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“Damming the Nile”, “Sorry About That” claim Rose D’Or Awards

BBC’s virtual reality project Damming the Nile and VRT Belgium’s game show format Sorry About That were among the unscripted winners at the 57th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin. The Rose ...
September 14, 2018

BBC’s virtual reality project Damming the Nile and VRT Belgium’s game show format Sorry About That were among the unscripted winners at the 57th Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin.

The Rose d’Or Awards honor entertainment programming from around the world and is operated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). More than 500 programs from approximately 300 broadcasters and prodcos from 13 different countries were submitted for consideration this year.

Juries made up of industry professionals from 15 countries shortlisted four nominees before selecting winners in each of the 10 categories. Awards were presented Thursday (Sept. 13) at the Axica Convention Center in Berlin across 10 television- and virtual reality-focused categories.

Belgian pubcaster VRT was the big winner in the factual space, scooping up two awards. In the Reality and Factual category, VRT was feted for Down the Road from Roses Are Blue, while Sorry About That from Warner Bros. International Television Production was recognized in the Game Show program.

British pubcaster BBC, meanwhile, was the biggest winner on the night, taking top honors in five of the 10 categories, including in the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality tract where its Damming The Nile (pictured) project took home the trophy.

BBC also took honors in the Sitcom, Arts, Children and Youth, and Limited Series and TV Movie categories.

Also among the winners were Italy’s Roberto Bolle – Dance with Me, which took home the prize for Best Entertainment, while German satirist and TV host Jan Böhmermann was presented with the Entertainer of the Year award.

More information on the winners and nominees is made available here.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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