The driving force behind rapid growth

04.10.2021, The Netherlands, RTL Nederland / Fremantle

Videoland is investing heavily in drama and has announced three new Videoland Originals series, produced by Fremantle’s Fiction Valley, alongside a new Head of Drama, Mylène Verdurmen.

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Following the success of the series Mocro Maffia, which received a Televizierring (as previously reported) and two Golden Calf nominations, RTL Nederlands’ streaming service Videoland continues to invest in drama. Three new drama series are in development for Videoland. Mylène Verudrmen is also appointed as the new Head of Drama, responsible for the further development and realisation of new Videoland Originals.

Peter van der Vorst

“Dutch drama is one of the driving forces behind Videoland's rapid growth, which is why we are investing many millions of euros extra in new and original productions in the coming years,” says Peter van der Vorst, Director of Content at RTL Nederland. “In 2022 alone, more than ten films and series are planned, the first three of which we are announcing today. Each one of them is a topical home-grown story, made by top Dutch talent. Good news for our subscribers and for local makers. At Videoland, they will now have even more opportunities to develop their skills together with our drama team led by Mylène Verdurmen.”
 

Three new productions

The following productions are in development for Videoland, all produced by Fiction Valley, a Fremantle company.
 

Familiegeheimen (Family secrets)

In the sequel to the successful series Judas, a sophisticated, modern woman who ends up alone and terrified in a safe house fights her way back to a life of freedom without fear. The series is expected to be available on Videoland in the autumn of 2022.

The successful series Judas will get a sequel.

Sleepers

Since the 1980s, young people from the underworld have infiltrated the police academy, to later pass on critical information to organised crime. In the drama series Sleepers, Martin is sent to the police academy by his criminal foster father, only to start working for ruthless criminals. He does everything he can to stay alive in a dangerous and deadly world. The series is expected to be available on Videoland in the autumn of 2022.

Robert de Hoog, lead actor and Creative Producer, says: “I am honoured that RTL gave me the trust and opportunity to make Sleepers for Videoland. It’s special to see how Videoland has acquired a strong position in recent years with great productions, thereby giving young talent a chance to showcase themselves. I’m looking forward to getting started and working as a Creative Producer.”
 
De Toeslagenaffaire (The benefits scandal)

The RTL Creative Unit is co-producing a series with Fiction Valley (Fremantle Nederland) and La Claqueta (Fremantle Spain). The drama series is inspired by the De Toeslagenaffaire (Dutch childcare benefits scandal) and tells the story of key players in the political scandal concerning false allegations of fraud made by the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration while attempting to regulate the distribution of childcare benefits. Fremantle Spain has an exclusive deal with a lawyer who has been fighting the tax authorities for seven years. RTL News journalist Pieter Klein is also involved in the creation of the series.
 

New Head of Drama

In mid-November, Mylène Verdurmen will take on the role as Head of Drama at Videoland. The actress, writer and theatre director was previously Head of Drama at the Dutch public service broadcaster Avrotros. She will lead the drama team at Videoland to continue developing new drama and coordinating current productions.  

“The conversations I had with Peter van der Vorst about Videoland's delightful, bold and grand ambition to make a lot more quality drama and also to co-produce internationally convinced me with so much energy and joy that I could not help but decide to take on this substantial challenge together with him and the Videoland team,” says Verdurmen. “No guts, no glory! Let’s rock!”
 

Drama productions in the next few months

In addition to the above-mentioned titles, Videoland will also be showing various new drama productions in the next few months. The first three Videoland Academy films are already available on Videoland (as previously reported), alongside two new comedy titles, one action series, plus a planned fourth season of Mocro Maffia, produced by Fiction Valley.

In addition to Mocro Maffia, earlier successful Videoland Original series include Follow de SOA (Follow the STD), Barrie Barista en het Einde der Tijden (Barrie Barista and the End of Time), Lieve Mama (Dear Mama), Nieuwe Buren (New Neighbours), Judas, Meisje van Plezier (Girl of Pleasure), Soof, De Twaalf van Oldenheim (The Twelve of Oldenheim), De Twaalf van Schouwendam (The Twelve of Schouwendam), Random Shit and Zwarte Tulp (Black Tulip).