Friday, April 5, 2019


The World Media Festival in Hamburg has revealed its top wins for three Be-Entertainment titles. The brand-new drama series ‘Studio Tarara’ won gold in the Miniseries category, whereas ‘Make Belgium Great Again’ captured the top prize in Entertainment: Continuing Series & Serial Programmes’ and the second series of ‘Did you get the Message?’ received its second gold win in the category ‘Comedy’ after also capturing the top prize in this category last year for its first season. The three winning formats will now automatically be on the shortlist of the Grand Prix Award, the most important World Media Festival prize, to be announced May 15th. All three formats are aired on VTM in Belgium.

‘Studio Tarara’ marks the first scripted project from Shelter, the triple Emmy-winning creators behind ‘Did you get the Message’, ‘What if?’ and ‘Benidorm Bastards’. Viewers are taken behind the scenes of ‘Studio Tarara’, the most popular sketch show of 1993, where the cast gradually descends into a spiral of self-destruction. Drugs, alcohol, sex and big themes like #metoo are the main ingredients that lead up to a mysterious death which drags the entire studio into a police investigation. 'Studio Tarara' was one of the 10 international series selected at the Cannes Series Festival last week and won bronze at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards less than a week ago.

‘Make Belgium Great Again’, created by FC Panache, sees a team of young TV makers trying to make the nation a better place and with it creating success on all levels from high market shares, online viewing numbers, press attention, marketing power, social media interaction, success on its missions and now also recognition from the business by winning several awards. The format just scored the C21 multi-platform award at this month’s MIPTV. It is already being adapted for three local versions in addition to the second series production in Belgium.

Hidden camera comedy ‘Did you get the Message’, which offers a fresh new take on getting a message across, has already been a huge success on VTM, where it is in production for a third series. Local adaptations will air this year in Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. It previously won Shelter several other awards including the prestigious International Emmy award for best Non-Scripted Entertainment program.