Christian Becker receives THR Award

Award presented by editor Elizabeth Guider

COLOGNE, Germany -- A grinning and boyish Christian Becker accepted the 2008 Hollywood Reporter Award from THR editor Elizabeth Guider Friday night.

"It means a lot to me to be honored by The Hollywood Reporter because they were my start in this business," said the producer of German box office hit "The Wave" and countless German TV series. "I was living in a small German town, working at the post office, dreaming of Hollywood and subscribing to The Hollywood Reporter. One day I read about a new TV series that RTL and Columbia Tri-Star were producing in Berlin. I called the producers and offered to work for free."

That was 1993. 15 years later, Becker and his Rat Pack production company are permanent fixtures on the German film and TV scene. His upcoming projects including "Vicky The Viking," the most expensive German kids film ever made, the rom-com "Murder Is My Business, Baby" featuring rising star Nora Tschirner ("Rabbit Without Ears") and "Jerry Cotton," an adaptation of the best-selling detective novels of the same name.

The Hollywood Reporter Award, which comes with a 10,000 euro ($13,500) bursary, honors a German innovator who has had a major impact on the local media scene. It is presented every year at German TV festival and confab the Cologne Conference.