Wolfgang Penk

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Wolfgang Penk (born April 3, 1938 in Berlin ) is a German television producer . Penk was head of entertainment at ZDF for twelve years .


Born in Berlin, he first worked in the film industry after studying music and was then one of the first men at ZDF. As a department head of Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, he launched programs such as “ Die Mondagsmaler ” with Frank Elstner and “ Auf Los geht's los ” with Joachim Fuchsberger .

At ZDF he later developed Europe's most successful television show “ Wetten, dass ..? “And discovered and promoted talents like Thomas Gottschalk , Günther Jauch and Frank Elstner . Fiction productions such as “ I marry a family ”, “ The legacy of the Guldenburgs ”, “ The Black Forest Clinic ” and “ The Dream Ship ” were also created under his responsibility.

Together with music producers Peter Meisel and Annette Humpe, he discovered and produced “ Die Prinzen ”.

Wolfgang Penk is currently the owner of Wolfgang Penk TV-Productions GmbH . As an independent show provider, he produces programs for all major German broadcasters, including a. Formats such as “ A Heart for Children ”, “The German Schlager Festival”, “But hello!”, “The big Sat.1 New Year's Eve show”, “Wishes come true”, “Wellness TV” and the new editions of “ Dalli Dalli ”and“ One will win ”. Furthermore, Wolfgang Penk produced the media award “Das Goldene Kabel” several times.


Wolfgang Penk was honored with well over 100 gold and platinum records. He also received the Golden Camera , the “ Bambi ”, the “ Telestar ” and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany .


Wolfgang Penk volunteers in the Hans Rosenthal Foundation for quick help in acute need.

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