The comedian and presenter Andreu Buenafuente has been awarded the National Television Award. The Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, has announced the news on his Twitter account: “The National Television Award that we grant from the ministry has just failed. The jury has unanimously decided to award it to the great Andreu Buenafuente. I have called you to let you know and to congratulate you. I want to do it here too: congratulations, teacher! ”. Buenafuente’s response was immediate: “Thank you very much, Minister. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without the good teams that have surrounded me and made me grow. The award belongs to each and everyone ”. The award is endowed with 30,000 euros.
The jury, unanimously, wanted to recognize Buenafuente “the versatility of a professional career that encompasses very different languages and formats, as well as the meeting in its creative personality of the different facets of the producer, comedian, presenter or actor. In all of them, it has been able to incorporate exemplary innovations for the new generations of professionals, highlighting its generosity in training and managing work teams. His contribution to television during the period of the pandemic is especially relevant ”.
Buenafuente, who currently presents the Late Motiv program on Movistar +, has been linked to television since the early 1990s. Then he appeared on TV3 programs such as Tot per l’audiència or Persones humanes. It was on Catalan television that he became known in that decade in programs produced by his production company, El Terrat. He stood out with the late night shows La cosa nostra and Una altra cosa before making the leap to national television on Antena 3 with another late night, which would bear his surname as a title, Buenafuente, and for which he received the Ondas award in 2006. before Atresmedia passed the program to La Sexta due to a drop in audiences.
At that time and thanks to the program, names such as Rodolfo Chikilicuatre (a character played by David Fernández who ended up representing Spain in Eurovision in 2008) became famous throughout Spain; the character of El Neng (Edu Soto); Jordi Évole (with a character known as El noisemaker), or the comedian Berto Romero. In 2011 he returned to TV3 with the program Com va la vida ?, together with the scientific disseminator Eduard Punset and in 2012 he continued on Antena 3 with Good Night and Buenafuente, a weekly program broadcast on Sundays in prime time, which only had five episodes . In 2016 he was signed by Movistar +, where Late Motiv began and continues to this day.
In this edition, the National Television jury has been chaired by Adriana Moscoso, general director of Cultural Industries, Intellectual Property and Cooperation; and as vice president has acted Carmen Páez, general deputy director of Promotion of Cultural Industries. The members of this edition have been: Beatriz Navas, general director of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA); Irene de Lucas, adviser to the cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Sports; Pepe Quílez, vice president of the board of directors of the Academy of Television and Audiovisual Sciences and Arts; Vicente Torres, scriptwriter, producer and television specialist; Sergio Oslé, president of Movistar +; Ana María Peláez, director of the Essentials program, and Cristina Andreu Cuevas, president of the association of women filmmakers and audiovisual media Cima.
The National Television Award has been awarded in previous editions to the series Tell me how it happened (2009); Chicho Ibáñez Serrador and 23-F, The most difficult day of the King (2010); The informative services of TVE (2011); Jesús Hermida (2012), Concha García Campoy (2013), the Isabel series (2014), José Luis Balbín (2015), El Hormiguero 3.0 (2016), Matías Prats (2017), Victoria Prego (2018) and, in his last call, to the Essential Program (2019).