The series, based on the rise of erotic phone lines in the late 80s, was written by Pieter Bart Korthu and produced by Amsterdam-based company, Fiction Valley the center of a cultural revolution with house music and the drug, XTC.
Netflix announced the arrival of its new Dutch original series, "Dirty Lines." Dirty Lines is written by Pieter Bart Korthuis (Fighter’s Heart, Penoza) and produced by Amsterdam based production company Fiction Valley. “We’re thrilled to announce our latest original series Dirty Lines about young entrepreneurs seizing a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Tesha Crawford, Director International Originals Northern Europe. ”We have been excited to tell a surprising story that combines elements of Amsterdam we have seen before but is told from an angle that is new to many. By working together with Fiction Valley, we can create a unique feeling of that era.”
"Dirty Lines" is inspired by the book 06-Cowboys by Fred Saueressig and is about the rise of erotic phone lines in the late 80s. According to Pieter Bart Korthuis, Dirty Lines provides a glimpse of the late 80s during the rise of the club scene in Amsterdam, consisting of fast money and underbelly, representing sexuality and power. “I am honored that Fiction Valley will produce Dirty Lines in collaboration with Netflix," Annemieke van Vliet, Creative Director and Producer at Fiction Valley said. "I have experienced what it is like to be able to work with them and I admire their drive and professionalism. Very exciting times ahead of us and I can’t wait to join forces again on this project.”
The series tells the story of young businessman Frank Stigter. After several unsuccessful attempts to start his own business, Frank sees his chance when the national telephone company PTT introduces premium-rate numbers. With the help of his brother and sister and some dubious investors, he starts the first telecom sex company in Europe. What starts as a clumsy improvised experiment in their parents' garage, rapidly develops into a multi-million dollar industry.
Set at the end of the Cold War, the series intends to inspire younger generations to celebrate life to the fullest. Amsterdam becomes the center of a cultural revolution with house, a new radical from of music and a new love-drug, XTC and the erotic phone lines offer any form of sexual service, affecting the morality of its consumers.
We have been excited to tell a surprising story that combines elements of Amsterdam we have seen before but is told from an angle that is new to many. By working together with Fiction Valley, we can create a unique feeling of that.” Tesha Crawford Director International Originals Northern Europe