“We want to transfer the Florida brand to other genres,” announced managing directors Thomas Schmitt and Arne Kreutzfeld at the end of 2019 in an interview with DWDL. “After all, the core business with Joko and Klaas is only scalable to a limited extent.” Judging by the awards at the German Television Prize 2021, it can be said that it worked out quite well: Florida managed to win a television prize with three different productions in all three areas of fiction, entertainment and information.
First of all there was the award in the category in which one would most likely expect the productions from Florida to be: Joko Winterscheidt’s new format “Who steals the show from me?”, Which made an excellent debut at ProSieben at the beginning of the year, won the award in the “Best Entertainment / Show” category.
In German television, which is otherwise often characterized by adaptations, it should be noted: It is an in-house development by Florida – as is “Joko & Klaas versus ProSieben”, whose main prize was responsible for the second Flordia television award. As is well known, it is about airtime that is actually limited to 15 minutes and can be freely used by Joko and Klaas on the evening after the show. When this turned into seven unannounced hours to document the entire shift of a caregiver, one of the most remarkable television moments of the year emerged, which was then honored with a television award in the “Best Infotainment” category.
And finally, a production by the subsidiary Florida Film, which was only founded in 2019, prevailed over the competition in the “Best Film” category: The improv production “Forever Summer 90” with Charly Hübner in the The main role made the “television award” triple complete with a fiction category. Almost tragic, however, that the Florida entertainment crew was only able to celebrate to a limited extent on Thursday evening – they were only connected from Munich due to ongoing filming.
In addition to Florida, there were two other production companies that won television awards with different productions: One year after “Prince Charming”, Cologne-based Seapoint Productions defended the television award for best reality with “Princess Charming” and also received the award for best factual entertainment for the Vox show “Showtime of my Life – Stars Against Cancer”. And Wiedemann & Berg (or W&B Television) not only won two prizes for “Para – Wir sind King”, but also the author Jantje Fries for the Netflix series “Dark”.