Rose d’Or 2020 finalists announced

Nominees in the prestigious 59th Rose d’Or Awards have been announced, selected from 766 entries across 12 categories, for the 2020 digital edition.

The shortlist was voted for by over 80 international judges from across the television industry and includes entries from every major territory in the world.

Given the extraordinary challenges faced in 2020, this year’s awards also includes a special category to recognise Innovation In The Time of COVID, with finalists from Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, the US and UK.

Mark Rowland, chair of the 2020 judges, said: “At a time when the medium of television has never played a more central role in our lives – and when producing programmes has never been more challenging – we’ve seen an amazing breadth of subjects and creative treatments. With production standards higher than ever, across the globe. Congratulations to all the nominees on an amazing achievement.”

Markus Sterky, chair of the European Broadcasting Union TV Committee, said: “The Rose d’Or Awards have always been a major moment in the industry calendar but this year, more than ever, being able to celebrate our achievements is fundamental. This year has seen a record number of entries and the resulting nominee list is truly international, with a diverse range of topics and talent, showing breath-taking quality. That these productions have been created in spite of the challenges of Covid-19 is phenomenal.   For me, impactful stories matter and can resonate with audiences for decades. This is a shortlist that we will still be talking about in years to come.” 

This year Rose d’Or Awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony, hosted by comedian Nish Kumar. The ceremony will stream on on December 9.

During the ceremony, four special awards will also be presented for Lifetime Achievement, Performance of the Year, Emerging Talent and The Golden Rose, which honours the outstanding entertainment programme or series of the past year.

In 2019 The Golden Rose was won by the drama series, Chernobyl.

Rose d’Or nominees 2020:

BBC Studios/BBC3/UK
The Secret Gameshow
Asahi Broadcasting TV Corporation (ABC Japan)/NBCUniversal Formats/Japan
Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios/Hulu/USA
Did You Get the Message
ViacomCBS International Studios – Claro Video/ViacomCBS International Studios/Paramount Network/Mexico
Toren C
Hollands Licht Producties/BlazHoffski Productions B.V./RosMeijer/Warner Bros/VPRO/NPO3/Netherlands

Comedy Drama and Sitcom
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257 Reasons to Live
Yellow, Black and White/START/Beta Film/Russia
Cinétévé/Artémis Productions/CineCentrum/France TV Distribution/
Sex Education
Eleven Film/Netflix/UK/USA
Two Weeks to Live
Kudos Productions/Banijay Rights/Sky One/UK
Feel Good
Objective Fiction/Objective Media Group Scotland/All3media International/Channel 4/Netflix/UK
This Way Up
Merman Television/Channel 4/Hulu/Sky NBCU/UK

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Studio Airlift/RealFilm/Netflix/Germany/USA
Babylon Berlin
X Filme Creative Pool Gmbh/ARD Degeto/WRD/Beta Film/Sky/Germany
Normal People
Element Pictures/BBC/Hulu/ BBC Three/BBC One/UK
Das Boot
Sky Deutschland/Bavaria Fiction/NBC Universal Global Distribution/Germany
The Capture
Heyday Television/NBCUniversal International Studios/NBCUniversal Global Distribution/BBC One/UK
Baghdad Central
Euston Films/Fremantle/Channel 4/UK

Soap or Telenovela
District 31
Aetios Productions/Aetios Distribution/Radio-Canada/Canada
Victoria Small
ViacomCBS International Studios, Oficina Burman (The Media Pro Studio)/Telefe/ Argentina
A Life Worth Living
SP Televisão S.A./SIC- Sociedade Independente de Comunicação/Portugal
100 Dias Para Enamorarnos
Telemundo Global Studios/NBCUniversal Global Distribution/MTV Networks Latin America/Telemundo/USA

Reality and Factual Entertainment
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Still Standing
Frantic Films/DR Salg/Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)/Canada
We’ll Meet Again
Kuma Studios/Kan 11/Israel
The School That Tried to End Racism
Proper Content/Banijay Rights/Channel 4/UK
ScreenDog Productions/Banijay Rights/Channel 4/UK
Generation Dating
Coco Content/A+E Networks/Virgin Media Television/Ireland
Race Across the World
Studio Lambert/all3media international/BBC TWO/UK


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The Forum
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Filmperspektive/SWR/Arte/BR/HR/SRF/SRG SSR/VPRO/Germany/Switzerland
Confronting Holocaust Denial: David Baddiel
Wall to Wall Media Ltd/UK
For Sama
Channel 4 News/ITN Productions/Channel 4/FRONTLINE PBS/Syrian Arab Republic/UK
Afghanistan. The Wounded Land
LOOKSfilm/NDR-Arte/Aljazeera Documentary Channel/Česká televize/Format TV/DR/Knowledge Network/Mediawan Thematics for Toute l’Histoire/NRK/VPRO/ Germany
The Unwanted: Secret Windrush Files
Uplands Television Ltd/BBC Two/UK
Once Upon a Time in Iraq
Keo Films for BBC Two / UK

The Great World Theatre – Salzburg and its Festival
pre tv Gesellschaft für Film- und Videoproduktion m.b.H./Unitel/ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Corporation/Austria
This House is Full of Music
Swan Films/BBC One/UK
Lee Miller – A Life on the Frontline
Erica Starling Productions and Ronachan Films/BBC/BBC Two/UK
Wim Wenders, Desperado
NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)/Studio Hamburg Enterprises/Das Erste (ARD)/Germany
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love
Words & Poems Ltd/Universal Pictures Content Group/Roadside Attractions/BBC Two/UK
Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words
Footwork Films Ltd/Manilla Productions Ltd/BBC Two/UK

Studio Entertainment
Mute It
There’s Something About Movies
CPL Productions/Motion Content Group/Sky/Sky One/UK
The Wonderbox
Capa/Newen Connect/France 3/France
The Way Out
Roses Are Blue/Be Entertainment/VTM – DPG Media/Belgium
Beat The Channel
Florida Entertainment/Red Arrow Studios International/ProSieben/Germany
Lego Masters USA
Endemol Shine North America/ Tuesday’s Child and Plan B Entertainment under license from The LEGO Group/Banijay Rights/FOX/USA

Children and Youth
Malory Towers
Malory Towers/King Bert/WildBrain/CBBC/UK/Canada
First Day
Epic Films/Australian Children’s Television Foundation/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Australia
Never Have I Ever
Universal Television(a division of Universal Studio Group)/3 Arts Entertainment/Original Langster/Kaling International/Netflix/USA
FYI Investigates: Children Caught in the Crossfire
Fresh Start Media/Sky/Sky News/Sky Kids/UK
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Lupus Films/HaperCollins Children’s Books/NBCUniversal/Channel 4/UK
De Mensen/Newen Connect/Ketnet/VRT/Belgium

Social Media and Video Series
Labels: Young and Homeless
VRT/VRT Sales/VRT NWS youtube channel/Belgium
Anne Frank Video Diary
Every Media/Netherlands
The Square Root
Gunnpark Entertainment/Through A Glass Productions/Ignition FX/USA
Ludo Studio/ABC TV/Australia
More Sauce/Facebook/Spain and Australia
The Shape of Us
BBC Scotland Multiplatform Productions/BBC Ideas/UK

Innovation in the Time of Covid
Senza Respiro (Breathless)
Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana/PBS/FRONTLINE/ARTE/RAI 2/Italy
The Proms 2020
Livewire Pictures/BBC One/UK
Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special
Fulwell 73/CBS Studios/ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group/US
At Home
HBO Europe/Spain/Poland/Finland
Front Messages
Container Cup

Audio Entertainment
Peter 2.0: The Making of a Cyborg
Unedited for Cardiff Productions/Apple/Spotify/Acast/UK
Pozzitive Television Ltd BBC Radio 4/UK
The Nobody Zone
RTÉ Documentary On One/Third Ear Productions/Ireland/Denmark
Treasure Island: The hunt for the Falcon Blanco
Tunnel 29
BBC Radio 4/UK
Nut Jobs: Cracking California’s Strangest $10 million Heist
Somethin’ Else/Audible Australia

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