001 to 2002, 2004 to 2007
2010, 2014
2010 to 2011, 2014
2012 to 2013
2012 to 2013
since 2016
since 2016
since 2016
Best moderation entertainment
Best moderation entertainment: Late Night
Best entertainment program / moderation
Best moderation / individual entertainment
2003, 2016 to 2017, since 2019
Best Sports Show
Best Sports Journalism
1999 to 2014, since 2017
Best Comedy Show / Best Moderation Entertainment
Best Comedy
Best Comedy Show
Best Comedy / Cabaret
2001 to 2002, 2004 to 2014, since 2018
2016 to 2017
Best Actor Leading Role TV Movie / Multi-Part
Best Actor Leading Role
Best Actor TV Movie
Best Actor
1999 to 2001
2002 to 2003, 2009
2004 to 2006
2007 to 2008, since 2010
Best Actress, Leading Role, TV Movie / Multipart
Best Actress, Leading Role,
Best Actress, TV Movie,
Best Actress
1999 to 2001
2002 to 2003, 2009
2004 to 2006
2007 to 2008, since 2010
Best Director Series
Best Director TV Film / Multi-Part
Best Director
1999 to 2006
2007 to 2009, since 2016
Best Book Series
Best Book TV Film / Multi-Part
Best Book
1999 to 2006
2007 to 2009, since 2016
Best music 1999 to 2009, since 2016
Best camera 1999 to 2009, since 2016
Best cut 1999 to 2009, since 2016
Best set design
Best costumes
Best set (set design and / or costume)
Best set (set / costume design)
Best set
Best set (set / studio design)
Best set (TV film)
Best set (set and costume design)
Best set show
2000 to 2001
2003 to 2005, since 2016
2008 to 2009
Sponsorship award since 1999
Honorary award of the donors since 1999

Former categories

Mariele Millowitsch , the only winner in the
Best Actress Sitcom category
Walter Sittler , the only winner in the
Best Actor Sitcom category
Frederik Pleitgen , who washonoredwith an Honorable Mention in 2011.

Categories that are no longer awarded:

category Period of award
Best children's show 1999
Best foreign broadcast 1999
Special Price 1999 to 2014
Best Actor Leading Role Series
Best Actress Leading Role Series
Best Actor Series
Best Actress Series
Best Actor Series
1999 to 2000
1999 to 2000
2002 to 2004
2002 to 2004
Best Actor Supporting Role
Best Actress Supporting Role
Best Actor Supporting Role
1999 to 2006, 2008 to 2009
1999 to 2006, 2008 to 2009
TV event of the year 2002
Best Daily Show
Best Daily Show (Service)
Best Daily Series
2002 to 2003
Best Actor Sitcom 2003
Best Actress Sitcom 2003
Best sitcom 2003 to 2007
Award Audience Award "Best Daily Series"
Audience Award "Best Entertainer"
Audience Award "Best Breakfast TV / Morning Magazine"
Audience Award "Best News
Show " Audience Award "Best / Best Show Presenter (s)"
Best crime series 2005
Free personnel category: Best TV consultant 2007
Free format category: Best cooking show
Free format category: Best reality show
Free category: Best visual effects 2008
Special achievement fiction
special achievement entertainment
special achievement information
special achievement
2010 to 2012
2010 to 2012
2010 to 2012
Honorable Mention 2011
Best talk show 2016
Best creative performance entertainment (direction, script, editing) 2018

Organizer and moderation

Each year a different of the participating broadcasters is the host of the award. The organizer of the awards ceremony for the respective year decides who will moderate the award ceremony. At the first award in 1999 , all participating broadcasters were allowed to name a presenter.

The host rhythm is as follows: RTL - ZDF - Sat.1 - Das Erste .

So far, 17 men and 7 women have moderated the award ceremony. The award ceremony was only moderated once by four (1999) and three (2014). The award ceremony was moderated nine times by just one person, five times by a man and four times by a woman. The award ceremony was also moderated eight times by a duo. Seven times by a woman-man duo and once by a male duo (2012).

Most of the awards were moderated by Barbara Schöneberger (2016–2019).

Anke Engelke (left) and Sandra Maischberger (right) each hosted the German Television Award three times. Anke Engelke (left) and Sandra Maischberger (right) each hosted the German Television Award three times.
Anke Engelke (left) and Sandra Maischberger (right) each hosted the German Television Award three times.
Barbara Schöneberger was the only one to host four awards in a row for the German TV Prize.
year date Channel Moderation
1999 October 2nd RTL Jochen Busse , Johannes B. Kerner , Gabi Bauer and Kai Pflaume
2000 October 7th ZDF Ulla Kock am Brink
2001 October 6th Sat 1 Anke Engelke and Hape Kerkeling
2002 5th October The first Sandra Maischberger and Dirk Bach
2003 September 27th RTL Günther Jauch
2004 9th October ZDF Thomas Gottschalk
2005 15th October Sat 1 Anke Engelke and Hugo Egon Balder
2006 the 20th of October The first Jörg Pilawa
2007 September 29th RTL Marco Schreyl
2008 October 11th ZDF Thomas Gottschalk
2009 September 26th Sat 1 Anke Engelke and Bastian Pastewka 1
2010 9th October The first Sandra Maischberger and Kurt Krömer
2011 October 2nd RTL Marco Schreyl and Nazan Eckes
2012 October 2nd ZDF Oliver Welke and Olaf Schubert
2013 October 2nd Sat 1 Oliver Pocher and Cindy from Marzahn
2014 October 2nd The first Sandra Maischberger, Hans Sigl and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf
2015 no award of the German TV Prize
2016 13th January RTL 2 Barbara Schöneberger
2017 February 2nd ZDF 2 Barbara Schöneberger
2018 January 26th Sat.1 3 Barbara Schöneberger
2019 31 January The first 4 Barbara Schöneberger and Steffen Hallaschka
2020 6th of June RTL

1 Anke Engelke & Bastian Pastewka moderated in 2009 in the role of the folk music duo Wolfgang & Anneliese
2 no live broadcast on television; only a 30- to 45-minute summary
3 no live broadcast or summary on television
4 live broadcast on web stream; two hour summary on television

The trophy

The trophy in the hands of
Michael Kessler after the 2018 award ceremony .

The trophy is a 30 cm obelisk . The obelisk consists of a glass body that weighs approx. 1.9 to 2 kg. A three-dimensional television screen produced using the latest laser technology is lasered into the obelisk.

The design for the trophy comes from the Peter Schmidt Studio Hamburg and is produced by the Rastal glass company in Höhr-Grenzhausen (Rhineland-Palatinate).

While the award ceremony is still in progress, the names of the winners will be lasered into the trophy with a mobile engraving system.


In 2007 the organization office of the German Television Prize received the price of the offended viewers for the “purchase” of “fans” for the 2006 award in Cologne-Ossendorf.

There was a scandal in 2008 when Marcel Reich-Ranicki refused the television award that was intended for him live in the gala. Above all, he wanted to point out the poor quality of German television in his opinion.

The private broadcasters expressed displeasure with the unclear criteria for awarding the categories. Private broadcasters also complained because they often missed out on awards and the public broadcasters often found the award-winning programs not worthy of the award.

There was also criticism when the prizes were no longer awarded in individual categories such as direction, camera, editing, music and equipment, but for films, teams and actors.

At the award ceremony in 2013, the “lovelessness” and “levellessness” of the award ceremony gala were criticized.

Before the 2018 award ceremony , the handling of screenwriters in the invitation and nomination policy was criticized .

See also

Web links

Commons : German TV Prize  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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