At the International Emmy Awards, Anna Schudt was honored with an award for Best Performance by an Actress for her role in the RTL film “Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht” (A Cold Would Have Done It, Too). In it, she played the comedian Gaby Köster, who fought her way back to life after a stroke. In addition, the Atresmedia series “La Casa de Papel” won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series. RTL Group celebrates two victories with both RTL Television and Atresmedia picking up an award this year!
When the annual International Emmy Awards were presented in New York on Monday evening, honoring the best non-American television productions, the Bertelsmann world had reason to celebrate in both Germany and Spain: One of the special awards, Best Performance by an Actress, went to the German actress Anna Schudt for her role in the RTL movie “Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht” (A Cold Would Have Done It, Too), and to the Atresmedia series “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist) as Best Drama Series.
‘She gave the story its heart’
In the movie adaptation of the book “Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht,” Anna Schudt, also known from the Dortmund edition of the crime series “Tatort,” plays the multi-award-winning comedian Gaby Köster, who suffered a severe stroke at the height of her career in 2008, but refused to give up and fought her way back to life despite many ups and downs.
Anna Schudt ©MG RTL D / Wolfgang Ennenbach
In 2011, she published the book “Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht: Meine zweite Chance” (“A Cold Would Have Done It, Too: My Second Chance,”) which was published as an audiobook by Random House Audio and formed the basis for an RTL movie adaptation of the same name. Anna Schudt’s daily transformation into Gaby Köster took four hours in makeup. And for her role in the movie, the actress spent several weeks learning how to speak like Gaby with a coach, who was also on set.
Philipp Steffens, Division Manager at RTL Fiction, says: “Filming with and about Gaby Köster, with whom we have a long history, was a matter of the heart for us. Together with Zeitsprung and a dedicated team, we wanted to honor her with an emotionally powerful story. Casting Anna Schudt for this challenging role was a major win for us.”
First International Emmy for a Spanish series
The Atresmedia series “La Casa de Papel” (Money Heist), which had already won several awards, made history in New York last Monday evening: For the first time, a television production from Spain won an International Emmy Award. The popular series prevailed over 44 productions from 20 countries in the Best Drama Series category. Sonia Martínez, Directora de Ficción at Atresmedia, and Álex Pina, creator of the successful series and Executive Producer of Vancouver Media, accepted the award.
“La casa de Papel”
“La Casa de Papel” has already won numerous distinctions; this year it won a Golden Nymph at the Festival de Télévision in Monte Carlo (see BENET report) and an Iris Award for Úrsula Coberó as Best Actress (see BENET report). The series not only achieved great success in Spain, but also internationally thanks to Netflix. Produced in collaboration with Vancouver Media, it tells the story of a spectacular robbery of the Spanish banknote printing plant in Madrid and is the most widely viewed non-English-language series in the streaming provider’s program line-up. When it was first broadcast on Antena 3, an average of 2.3 million viewers tuned in for each episode. (source: benet)
“La casa de Papel”