The Bambi, often simply called Bambi Awards and stylised as BAMBI,
are presented annually by
Hubert Burda Media
Hubert Burda Media to recognize excellence
in international media and television, awarded to personalities in the
media, arts, culture, sports and other fields "with vision and
creativity who affected and inspired the German public that year,"
both domestic and foreign. First held in 1948, they are the oldest
media awards in Germany. The award is named after Felix Salten's book
Bambi, A Life in the Woods
Bambi, A Life in the Woods and its statuettes are in the shape of the
novel's titular fawn character. They were originally made of
porcelain, until 1958 when the organizers switched to using gold, with
the casting done by the art casting workshop of Ernst Strassacker in
Frequent awardees include
Heinz Rühmann (12), Peter Alexander and O.
W. Fischer (10),
Sophia Loren (9),
Maria Schell (8).
Rock Hudson (6),
Pierre Brice (5) and
Céline Dion (3).
Franz Beckenbauer, Leipzig, 27 November 1990
The Bambi originated in 1942. The first prize winners were the actors
Jean Marais and Marika Rökk, as well as the DEFA-director Prof. Kurt
Maetzig. His movie
Ehe im Schatten
Ehe im Schatten (Marriage in the Shadows) was
chosen for the best German movie. At the 60th jubilee of the Bambi in
2008, the co-founder of the DEFA, who celebrated his 100th birthday on
25 January 2011, received a duplicate of a porcelain Bambi, because
the original had been broken.
The award trophy was at first a fawn made of white porcelain, which
was produced in the Majolika Manufaktur in
Karlsruhe by the sculptor
Else Bach (1899-1952). Since 1958 the golden-bronze deer has been
produced in the art foundry Ernst Strassacker in the Swabian village
of Süßen. According to Marika Rökk's daughter, the name Bambi is
attributed to her because she'd said to her mother, after she brought
the prize home: "Oh, you brought a Bambi for me," inspired by the book
Felix Salten or the 1942
Disney movie with the same name.
The Bambi awards were presented in
Karlsruhe between 1948 and 1964,
afterwards in other cities, such as
Berlin and Offenburg.
Michael Jackson won the Pop Artist of the Millennium Award and
Anastacia won the Best Newcomer Award. In 2003 and 2004, the awards
ceremony took place in the Theater am Hafen in Hamburg. 2006 the Bambi
was awarded in the Museum of the Mercedes-Benz-Weltin in Stuttgart,
moderated by entertainer
Harald Schmidt and model Eva Padberg. In
2007, the ceremony was held in the Congress Center in Düsseldorf
(CCD), and in 2008 in Offenburg. Both events were presented by Harald
Schmidt. Award recipients in 2009 included Colombian singer/songwriter
and choreographer Shakira, actress Kate Winslet, Austrian actor
Christoph Waltz, and Giorgio Armani, whose niece Roberta Armani
accepted the award for him.
Shakira performed her single "Did It
Again" before accepting her award.The awards in 2009 and 2010 were
performed in the Metropolis-Hall in Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 2014, the
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark received a Bambi in the charity
category for her extensive work for women's rights. 
Bambi awards are judged by
Hubert Burda and the editors-in-chief at
Hubert Burda Media.
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