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  1. NL Film Appoints Sabine Brian as MD and Diederik Van Rooijen as Creative Director

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    NL Film, a Banijay company, today announces new senior leadership structure with Sabine Brian taking up the post of Managing Director and Diederik van Rooijen of Creative Director.

    Diederik van Rooijen, the TV and film director of hit NL Film series, Penoza, will start his new role in March, where he will be jointly responsible for the development and sales of new drama series and films.

    In his new position, Van Rooijen will work closely with Sabine Brian, who has been promoted to Managing Director. Formerly a producer at the company, her recent credits include The Resistance Banker, Stanley H, Commandos and Penoza: The Final Chapter. Joining Brian in the management of NL Film is Ronald Versteeg, who will continue his role as Business Director. Together, they are responsible for the daily running of the production company.

    Former Creative Director Kaja Wolffers leaves the company after more than ten years to pursue a role at Amazon Prime.

    Sabine Brian, Managing Director NL Film comments: “Diederik is incredibly talented, a creative jack-of-all-trades, in both development and production, and he is a great addition to the team. Having previously worked together, I see huge opportunity for us to develop more high-quality series and films for different target groups, channels and platforms. Kaja played a major role in positioning NL Film as a quality international producer and we wish him all the best in his new role at Amazon Prime. After ten fantastic years working with Kaja, I look forward to growing NL Film, together with Ronald, both here in the Netherlands and internationally.”

    Diederik van Rooijen, Creative Director NL Film comments: “I am really looking forward to embarking on this adventure together with Sabine and Ronald, in addition to developing NL Film’s portfolio within the Dutch and international market. No guts, no glory has always been my motto and I want to prove projects can never be too original and creative. Nowadays, films and series are available all over the world, so it is even more important to distinguish yourself with creativity.”

    In addition to recruiting Diederik van Rooijen, Boudewijn Rosenmuller, currently working as Creative Producer at NL Film, has been appointed Head of Development.

  2. 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.”