ARD dominates at '07 Grimme nods


COLOGNE, Germany -- Immigration and cross-culture conflict were the keys to success at the German TV awards known as the Adolf Grimme Prizes.

"Turkish For Beginners," a sitcom from pubcaster ARD featuring a Turkish-German family; TV movie "My Crazy Turkish Wedding," from commercial network ProSieben; and social drama "Wut" (Anger), also from ARD, about a confrontation between a poor ethnic Turk and a well-to-do German boy, were among the prize winners announced Wednesday.

ARD, along with its various regional pubcasters, was the clear winner at this year's awards, picking up eight of 12 prizes. Also among its nods were Grimme prizes for director Dominik Graf, for an episode of local crime series "Polizeiruf 110" and for Soenke Wortmann's hugely successfully soccer documentary "Germany: A Summer Fairytale."

Munich-based ProSieben was the only commercial channel to win this year. In addition to "My Crazy Turkish Wedding," ProSieben took home a Grimme in the entertainment category for the game show "Extreme Activity."

The Adolf Grimme Prizes will be presented to the winners at a gala ceremony March 30 in the western German city of Marl.