German pubcaster leads Adolf Grimme Awards

Regional web WDR dominates independent TV honors

COLOGNE, Germany -- Regional pubcaster WDR cleaned up at this year's Adolf Grimme Awards, the most prestigious independent TV honors in Germany, winning seven trophies for its drama and nonfiction programming.

WDR's Adolf Grimme-winning telefilm "Outta Control!" with its subject matter of generational conflict and school shootings, seemed particularly prescient following the brutal school killings in Germany this month.

Other drama winners included period miniseries "Teufelsbraten" (Hellion) and family drama "Die zweite Frau" (The Second Wife), both from WDR, as well as "Wholetrain," a look at Berlin's graffiti sprayer scene produced by ZDF, and "Das wahre Leben" (The True Life) from fellow pubcaster ARD.

WDR all but swept the documentary category, winning for political docs "Losers and Winners," "Live and Die for Kabul" and "The Big Sell-Off" and also picked up a special Grimme for "Brinkmann's Rage," a look at the anger and eloquence of 1970s poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann.

Commercial giant RTL had to make due with one award -- winning best entertainment program for its hospital sitcom "Doctor's Diary."

The 45th annual Adolf Grimme Awards, named after the politician and Nazi resistance fighter Adolf Grimme, will be held April 3 in the German city of Marl.

A complete list of winners follows.

Best drama programs
"Outta Control!" (WDR), Nicole Weegmann
"Das wahre Leben" (ARD), Alain Gsponer
"Teufelsbraten" (WDR/NDR/ARTE), Hermine Huntgeburth
"Die zweite Frau" (ARTE/WDR), Hans Steinbichler
"Wholetrain" (ZDF), Florian Gaag

Best entertainment programs
"Doctor's Diary" (RTL/ORF)
"Johannes Schluter" (NDR)

Best information and culture programs
"Losers and Winners" (WDR/ARTE), Ulrike Franke/Michael Loeken
"Live and Die for Kabul" (ARD/NDR/WDR), Hubert Seipel
"Sonbol," Niko Apel (Buch/Regie)
"The Big Sell-off" (WDR/ARTE/BR), Florian Opitz
Audience Award
"Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite" (ARD/NDR), Richard Huber

Special award of the state of NRW
"Brinkmanns Rage"(WDR), Harald Bergmann