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German Audiobook Award

German Audiobook Award

The  German Audiobook Award has been awarded to outstanding audiobook productions since 2003 and is one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. The awards ceremony, held annually in March, brings many well-known narrators, producers and publishers to Cologne.
The prize is awarded in seven categories:
The prize is awarded in seven categories:
  • "Best Female Narrator"
  • "Best Male Narrator"
  • "Best Radio Drama"
  • "Best Non-Fiction Audiobook"
  • "Best Children's Audiobook", awarded by the jury of ZEIT LEO
  • "Best Publishing Achievement"
  • "Best Audiobook in (this year’s special) Category"

Together with Westdeutscher Rundfunk, WDR mediagroup launched the German Audiobook Award and is a founding member of the sponsoring association. Other members are the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the international literary festival in Cologne Lit.COLOGNE, Hessischer Rundfunk,  Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Studio Hamburg and the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT.


German Audiobook Award

WDR mediagroup is one of the funding bodies of the Verein Deutscher Hörbuchpreis e.V. and assumes key organisational responsibilities; the jury sessions are also held under its roof. Furthermore, it offers interested partners attractive sponsorship opportunities related to the gala ceremony, which is broadcasted nationwide on radio and television.

CIVIS Media Prize

Civis Media Prize

The CIVIS Media Prize honours the best programmes on the issue of integration and cultural diversity in Europe. Prizes are awarded to radio, TV and online programmes that promote the peaceful coexistence of people of different national, ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds.

CIVIS wishes to heighten journalists' awareness of the issues of integration and cultural diversity and to encourage them in the work that they do by giving awards to exemplary programmes. The CIVIS Media Prize is a European and German TV prize as well as a European radio prize that is awarded to German-language programmes in the EU and Switzerland each year. In addition, there is a European award in the form of the "Young CIVIS Media Prize" as well as an award for journalistic websites on integration and cultural diversity, the "CIVIS Online Media Prize".
Civis Media Prize

The management of WDR mediagroup has been on the jury since 2012. In addition, the Internet Service Division supports the technical processes necessary for the online registration for participation in the CIVIS Media Prize.

11,000 Stars for Cologne Cathedral initiative

11.000 Stars for Cologne Cathedral

"11,000 Stars for Cologne Cathedral" is a fundraising project of a very special kind. Anyone who feels particularly committed to Cologne Cathedral and wishes to support its preservation financially can acquire a star with his or her name on it, which is then set into the ground in front of the world-famous cathedral. This will result with a "carpet of starts" around Cologne Cathedral, starting at its northern entrance. The stonemasons of the cathedral workshop (Dombauhütte) are responsible for its design and execution. They were inspired by the medieval floor pattern of one of the cathedral’s chapels. 

The inauguration of the star carpet, with its first 60 donors, took place in mid-July 2013. Besides  WDR mediagroup, prominent donors also include the Kreissparkasse Köln, SAL. OPPENHEIM and the family of former WDR Director Monika Piel.

As one of the first donors, WDR mediagroup has acquired a star that can be seen in front of the northern portal of the Cologne Cathedral.

rheingold Congress

rheingold Congress

rheingold - Institut für qualitative Markt- und Medienanalysen GmbH und Co. KG
Breaking Brav – that was the motto of the 8th rheingold Congress, which took place on 10 February 2015 in Cologne and was organised by the renowned rheingold Institute.

In German, being 'brav' means conforming, always keeping yourself in check, and wanting to ensure everything is quantified and ensured against risk. 'Brav' people prefer a secure present to an uncertain future.

But what might daily life be like – what might men, women, children, markets, and advertising be like – if they were actually brave rather than 'brav'? Why is it good to break rules, show courage and take risks? And why does being brave (as opposed to 'brav') open up new insights and make life more fun? These were the compelling questions considered at this year's congress.
Rheingold Congress

WDR mediagroup has supported the event as a sponsor since the 7th rheingold Kongress in 2012.

Career and family

Career and family

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HR manager Stefan Hölzgen (second from right) at the award ceremony of the certificate from audit berufundfamilie in Berlin on June 29, 2015.
Family-friendly policies are part of WDR mediagroup's corporate philosophy. A wide range of initiatives is available to help employees meet their commitments to both their career and their family.

WDR mediagroup has been awarded several times for its initiatives and since 2005 has been certified by the 'audit berufundfamilie' [career and family audit]. It has also been recognised for the diversity of its workforce.
audit berufundfamilie audit berufundfamilie
The audit berufundfamilie is an initiative by the non-profit Hertie Foundation. It helps companies to implement a sustainable, family-friendly HR policy. Recommended by major German trade unions, it assesses the scope for family-friendly policies and offers companies tailored solutions. WDR mediagroup first received the audit's basic certification back in 2005, since then certification has been reconfirmed many times, most recently in March 2015.
Erfolgsfaktor Familie Erfolgsfaktor Familie
Germany's Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior. Citizens, Women and Youth founded the Erfolgsfaktor Familie [Family Success Factor] competition to recognise the country's most family-friendly firms. The aim is to publicise success stories, air ideas and highlight the fact that family-friendly policies benefit both employees and employers. In 2005 and 2008, WDR mediagroup was among the winners in the SME category.

WDRmg brings Maus and friends to Asia and America

WDRmg The International Content Sales is reporting successful deals in the children’s segment to China, South Korea, America and Mexico for pay TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and free TV.

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Autentic takes full control of Autentic Distribution

WDRmg As part of the realignment of the WDRmg, the investment portfolio is also being reviewed. In this connection, the decision has been made to sell the shares in Autentic Distribution.

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"Gigglebug" comes to Channel 5's "Milkshake!"

Copyright: Gigglebug Entertainment The British broadcaster is betting on Gigglebug’s international popularity in the online world and will stream the episodes of the series on Milkshake!’s first ever YouTube channel as well as on the block’s website, milkshake.tv.

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Reality and Comedy: New orginal WDR-formats on the market

Copyright: WDR Content buyers from all over the world can now purchase the rights to produce international adaptations or remakes of the brand new reality formats "My Garden on a Plate" (pictured) and "Made with Love" as well as the fictional comedy series "Suck it up!".

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"Little Sandman" added to sales catalogue

Copyright: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) The German cult programme as well as four additional children's formats that deal with dreaming and going to sleep are now available for international TV broadcasting, DVD publication and video on demand exploitation.

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"Shaun the Sheep": New licensed products for pet accessories

Copyrights: Trixie Heimtierbedarf Trixie, the European market leader for pet supplies, will expand its popular range of "Shaun the Sheep" accessoires. Pet-owners can look forward to new plush squeak toys and cosy dog comforters.

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“WildWoods”: broadcasting rights available now

Copyright: Sixteen South The new live action series by Irish production studio Sixteen South will be filmed in summer 2017. It features puppets in beautiful outdoor locations and aims to encourage children to appreciate nature.

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Kavaleer and WDRmg team up for "Dougie Noir"

Copyright: Kavaleer, WDRmg 2016 Kavaleer Productions and WDR mediagroup will collaborate on a new 52 x 11 action-comedy series for 6-11 year olds, "Dougie Noir". The (estimated) €4.5m series is scheduled to begin pre-production Summer 2017.

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On the way to new heights in international commercial orbit

Copyright: NICI Q Pootle 5 travels at full throttle, and not just aboard his spaceship! Renowned toy manufacturers NICI and Bullyland will launch a range of new merchandising products at retail stores across Europe and beyond.

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