“Supernasen” director Dieter Pröttel is dead

Updated on 12/28/2022 at 12:57 p.m

  • Mourning for Dieter Pröttel: The director died at the age of 91.
  • With films like “Die Supernasen” and shows like the “Rudi Carrell Show” he shaped the West German TV landscape.

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He staged West Germany’s start into the color television era: the busy entertainment director Dieter Pröttel is dead. Südwestrundfunk (SWR) in Baden-Baden and television producer Werner Kimmig confirmed this on Wednesday at the request of the German Press Agency.

Pröttel was considered a legend in the industry: the best known are his directing work on the comedies “Die Supernasen” (1983) and “Zwei Nase tanken Super” (1984) with Mike Krüger and Thomas Gottschalk. From the 1960s to the 1990s, however, he also shaped many popular entertainment programs, such as the “Rudi Carrell Show”, “The Pyramid”, “Talentschuppen” or “Auf Los geht’s los”.

Pröttel died “with the family”

Pröttel also directed Germany’s first color television program in 1967: the transmission from the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in West Berlin had begun as a black-and-white broadcast. At that time, Vice Chancellor Willy Brandt pressed a red button to convert the live transmission from the trade fair to color TV.

After more than 3,000 productions, Dieter Pröttel ended his active work as a director in 2006. He died on December 26 at the age of 91 “with the family” near Starnberg, as it was said.
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