“Television sits at the heart of the digital media industry, boosted by multi-screen viewing and by social networks that are stimulating a global conversation,” commented Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat at the Eutelsat TV Awards ceremony that was celebrated in Rome on Friday, November 28.

The Eutelsat TV Awards is a unique event recognising the quality of thematic satellite TV channels. Over 100 channels from 20 countries participated in this year’s competition, their programming formats, innovation and audience relationship judged by an independent panel of media experts representing the world’s most dynamic broadcasting markets.

Longstanding channels that took home awards included Mexico’s Canal Once, Euronews, Eurosport and MTV Live HD that have each raised the bar for continually challenging their relationship with their growing audience base. Newly launched channels awarded for quickly developing their identity included Turkey’s Moviemax Turk HD, while Russia’s Kinoklub, Italy’s DMAX and Rai Yoyo and Spiegel TV Wissen from Germany stood out for high production standards and carving a clear and distinctive brand. Eurochannel scooped the People’s Choice Award that goes to the channel winning the highest number of votes from its fan base.

Deutsche Welle and Sky Atlantic HD were both distinguished in the Best Programme category for excelling in terms of production, performance and creativity. Deutsche Welle took home the prize for Non Fiction for The Highest Level that captures the intensity of interpreting two piano concertos by concert pianist Yang Yang, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

Sky Atlantic took home the Award for fiction for Gomorra, one of the most anticipated crime series of 2014. An intense drama produced by Sky Atlantic-Cattleya-Fandango production, in association with Beta Film that draws the viewer into the inner sanctum of organized crime in Naples. The series draws its roots from the critically-acclaimed novel by Roberto Saviano.

In addition to Awards bestowed by the Eutelsat TV Awards jury, Eutelsat announced two Special Awards at the ceremony in Rome attended by 350 executives from the global broadcasting industry.

An Award to Rai, Italy’s national public broadcaster for forging a path in 4k with two original co-productions (La Bohème, a co-production by RAI-COM / DBW Communication and Rossini, by Lina Wertmüller a co-production by RAI Strategie Tecnologiche).

To TAG (Telekom Austria Group) for its innovative approach to Direct-to-Home broadcasting in Central Europe. TAG’s white label platform, launched first in Croatia via the Eutelsat 16A satellite, is accelerating the transition to digital across the region.