The Executive Commitee of the organizers motivated the choice: “The honorary award goes to a legend when it comes to sourcing and curating formats and programmes of all genres.”
The Danish Television Award celebrates the best programmes and the most remarkable achievements in the Danish tv-industry. The Danish Producers’ Association each year awards a number of prizes within a long list of categories.
During the 2020 event which took place at a red carpet event in Copenhagen Saturday evening, the honorary award entitled ‘The TV Otto’ (named so after Danish television legend Otto Leisner) was given to Anette Romer, TV 2 Denmark’s Head of Acquisitions & Formats.
In handling over the award the Executive Commitee of the organizers motivated the choice:
"The honorary award goes to a legend when it comes to sourcing and curating formats and programmes of all genres. The recipient has had her entire tv-career at TV 2 Denmark where she joined the broadcaster before it had even launched. Her only absence has been the frequent, regular trips to the many tv-markets to secure the content that would make a difference on TV 2 and its sister channels.
At the most important events, Mip & Mipcom, she was affectionately named ‘Queen of Cannes’ by colleagues. The list of titles that she has brought home is long, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, ‘Jeopardy!’, ‘Wheel of Fortune’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Changing Rooms’, ‘The Block’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Race Across the World’ (yet to air) to name just a few which all became solid and long-living hits for TV 2. For many years Anette Romer not only acquired but also commissioned both entertainment, lifestyle and events for the channel, always with a keen eye for what would appeal to the broad public and secure huge succeses and double digit ratings for TV 2."
"Never lose contact with your roots"
Anette Romer received the honorary award to standing ovations and in her thanking speech mentioned the importance of never losing contact with your roots:
"To be in touch with what you come from, never speak in derogatory terms of your viewers and always respect them, that is forever to be remembered".
She went on to underline the importance of one’s network and to build it through mutual trust:
"We may sit opposite each other professionally but we are united in our love for procuring and producing the best in television", Anette Romer said.