German Netflix series “The Empress” honored in the USA

German historical drama “The Empress” honored in the USA

New York. The German historical drama “The Empress” won the International Emmy for best drama series. The Netflix series about Austria’s former Empress Elisabeth prevailed on Monday evening (local time) in New York against productions from South Korea, Argentina and Great Britain.

After 2016 and the prize for “Deutschland 83”, it is the second time that the award in the main category of the television award for non-US American productions goes to Germany.

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Producer Jochen Laube: “We are incredibly honored”

After the victory, the team around author Katharina Eyssen and producer Jochen Laube cheered exuberantly for minutes in front of the worldwide press. “It’s surreal,” Eyssen told the German Press Agency, saying she couldn’t believe the success. She believes that the emotions and dynamics of the family history of “The Empress” fascinated the audience and jury. “The depth of the characters is what won people over,” Eyssen said of the feedback on the series. “This story is not about a princess marrying a king. “It’s about a rebellious young woman,” Eyssen said in her acceptance speech on stage.

Producer Jochen Laube and author Katharina Eyssen won the International Emmy for best drama series with “The Empress”.

“We are incredibly honored,” said producer Jochen Laube after the award. The entire team implemented the material from the heart and is now happy about the great success, especially in view of the “smart, friendly and extremely eloquent competition”. According to him, more than 100 million people worldwide have watched at least parts of the series on the streaming provider Netflix.

A total of four German nominations

The three other German nominees, however, came away empty-handed. “Nazi Hunters – Journey into Darkness” had to admit defeat to the documentary “Mariupol: The People’s Story” about the fate of war victims in Ukraine. “Classical Music under the Swastika – The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz” as the best cultural program and “Meet… Anne Frank” as the best non-fiction program for children were also unable to prevail in their categories.

The International Emmys are the global offshoot and essentially the little sister of the main Emmy ceremony on January 15th, which is considered the most important TV and streaming award in the world.

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