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  1. Four Acclaimed Dutch Dramas from NL Film Picked Up Internationally

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    NL Film, a Banijay company today confirms the sale of Commandos, The Columnist, Floor Rules and Remy and Juliyat to international streamers and broadcasters.


    Ten-part thriller Commandos follows Commander John de Koning as he struggles to come to terms with his recent failed mission in Nigeria, while protecting his former comrades from a murderer. Produced by NL Film and commissioned by AVROTROS, the Dutch hit has been picked up by SBS in Australia and TOPIC for the United States and Canada. The deal was agreed by French distributor Lagardère Studios Distribution.


    The Columnist launched on NPO 3 in January and follows Femke, a writer seeking to take revenge following a bout of personal attacks on social media. Supported by CoBO and BNNVARA, the telefilm has sold to Film Movement (US and Canada), Prio Spain (Spain), Vertigo Film (UK, Australia, and New Zealand), and Evrit (South Korea). First noticed at festivals in Germany, Canada, UK, Romania, Norway and the US, the dark comedy scooped an Audience Award at Fantasia Festival in Montreal.


    International Emmy Kids Awards-winner, Floor Rules, based on Marjon Hoffman’s series of novels, centres around Floor, a young girl who believes children should be able to create rules too and shares what she has learnt with her peers. From the very beginning, the youth-skewing series has been an enormous success, not only in the Netherlands but also beyond its borders having travelled to Germany via KiKa, France via Canal+, Belgium via VRT, Denmark via Danmarks Radio, Norway via NRK and has sold to Spanish broadcaster TV Catalunya.


    Last year NPO Zapp viewers followed the extraordinary love story of Remy and Juliyat, a modern retelling of the Shakespearean classic with all the drama, love and moral dilemmas. Produced by NL Film, and commissioned by AVROTROS, the show is now set for Finnish YLE and RTV Slovenia, the latter on which it will air as a film.


    The Columnist, Floor Rules and Remy and Juliyat are all distributed by Dutch Features.


    Creative Director and Producer NL Film Kaja Wolffers comments: “It’s great to see our diverse portfolio capturing more and more attention beyond its national borders. We are proud that the work of these creators is now visible outside the Netherlands, and hope the growing exposure continues to put future NL Film projects in the spotlight.”

  2. Sil Geurtsen Appointed Head of Programme Development at EndemolShine Nederland

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    EndemolShine Nederland, a Banijay Benelux label, has appointed Sil Geurtsen as Head of Programme Development. Together with his creative team, he will be responsible for devising and developing new formats, and supporting the development of international formats. He will report to Rob van der Vleugel, the company’s Producer of Non-Scripted.


    Rob van der Vleugel, Producer of Non-scripted at EndemolShine Nederland comments:“Sil is a huge asset to the team and our organisation. His excellent knowledge of what is going on within the international market, his expertise in developing ideas into formats, and his extensive creative network – both nationally and internationally – makes him the right person for this role.”


    Sil Geurtsen on his new position comments:“I am grateful to EndemolShine for the opportunities I have been given over the past few years to grow within the organisation, both nationally and internationally. I look forward to working with my five creative colleagues to develop new programmes for a global audience.”


    Before Geurtsen made the switch to EndemolShine Nederland in January 2017, he spent four years developing formats for Talpa. He began his career at EndemolShine working within the creative department as a programme developer across The Talent Project, The Road To The Million and The Biggest Quiz. In 2018, he was seconded to the creative department of EndemolShine North America for ten months, where he was responsible for developing new formats and pitching programmes to the American networks and streamers.