38th Robert Geisendorfer Prize for Radio, Television and Electronic Production

Hanover (ots) –

The Robert Geisendörfer 2022 Award Ceremony will take place tomorrow, 20 September 2022, at the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in Leipzig. This year, a total of eight works will receive the Protestant Media Award. The Public Programs jury awards two awards each for radio, television and internet. The “Child Media” jury also awards two prizes. The special prize winner will also be honored by the 2022 jury.

The Jury for the “Public Programs” of the Robert Geisendorfer Prize is chaired by the Head of the Church and the Head of the Church Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Jung, honored the following productions:


“Anton and Pepe”

The award goes to Axel Ranisch (Author/Director) and Paul Zakher (Author).

NDR 2021, eds.: Culture, Art, and Cultural Journalism. Responsible Editor: Michael Baker.

Jury statement: We go with Anton and Pepe through the jungle of their daily lives of love and suffering, and despite all the storytelling humor, we only realize too late how much we’ve learned. On the ordinary everyday life of the same-sex partnership, about the prejudices that still exist, about the vicissitudes of family life in Germany and – last but not least – about love (neighbourhood) as the crucial and binding link for successful relationships between us human beings.

“Letters from Hell”

Andreas Weiser (director) received the award.

HR 2021, Editor: hr2-kultur. Responsible Editor: Cordula Huth.

Jury Statement: Eyewitness reports that must not survive. The men of Auschwitz Sonderkommando face the most terrifying task: to lead their people into the gas chambers. “Letters from Hell” was found and later published by Pavel Polian. With his radio art, Andreas Weiser created a sound monument out of it.


The Egyptian case

Stefan Eberlin (Author/Director) received the award.

ARTE/ZDF 2021, Responsible Editor: Miriam Carbe (ZDF). Production company: Leykauf Film.

Jury statement: With great perseverance and staying in power, Stefan Eberlin has shed new light on the much-discussed “Al-Masry Affair” and sheds light on the blackout that state agencies and responsible politicians believe they can tolerate. Through his meticulous and comprehensive research work, he restores to the Egyptian some of his dignity and thus gives him justice.

“Black Eagles”

Torsten Korner (Author/Director) received the award.

Broadview Pictures 2018, Producer: Leopold Hoch. Creative Producer: Peter Wolf.

Broadcasting: Amazon Prime, ZDF.

Jury statement: The documentary impressively addresses the issue of racism in the German Football League (DFL). The stories of football players over the past 60 years have been masterfully combined with archival material. The result was a moving film, partly fun, but above all an eye-opening one.


podcast format “Noise”

The award goes to Khosrow Behrouz (Writer/Director/Producer) and Patrick Stegmann (Writer/Director/Producer).

Jury Statement: The entertaining podcast “Al Dajeej” does journalistic education in its best sense. It shines not only through particularly rigorous research, but also through the always understandable presentation of the findings and thought-provoking storytelling together, making the analysis and connections impressively audible. With Noise, Khesrau Behrouz and Patrick Stegmann explore the inaudible voices behind loud screams, make them accessible and understandable in a contrasting way, and mark the medium of audio broadcasting.

Social media format “Arte FAQ”

Frederic Schiller (Producer), Manuel Tanner (RBB Editor) and Patrick Wagner (Author) received the award.

rbb/Arte, production company: Drive beta.

Jury Statement: The Arte FAQ runs on Snapchat and Instagram and answers once a week to the Questions Generation Z asks. The jury recognizes the performance and innovative spirit of a format that is constantly evolving and adapting to new platforms and environments, but never lose sight of the goal of informing young people and promoting social discourse.

children’s media

The jury of the Robert Geisendorfer Children’s Media Award, chaired by President Udo Hahn, awards its prizes to the following products:

“If it’s not you, we are!”

Irga von Bernstorff (Author, Director) received the award.

SWR 2021, Editor: Fiction and the Family. Co-production: Radio Bremen Responsible Editors: Claudia Schwab (SWR) and Michaela Herold (RB).

Jury Statement: With four photos from the series “If Not You, We!” Irja von Bernstorff has found an excellent way to illustrate the negative consequences of globalization without reinforcing a pervasive sense of powerlessness.

Web series “Real”

The award goes to Kristen Hartmann (producer) and Ricarda Schemann (lead author).

ZDF 2021, Editors: Children and Youth, Fiction. Responsible for the editorial department: Thomas Burkart, Carmen Dout, Francesca Guderian and Jens Rybke. Producer: Lacey Sharpin. Production company: Studio Central.

Jury statement: With the first German children’s web series, ZDF has made a true innovation in domestic children’s television. The series caters almost perfectly to the interests and lifestyle of the target group between nine and twelve. “Real” contributes not only to mutual respect between the sexes, but also to good teamwork.

Special Jury Prize 2022

Television journalist Catherine Eggendorf received the Special Jury Prize for the 2022 Robert Geisendorfer Prize. The jury thus honors Catherine Eggendorff for decades of journalistic commitment in areas of crisis and war. With its reports, reports and ratings, foreign reports on German television are modeled in an exemplary way.

Jury Statement: “With professional objectivity and at the same time sympathetic, Catherine Eggendorf has been reporting on crisis and war zones for decades. As a foreign correspondent for ARD, later for RTL, since 1999 as international correspondent for ZDF and ARTE she organizes conflicts – often What she puts herself at risk – and provides background information that is sensitively reflected.Catherine Eggendorf has written about the war against Chechnya, the conflicts in the Caucasus and Georgia, Israel and Egypt and Turkey, asking about causes and interests and above all, giving victims a voice speaking to the Taliban, asking about women’s rights when Afghanistan is no longer the focus of international reports, meets refugees in Syria and films in Iraq. Since February 2022, the war against Ukraine has been closely lived and reported in brief switch as well as in detailed conversations. It conveys complex facts very clearly, with accurate knowledge and journalistic confidence in its judgment” .

The award ceremony will be moderated by Ulrike Greim, Commissioner of Broadcasting for the Evangelical Church in Central Germany. Public and private broadcasters as well as responsible and creative people from online formats participate in the competition every year. The award is given to radio, television and Internet formats from all categories of programs that promote personal and social responsibility, and contribute to the good coexistence of individuals, groups and peoples and mutual respect between the sexes. Each prize is worth €5,000, and the special prize is not registered.

Pictures of the Awards Ceremony and individual winners on the evening of the Awards Ceremony can be downloaded from 9:30 pm at: https://www.geisendoerferpreis.de/presse

We are also happy to arrange interviews with award winners.

Press contact on the day of the awards ceremony: Torsten Spille, Tel.: 0170/6085496.

Hanover, September 19, 2022

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