Banijay Benelux has formed a strategic partnership with Amsterdam-based Topkapi. According to the group, in officiating its relationship with the “Flying Dutchmen” and “The Terrible Eighties” drama producer, the group further expands its scripted portfolio and strengthens its footing in the international market, driving further development and co-production opportunities in the drama and film space.
Behind films like “Piece of My Heart” and “Close,” Topkapi is an established production company with more than 25 years of experience in development and production across drama and film. Creatively and business-led by Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld and Frans van Gestel, the international entity has been at the forefront of 50 international co-productions, and has over 100 titles in its catalogue. Its award-winning offering includes Academy Award and BAFTA-winning film “Another Round,” and “Close,” which is currently in the running for four European accolades.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Topkapi, which has a great reputation for high-quality drama series and films both locally and internationally. With an impressive global creative network that fits seamlessly with our co-production ambitions beyond our national borders, the label is a perfect fit for our family,” commented Peter Lubbers, CEO of Banijay Benelux.
Frans van Gestel, Producer at Topkapi, added: “In Banijay Benelux, we have found an international operating partner that allows us to realise our ambition in the field of co-producing international series. The clout of its wider sales and distribution arm allows us to bring our new titles and catalogue, with more than 100 different films and series, to the attention of parties outside the Netherlands and also build new relationships with international writers, directors and producers.”
Banijay Benelux has built a strong track record in scripted via NL Film, which to date has been behind hits including “Penoza,” “Modern Love,” “Van der Valk,” and “Commandos,” and with EndemolShine Scripted, responsible for “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Roombeek” and daily drama “GTST.”