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Head of Children and Family Entertainment
My name is Brigitta and I am from Germany. I’m the Head of Children’s and Family TV - department of WDR. (That’s a public broadcasting station connected to the ARD.) I started this job in January 2010.
I myself am also not new to the field of children’s programmes. I’m working in this area for 30 years now. During this time I was lucky enough to produce all genres of TV which are still represented in our current programme. For 15 years I have been responsible for the show with Käpt’n Blaubär which is a puppet-production. Along the way I also coproduced some animation series. And I did a variety of genres from sitcom to nonverbal more poetic cartoons, some liveaction series and a show about animals. Before I joined the children’s department I was the commissioner for factual magazines for teens and also responsible for documentaries for adults. I developed some formats for WDR and was very happy to receive some prizes for my work in return. Among these were two Grimme Awards, which is he most important TVprize in Germany. In 2004 I won the Prix Jeunesse Webprize with my website Käpt’n Blaubär and in 2009 the Bayrischer Fernsehpreis for a musical I produced.
The last productions which I was part of were Shaun the Sheep and The Little Prince. They won some prizes too. But the most successful children’s show of WDR is Die Sendung mit der Maus which is running for 43 years now. I was a member of the German Jury for the “Emmy Kids Award” the last two years and I am very pleased that our main character, the MOUSE together with our daughter company wdr-mediagroup will be partner of the Award ceremonies for the next years.
Featured in: Lunching With...; 30 Minutes with Brigitta Muhlenbeck, WDR